Exhibition | 22.02.-24.03.2018 Gestures of Truthfulness - a conjunction of Edgar Leciejewski and Eugene Zhang

 Gestures of Truthfulness - a conjunction of Edgar Leciejewski and Eugene Zhang Edgar Leciejewski & Eugene Zhang

Thu, 22.02.2018 -
Sat, 24.03.2018

Goethe-Gallery & Black Box Studio

14/F Hong Kong Arts Centre
No.2 Harbour Road

Photo Exhibition. Curated by Harald Kraemer

In cooperation with School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong MA Programme Curating Art & Media

Exhibition Opening
22.2.2018 (Thu) at 7:00 PM in the presence of Edgar Leciejewski and Eugene Zhang
Introduction by Dr. Harald Kraemer, conducted in English

  • 1 © Goethe-Institut Hongkong
  • 2 © Goethe-Institut Hongkong
  • 3 © Goethe-Institut Hongkong
  • 4 © Goethe-Institut Hongkong
  • 5 © Goethe-Institut Hongkong
  • 6 © Goethe-Institut Hongkong
  • 7 © Goethe-Institut Hongkong
  • 8 © Goethe-Institut Hongkong

In this exhibition, the works of two photographers, Edgar Leciejewski from Leipzig and Eugene Zhang from Hong Kong, enter into a dialogue on the topics of life and death, beauty and transience. A selection of still-life photographs from the Aves series by Edgar Leciejewski are juxtaposed with large-format portraits of Eugene Zhang's Androgyny series. The pictured birds, whose beauty goes beyond the moment of death, encounter portraits of young people who have a life ahead of them. The combination of both creates a symbolic Memento Mori ("the thought of death") or a powerful Carpe Diem ("seize the day!").

In the Black Box Studio, another work by Edgar Leciejewski is presented with 77 cyanotypes of the series A Circle Full of Ecstasy. The repetitive poses and gestures of the portrayed politicians and celebrities are debunked by two other selected portraits from Eugene Zhang's series Androgyny as empty pathos formulas.

Both artists will be present at the opening and give an insight into their work in a conversation with curator Harald Kraemer. Edgar Leciejewski will hold a lecture at Hong Kong Baptist University and will also be giving a public workshop on cyanotype on February 24, in cooperation with the Hong Kong International Photo Festival Society. More information here.

Edgar Leciejewski © Edgar Leciejewski Edgar Leciejewski (b. 1977 in Berlin) lives and works in Leipzig and Ho Chi Minh City,
Vietnam. He studied with Peter Piller, Christopher Muller and Timm Rautert at the
Academy of Visual Arts Leipzig. His work has been presented in several institutional solo exhibitions, such as in Berlin, Cologne and Munich as well as in London, New York and Toronto and many other places. Leciejewski has received several grants by both German and international institutions. His work belongs to private collections and to museums in Germany, Europe, USA and Canada. Leciejewski explores the various social and scientific uses of photography. His work employs an experimental, analytic approach to the medium of photography by using various techniques and media. Besides content-related issues and the reflection of his own work, he is interested in issues such as the rhetoric of the photographic series, the photographic genre, the composition, and how as much time as possible can fit in a single photographic image. His pictures are repositories of time that allow for the slowing down of the act of seeing.

Eugene Zhang © Eugene Zhang Born and raised in Shenzhen, China. ZHANG, Xun(Eugene) is a photographer and documentary filmmaker. After receiving a Master’s degree in Media Cultures at the City University of Hong Kong, he works as a research associate in CityU, making documentaries and continuing on his photographic series.
In 2015, he started his photographic series Androgyny, which aims to break gender stereotype, seeking to express “everyone is mentally androgynous” through black and white portraiture. This series was exhibited in Shenzhen, Taipei and Vienna, and also brought him to TEDxZhujiangNewtown for idea sharing.
As a documentary filmmaker, currently works as editor on an ADC supported feature documentary, Havana Divas, and documentary Red Rock, about China’s Rock&Roll phenomenon, Cui Jian. The first short documentary he directed, Granny and Mommy has been screened in Hong Kong Ground Up Student Film Festival and Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture(UABB), and won the Best of the Show (Documentary) in Annual Show of School of Creative Media, CityU.