offerings – A photography series by Wai Teik
5 April @ 11:00 am - 29 April @ 5:00 pm
Head to Chan + Hori Contemporary for offerings, Chan Wai Teik’s (known as Wai Teik) first solo show with the gallery. The exhibition will feature artwork from the award-winning contemporary artist, fashion photographer and creative director. offerings will coincide with the 20th anniversary of his photography studio Wai Teik Photography and marks his first solo exhibition. The 5 April opening date will also astronomically mark the coming of spring and falling on Qing Ming Festival, denotes the occasion to remember, honour and tend to the graves of deceased ancestors. In rethinking, reimagining, and reworking the traditional representation of the ritual of offering, Wai Teik has imparted a contemporary sensibility to a mysterious progression in narrative.
Within the series, Wai Teik is experimenting with visual representations and social commentaries in a style seemingly at diametrical opposites. Yet it is exactly this incongruity that allows him to bridge the past with the present, Eastern & Western ideologies, and born a body of work that invites discourse and conversation. The first of Wai Teik’s exploration in the subjects of death, offerings and the innate human need to remember our dearly departed, the series is comprised of carefully executed photographs of a single, solitary model. The visuals are powerfully stark and arresting, reconciling his award winning photographic style with conceptual sensibility. Portraits are shrouded in gold- foiled bamboo papers traditionally used to create the “material wealth” offered up as offerings to the deceased. Wai Teik deconstructs then magnifies these objects traditionally folded from bamboo papers and transforms them into sculptural body armour. The combination of the spiritual and the carnal creates a balanced mid point between two extremities. The female model whose strong angular form shrouded in darkness and slowly devoured by flames functions as medium for the viewer to explore his or her own mythos.