Art

Album reviews, art house films and the latest exhibitions
South China Morning Post
  1. Ever wondered what the post-Covid-19 world might look like? Well, 11 talented young artists in Hong Kong have painted a picture for you as they present their visions of tomorrow in an exhibition at Art and Culture Outreach, in Wan Chai. Titled “After_”, the show also marks the culmination of a mentorship programme that pairs emerging talents with established creatives, such as veteran video artist Ellen Pau and interdisciplinary artist Kingsley Ng Siu-king. The exhibition features the works of…
  2. The debut series of romance mockumentary Lovestruck in the City (Netflix, two episodes weekly) weighs in with an absorbing helping of both as it follows the adventures in love – or lack thereof – boasted about, admitted to, invented or concealed by six young men and women (three of each) making their way in the big city. Not that the city limits represent any geographical constraints, especially for on-again, off-again couple Jae-won (Ji Chang-wook) and Eun-oh (Kim Ji-won), who do their…
  3. Face masks have become a part of daily life as one of the measures – along with frequent handwashing and social distancing – outlined in public health policy guidelines to help slow the spread of Covid-19.But around the world, masks are now more than just a weapon in the fight against the pandemic. They have become politicised, reflecting cultural attitudes and sparking debates over human rights and freedom of choice.Hong Kong photographer Birdy Chu is fascinated with masks and how they are…
  4. Writing on the wall: I was born in 1980, in Düsseldorf, Germany. I’m mixed race – my dad is German and my mother is Chinese. My father was in advertising and my mother is an actress. My mum (Ankie Lau Heung-ping) travelled a lot for work. Shoots in the 1980s were much longer than they are now, and she was shooting all over the world. Looking back, I understand why she did it, but when I was young, I didn’t like it.I was bullied in kindergarten for being mixed race. My father and a nanny would…
  5. Love is often a marathon … but sometimes it’s a sprint, making it the perfect after-training pursuit for a group of South Korea’s feted young track stars in Run On (Netflix, series one now streaming, new episodes weekly). Ki Seon-gyeom (Im Si-wan), not yet the best athlete of the bunch but clearly the chosen one for narrative purposes, is all beat-the-stopwatch drive and focus when he has his running shoes on. Away from the stadium, however, he’s as serene as a Zen master levitating over a…
  6. Hong Kong artist Wing Chan is a master of turning the ordinary into the extra­ordinary, best illustrated by his “Urban Tapestry” photomontage series, a fusion of pop art, street art and graffiti iconography that shines fresh light on the mundane aspects of city life: shopping malls, escalators, train platforms and commuting passengers. “My inspirations come from travelling, watch­ing people, observing what is around me, seeing and feeling life,” says Chan, whose latest series, “Improvise”,…
  7. If this unprecedented year of upheaval and dislocation has convinced you that existence is just one big, brutal, alternative-reality game from which no one escapes alive, then Alice in Borderland (Netflix) is in your corner.The eight manga-inspired episodes of series one (now streaming) won’t fill you with hope for the new year, but may reflect a disconcerting 12 months in their fiendish appraisal of what it takes to survive an apocalypse.Three Tokyo deadbeats (Kento Yamazaki, Yuki Morinaga and…
  8. If, with a few days still to go, you’re already Yuletid’ed out and would rather your spirits were not of the cosy, Christmassy variety, there’s a noodle shop with your name on it. And not just any old noodle shop, either. Down in fictional Jungjin town in The Uncanny Counter (series one, Netflix, new episodes weekly) is Eonni’s Noodles, front for the headquarters of an unlikely team of Korean rooftop-jumping, evil-spirit vanquishers good at martial arts. Their rawest vigilante recruit is So Mun…
  9. Strange place: I was born in 1981 in Shenyang, northeast China. My father is an engineer and my mother a housewife. I’m an only child. Shenyang is very cold in winter. It can fall to minus 30 degrees Celsius, and it snows. Winter was always a happy time as a child. My grandfather made a wooden sledge and I’d slide down the mountain and onto the frozen lake. It was so much fun. We’d eat hotpot and I remember my parents drinking strong white wine to keep them warm. As a child, I loved to move…
  10. The pick of Netflix’s 2020 stocking fillers spells new movies soaked in seasonal bonhomie and sugary glee – plus a dose of redemption for the bad guys, naturally. Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without the traditional, festive croonings of, er, Dolly Parton. Country music’s fairy godmother is benevolence personified in Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square, in which she must scupper the plans of a Scrooge-channelling landlady plotting to turn her hometown into a shopping centre. More…