Elaine Chiu : Before Memories Expire


Elaine Chiu
Before Memories Expire

Opening Reception:
6 May 2021, 17:00 - 20:00

Public Open:
7 May - 6 June 2021
11:00 - 19:00 Mon - Sat
11:00 - 17:00 Sun & holiday

Venue :
Shops 218-219, 2/F, Landmark Atrium,
15 Queen's Road Central, Central, Hong Kong


“How do we, as humans, individuals, and members of a community, embrace the destruction and recreation of our socio-economic cityscape, collective memories and interwoven identities?” — Elaine Chiu

Growing up in Yau Tsim Mong District, one of the busiest neighbourhoods in the city, Hong Kong artist Elaine has witnessed the drastic and continuous transformation of the urban space and environment since her childhood. The transient, fluidic, intersecting memories and impressions about Hong Kong have been deep-rooted in her consciousness and self-identity.

With the effect of the amendment of the Building Ordinance in 2011, thousands of hand-written sign boards or neon-lit have since been removed all around the city. In the past three years, Elaine initiated an on-site sketching campaign to record the fleeting cityscape with her paintbrush. Street-sketching prompts her to contemplate the disappearance of numerous heritage buildings and tenement houses in the local community under rapid urban renewal.

“Before Memories Expire” is the continuation of Elaine’s previous on-site sketching and community art project. Centring her research around endangered buildings, architecture, cityscape, and memories of Hong Kong, her work explores different organic carriers and their relationship with time and people, including community spirit, architectural structures and emories, that are formed bottom-up in the urban space. This exhibition is divided into two parts. The main part “Before Memories Expire” features Elaine’s latest acrylic paintings and debuts her fresh to practice sculptural work. The sub-part “The Memory Library” displays Elaine’s watercolor on-location sketches and photos of her sketching activities.


「在建築物和建築群不斷刷新、呼吸、成長和演化的過程裏,我們作為回憶的共同擁有 者,在不斷被拆毀和重建的社會環境、回憶與⾝份下,該如何⾃處?」—— 趙綺婷

從童年到中學,藝術家趙綺婷都在深⽔埗、⽯硤尾和油尖旺度過。趙綺婷成長在千禧年 代,⽬睹社區瞬息萬變,⾒證周遭的建築物「建完⼜拆」、「拆完⼜建」,使她對⾃⼰和 對香港的認知、印象,都變得恍惚、流動、重疊,回憶仿若有限期,⼀觸即碎、⼀瞬即 逝。

《建築物條例》於⼆零⼀⼀年修訂後,原本在市區林立、數以千計的⼿寫招牌和霓虹燈牌, ⾃此被列為僭建物,遭逐⼀清拆。趙綺婷在三年前展開街頭寫⽣紀錄,令她驚覺,⾼速的重 建令無數歷史建築和唐樓命懸⼀線,甚⾄逐漸消失於城景之中。
這次個⼈展覽《記憶若有限期》延續藝術家先前的實地寫⽣與社區考察,以唐樓和歷史建築 物作為切入點,探討唐樓、建築物、城景及記憶,⼀些城市環境中⼀些由下⽽上產⽣的有機 載體,以及它們與⼈、時間的關係。是次個⼈展覽展出⼀系列以壓克⼒為媒介的平⾯作品及 ⾸個雕塑創作。展覽的另⼀部分《回憶圖書館》則展出藝術家過往⼀年的社區紀錄和現場寫 ⽣⽔彩作品,以不同⾓度記載香港城景。



Hong Kong | B.1996

Elaine Chiu depicts the urban lives and environments in Hong Kong through watercolor cityscapes. With the fluidic and transparent qualities of the medium, she captures the transience of the light and shadow in Hong Kong's unique street views.

Born and raised in Hong Kong, Chiu received a BA in Art History from the University of Hong Kong in 2018. Chiu is the invited artist of Vivid Sydney in Sydney, 2018; UNESCO's GeoPark project in Hong Kong, 2020. Her work has been selected to Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours (RI); International Watercolour Society (IWS); and Japan International Watercolour Institute (JIWI). Notable commissioners include the HKSAR Government, Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (New York).


趙綺婷是一位城市畫家,她以水彩為媒介描繪出香港的城市風景線。她以畫作及寫生,探討城貌、環境與城市身分的關係。她的畫作渲染出城市的演變,在市區急劇重建下,不斷重置變換的城貌與城市身分,記載香港多變、脆弱、轉瞬即逝的城市面貌。 Elaine 水彩畫筆下的香港光影交錯,勾勒出城市林立的建築群於不同時分的模樣,為消失中的舊樓房留下倩影。

趙綺婷是在香港土生土長的藝術家。二零一八年,她獲得香港大學文學院藝術史系(榮譽)學士學位。 同年,她成為繽紛悉尼燈光音樂節的受邀藝術家之一。二零二零年,她受聯合國委託,為香港地質公園項目繪畫香港古村。她的作品被英國皇家水彩畫家協會、香港國際水彩畫協會和日本國際水彩畫會所認可。趙綺婷亦曾為香港政府、香港經濟貿易辦事處及多個世界知名的品牌作委約創作。

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