Hou Lam Tsui 徐皓霖 x RNH Space:
12 February - 31 March 2022
RNH Space is proud to present Blind Curve, Hou Lam Tsui’s solo exhibition. Spanning videos, photographs, and installation, this exhibition features newly commissioned works that mirror commodified love, emotions, and bodies amid a capitalist society. The artist examines the perversion of reality in contemporary romantic relationships as well as our quotidian activities, rethinking the inevitable commodification through fragments and floating signifiers.
As suggested by Eva Illouz in The End of Love, in the times of penetrating capitalisation, what is marked as an attractive quality we look for in our love interests is merely a consumer substyle–we define them by the commodities they pursue or possess. What is seen as a heartfelt affection is in fact an audience reaction to the economic performance. Tsui selects a Japanese City Pop song Blind Curve by Momoko Kikuchi as the exhibition title, suggesting to view love from an alternative angle when the complexity as well as the dangerous side of love is less visible.
正如 Eva Illouz 的著作《為什麼不愛了》（The End of Love）所指，在資本化滲透的時代，愛情淪落為消費主義的傀儡——當我們聲稱愛上一個人的某種特質時，不過是愛上其消費品味。情感與商品的糾纏令我們的真心變質卻不自知，所謂發自內心的愛慕，其實只是一場對商業把戲拍手叫好的鬧劇。展覽「盲彎處」的英文展題取自菊池桃子的同名City Pop歌曲《Blind Curve》——喻指當難以釐清情愛中潛藏的複雜性與危機時，或應換個角度以揭示其本質。
︎Hou Lam Tsui reflects on her obsession with City Pop and Shōwa aesthetics, and their significance for her art practice.
About Hou Lam Tsui 徐皓霖
Hou Lam Tsui (b. 1997) lives and works in Hong Kong. Tsui received a BA in Fine Art and History of Art at the University of Leeds in 2018. Her practice centres around personal experience, gender politics, boundaries, and peripheral storytelling. She also writes poems.