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Reproduction of Reproduction
by Hanart TZ Gallery
Location: Hanart TZ Gallery, Hanart Square
Artist(s): CHOW Chun Fai
Date: 30 Sep - 23 Oct 2010

Hanart TZ Gallery will hold renowned young local artist Chow Chun-fai fourth solo exhibition in Hong Kong. The exhibition Reproduction of Reproduction uses paintings of famous Chinese film as a starting point, to discuss the possibility of endless reproductions in art. Chow was born in Hong Kong in 1980 and finished his Bachelor and Master degree in Chinese University Hong Kong. He received awards include “Hong Kong Arts Centre 30th Anniversary Award Grand Prize” in 2008 and “The Sovereign Asian Art Prize.”

Chow Chun-fai started with painting that put Hong Kong landscape and taxi in the spot light. Afterwards, he used a mixture of photography and painting to create a series of work using western classical painting as drafts. In 2006, he started using film as his work’s motif; using local classical imagery to transform into art work.

Many Hong Kong made films, especially early ones, would base their stories on historical facts. But many elements of those films are still fictional. The new works that will be shown in Reproduction of Reproduction would base on films which used adapted screenplays. For example in “Red Cliffs”, the movie is about the Battle of Red Cliffs which itself from the novel The Romance of Three Kingdoms. In turn The Romance of Three Kingdoms is based on The Records of Three Kingdoms. The narration and form of the Battle of the Red Cliffs is very different between the film, the novel and history. This is an example of a classical motif being continuously reproduced in different ages and different cultures. Another work, Flirting Scholar, recalls a film directed by Stephen Chow. The first version that the artist watched was a Cantonese opera version instead of this. Both stories might not be correlated with the historical Tang Baihu. Yet, the artist wants to recreate a dialogue through redraw a film with an adapted screenplay to bring out the story of the reproduction.

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