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REVIEWS

HONG KONG

Pearl Lam Galleries

Déjà Disparu

VINCENT YU, Photograph from “Our Home: Shek Kip Mei” series, 2006, Inkjet on archival paper, 54 x 74 cm. 

Courtesy the artist and Pearl Lam Galleries, Hong Kong.


In his book Hong Kong: Culture and the Politics of Disappearance (1997), cultural theorist Ackbar Abbas suggests that a “culture of disappearance” governed the Hong Kong art scene in the 1980s and ’90s. He claims that, during this period, locals and expatriates regarded Hong Kong as a “cultural desert”—bemoaning the lack of exposure to international high art—while related studies…

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