Friday, 25 November 2022

PODCAST interview: Artist Siu Ding on body autonomy, gender fluidity, and her recent project ‘Ritsu Aomame’ in Hong Kong

Artist Siu Ding on body autonomy, gender fluidity, and her recent project ‘Ritsu Aomame’ in Hong Kong. 

19 Nov 2022
Written By Oscar Venhuis 

 Episode Description: 

In this week’s episode of The Last Supper I sat down with artist Siu Ding, founder of the Hong Kong Life Model Club for artists, musicians, painters, writers, photographers, and artmakers. We spoke about her passion to promote body autonomy, gender fluidity, and her recent show ‘Ritsu Aomame’ in Hong Kong. Born and raised in Hong Kong, Siu Ding is an artist and book designer. Life is art, and the body is a personal temple. Known as the “exhibitionist”, she likes to break taboos and make the world her playground. 

Selection of work: 
Founder, Hong Kong Life Model Club (2017) 
Curator, BodyFest 2018 - Everybody is Awesome Curator, BodyFest 2020 - Our Models Curator, BodyFest 2021 - Body Autonomy: Talks and Workshops 
Curator, Multimedia exhibition - Incarnation (part of Hong Kong International Photo Festival 2021 Satellite Exhibition) 
Photographer and model, Momome (Photobook, 2022) 
Photographer and model, Ritsu Aomame (Photobook, 2022) 

 Siu Ding IG @siuding_ii Hong Kong Life Model Club @hklifemodelclub Ritsu Aomame IG @ritsu_aomame 

 PODCAST interview by Oscar Venhuis 
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Sunday, 28 August 2022

SCMP | SOCIETY | Naked truth: The Hong Kong activist fighting for body positivity and acceptance

 
 謝謝 Josh,小風和所有份參與《體祭》創作的人 
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 SCMP | SOCIETY | 
Naked truth: The Hong Kong activist fighting for body positivity and acceptance 
by Claudia Hinterseer 
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Siu Ding is a pioneering member of the “body positivity” movement in Hong Kong, and a passionate activist pushing barriers by organising drawing events as well as art and photo exhibitions featuring nude models. Siu Ding also organises and delivers lectures where she promotes the acceptance of the human body in all its variations rather than only those that match society’s standards. “Body positivity is not just about the physical body,” she says, “it's also about your mind.” 
August 28, 2022 

 interview full link : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-WLmYjxBia0








Monday, 15 August 2022

nathanotes: In Between:一個民主化「 #開放式 」攝影展






#Repost @nathanotes ・・・ 
【 In Between:一個民主化「 #開放式 」攝影展】 
 
最後一天/攝影團體PhoBoKo是Photobook Club的意思,他們正在 In Between Gallery 舉行首個攝影展。觀眾在這個「開放式」展覽,除了可觀賞攝影作品,也能即場製作自己的攝影集。 
 
走進黃竹坑建築師樓內的活動空間,一邊牆身掛著5張沒有署名的作品,不禁讓人好奇,參展攝影師不是有8位嗎?參展藝術家陳韻芝(Michelle)解釋,5張照片是他們整個團體共同創作的成果,因此沒有特別署名是誰的作品。 
 
選擇照片的準則,只是要切合主題In Between,這主題有多種意思,首先啟發他們的是,代表香港的市花,洋紫荊這種雜交花卉。這花像是這城的由來和預告,令人充滿想像。 

查看資料,此花是由宮粉羊蹄甲和紅花羊蹄甲的雜交而成,一般而言無法自然繁殖。後來洋紫荊被政府刻意省去「洋」字,成為了「紫荊花」。有學者指出,洋紫荊和紫荊花是兩個完全不的品種,這種命名方式容易令人混淆。

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扯太遠了,回說展覽,主題的其他意思還有,照片的社交性和流動性,人與人、身體和身體之間的親密感(intimacy)、直覺和表象之間的差距、夢境的現實畫面等等。 
 
8位攝影師分為2人一組共同創作,大部分的照片以黑白菲林拍攝。5張沒有裝裱大相之中,它們有些彼此呼應聯繫之處,例如兩張照片都有鏡子,手的姿態和公路的形狀相似。照片看似隨意地釘在牆上,有人經過時甚至會隨風飄起。 
 
Michelle解釋,那代表作品的流動性,也由於因次展出的這個計劃第一部分,「還未真正完成創作」,另一邊矮櫃上面,則放著數十張參展攝影師的其他作品,還有純白的紙本。場中心置一張大枱,上面放有畫筆和各式工具,讓觀眾用這些明信卡般大小的照片即席造書。

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反應比想像中熱烈,一個星期多已有不少人認真地製作攝影集。令Michelle 印象較深的是,有一對親孑觀眾非常花心思地繪畫和剪貼。不久後,又有許多人更突破了書的形態,把2D的照片變成了雕塑的3D立體創作,令她驚喜。 
 
一般攝影展覽,把人們分為藝術創作者和受眾,「當然這種單向交流方式也沒有問題,但我們覺得有點太沉悶了。」Michelle笑說,因此他們想打破這種關係,讓攝影師與觀眾一起互動創作。未來希望把這些照片連同觀眾的作品,以另外方式在另一個空間展出「第二部分」。

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有人說在手機興起後,攝影愈來愈民主化,這是指攝影裡面「拍攝」的部分,在社交媒體流行後,大家可以隨時隨時上載自己的作品,「發表」也不再是媒體、藝術家、出版商和畫廊的專利。 
 
至於作品的「策展」和「展出」呢?誰的作品才有資格參與展覽,誰是作品創作者?誰是受眾?這次展覽或者是一次令人值得思考的探索。 
 
不好意思,最後一天才有機會寫這篇,有興趣讀者可以去看看。
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日期:至8月13日(12pm至7pm) 
地點:黃竹坑業發街1號 The Factory 1102室 Gallery In-between 
 
參展藝術家:陳韻芝、Jeremy Cheung、小丁、Raúl Hernández、Tory Ho ​​、Marty Miller、 Willie Siau、曾冠群 
 
@Phoboko @little.rice @rambler15 @siuding_ii @rl.hdez @toryho @eye_boogers @williesiau @jimitsang @wongweihim 
 
#攝影展覽

Friday, 5 August 2022

顯影:攝影的另類實踐 觀眾將攝影師作品進行拼貼、製成手工攝影書





#Repost @photogstory ・・・ Scroll down for English. 
攝影的另類實踐 觀眾將攝影師作品進行拼貼、製成手工攝影書 

相機是記錄生活的工具,在很多創作者眼中,攝影也是一種很個人化的表達媒介。羅蘭巴特提出「作者已死」的觀點,放諸攝影範疇或許也同樣成立,一幅作品如何被人理解,不是拍攝者的一言堂,有時甚至可能與拍攝者的理念背道而馳。 

本地攝影書交流平台 @phoboko 嘗試摒棄影像的個體性,在黃竹坑Gallery In-between展覽現場,放有數十幅由八位本地及外籍攝影師在香港拍攝的黑白照片,包括植物、身體、城市等不同主題。每位觀眾可根據個人偏好或感受選擇不同的照片,然後在白色小誌整理或排列所挑選的影像,創作成獨一無二的手工攝影書,藉此打破觀者被動接受影像資訊的侷限。 

翻開觀眾創作的手工書,有的將照片進行切割再拼貼、有的將原本可能不相關的影像並置、有的結合文字及繪畫,每個人都對這些作品有不盡一致的創作與解讀。著名攝影師Ansel Adams曾說:你不只是用相機拍照,你把所有你看過的照片、讀過的書、聽過的音樂、愛過的人都帶到攝影中。其實,這對於觀看照片的人同樣如此,或許你也能從自己的手工攝影書中找到答案。 

Photography is usually considered a medium of individual expression. The photobook enthusiast platform Phoboko tries to break through the images' individuality. 

At the exhibition site in Wong Chuk Hang, there are dozens of black and white photos taken by eight local and foreign photographers in Hong Kong, including themes such as plants, bodies, and cities. Each viewer can choose different pictures according to their preferences or feelings and arrange the selected images in the white zine to create a unique handmade photo book, thereby breaking the limitation of the viewers passively accepting image information. 

Some participants cut and collaged photos, some juxtaposed images that might be irrelevant, and some combined words and paintings. Everyone has different creations and interpretations of a photographer's works. 

The famous photographer Ansel Adams once said: "You don't make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved." This is true for image viewers and handmade photo book creators, and maybe you can find the answer in the exhibition. 
 
In — Between Date: 07.29 - 08.13 (Fri & Sat only) 
Time: 12pm - 7pm 
Site: @gallery_inbetween, Unit 1102, The Factory, 1 Yip Fat Street, Wong Chuk Hang 

PS:「顯影·書櫃」網上書店 @photogshop,更多圖片故事 @photogstory #photogStory #hkphotographer #hongkong #hkphotography #hkig #ighk #igerhk #hkigers #photobook #photobooks #bnw #blacknwhite #顯影 #攝影 #攝影師 #影像 #攝影書 #手工書

Friday, 29 July 2022

the “In—Between” stage




#Repost @phoboko

Reconciling such diverse approaches was not easy amongst 8 artists. Differences of opinion in motivation, authorship, and aesthetic preference emerged through ideation, shooting, editing and curation. Now we are at the “In—Between” stage. 

This exhibition not only intends to communicate the complexity of practising photography collaboratively but also invites YOU to participate in our process. 

Come experience our joy, sweat, frustration, love and creativity with photography and collaboration. 
Exhibition opening today at 12-7pm. @gallery in-between 

Unit 1102, The Factory, 1 Yip Fat Street, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong 

#photography #hkphotographer #photographyexhibition #inbetweenexhibition #photographyandcollaboration #hongkong #phoboko

Thursday, 28 July 2022

Participating artist: Siu Ding 小丁








#Repost @phoboko
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For the upcoming In—Between exhibition that explores the social nature of photography, we talked to each of the participating artist. We asked them about their views on photography and collaboration, and their experiences along this collaborative journey together. 
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Participating artist: Siu Ding 小丁 @siuding_ii 

Siu Ding is a photographer and book designer based in Hong Kong. She likes to break taboos and make the world her playground. Body autonomy is the main theme of her works. www.siuding.com 

How do you usually work with photography? 
I wish to use photography to explore the possibilities of the body and to capture the emotions and energy around me. I hope those images can transcend our personal boundaries and become the testimony of the future. 

What does photography and collaboration mean to you? 
Challenging, demanding, intriguing and sometimes frustrating. 

How did collaboration emerge with your partner during the initial stages of the project? 
I tried to imitate my partner’s style and composition and started shooting from her perspective. 

How does your overall experience challenge or reinforce your existing ideas about the social and/or collaborative nature of photography? 
It takes a lot of time and effort to communicate, negotiate, and get along. It is not easy for all parties to reach a common ground, and not to mention a common goal. 

 What do you hope readers experience from this exhibition? 
To feel the incoherence and the disconnected in-between. From there you can expand your imagination and develop your own ways of seeing these images. 
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 #photography #hkphotographer #photographyexhibition #inbetweenexhibition #photographyandcollaboration #hongkong #phoboko


Wednesday, 27 July 2022

My works in the group exhibition In-Between



❤️ @harukajolyne and @cath_being_cath ❤️ 🌈 thank you for being my models 🌈 
 #Repost @gallery_inbetween
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Gallery In-between is pleased to present “In — Between”, a group exhibition by Phoboko. 
[Exhibition Statement] 
Photography is usually viewed as a medium of individual expression and personal tool use. Phoboko's first group project coincided with Gallery In-Between's ( @gallery_inbetween ) inaugural exhibition to challenge such norms. Instead of a group of artists working individually and presenting images which reflect this, the intention of this project is to explore the social nature of photography.
[Participating Artists] 
Michelle Chan 陳韻芝 @little.rice, Jeremy Cheung 張俊謙 @rambler15 , Siu Ding 小丁 @siuding_ii, Raúl Hernández @rl.hdez, Tory Ho 何灝翹 @toryho, Marty Miller @eye_boogers, Willie Siau @williesiau, Jimi Tsang 曾冠群 @jimitsang 
Presented by: Phoboko 
Exhibition dates: 29/07-13/8 (opens on Fri and Sat 12-7pm) 
Venue: Gallery In-between, Unit 1102, The Factory, 1 Yip Fat Street, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong 
#galleryinbetween #inbetweenarchitects #photography #exhibition #photographyexhibition #photographyandcollaboration #hongkong #phoboko

Tuesday, 26 July 2022

group exhibition: In-Between




#Repost @phoboko
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We have been quiet for a while since the Tai Kwun BOOKED Art fair. It was partly due to the fifth wave of the COVID but more so, we were working underground - brewing something 😏😏. 

 Finally, it has come to the time that we can bring this to light. Phoboko proudly presents our first group exhibition in collaboration with 8 artists. 

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 Photography is usually viewed as a medium of individual expression and personal tool use. Phoboko's first group project coincided with Gallery In-Between's ( @gallery_inbetween ) inaugural exhibition to challenge such norms. Instead of a group of artists working individually and presenting images which reflect this, the intention of this project is to explore the social nature of photography. 

Participating Artists: Michelle Chan 陳韻芝 @little.rice, Jeremy Cheung 張俊謙 @rambler15 , Siu Ding 小丁 @siuding_ii, Raúl Hernández @rl.hdez, Tory Ho 何灝翹 @toryho, Marty Miller @eye_boogers, Willie Siau @williesiau, Jimi Tsang 曾冠群 @jimitsang 

Presented by: Phoboko 

Exhibition dates: 29/07-13/8 (opens on Fri and Sat 12-7pm) 
Venue: Gallery In-between, Unit 1102, The Factory, 1 Yip Fat Street, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong 

 #photography #exhibition #photographyexhibition #photographyandcollaboration #hongkong #phoboko

Tuesday, 12 July 2022

【24。遊戲】




我高踞藍天,難解如獅身女妖; 
心比瑩雪,純潔似天鵝的羽絨; 
我不喜歡打亂了線條的運動, 
我從來也不哭,我從來也不笑。 

 波特萊爾:〈美〉,《惡之華》
 Charles Pierre Baudelaire. “La Beauté.” Les Fleurs Du mal.  

前幾天讀到〈美〉這首詩,使我想起一個遺忘己久的人。他是一個令人討厭的同學:所有科目都很高分,又常裝模作樣指點他人,試過一次在歷史課上,全班同學安都靜聽書時忽然揚手,起立對老師說:「我想落堂走先,因為我睇嘅書遠比你而家教嘅多。」我覺得這個和我一樣看很多書的人,一定也像我變態,但會是另一種變態,而我絕不容許有和我一樣變態的人存在。我決定親自去揭穿他。 

我約他,然後說我喜歡他。 

他說,他只相信柏拉圖式戀愛:如果我們拍拖,我們不能彼此觸摸對方。 

我同意了,我覺得這比拍拖更好玩,反正我根本沒有喜歡他。他趁父母不在時邀請我回家,我們都在看書或談書本上的種種。他喜歡歷史,喜歡評論社會上各式各樣的人,立志要賺很多錢;我則只談文藝和幻想,覺得他的志願和批評都很無聊,而他根本不了解藝術的本質和意志。 

有一次我們忘記了時間,他母親回家了。我就立刻把自己藏在門後面,待他母親進了廚房,他才提着我的鞋子帶我溜出廳離開。由於這次經驗太過驚險刺激,之後我都刻意留到他父母回來,嘗試躲在屋內各處,目的是不被發現且能在特定時間溜走,玩真正有意義的捉迷藏。 

後來我更想到以他家過夜作為新挑戰。傍晚他父母回家後,我便一直躲在他房間裡看書。到晚飯時他會刻意把房門打開,我則躲在床鋪混亂的被子內。為了增加刺激,我有一刻探頭出來見到他父親。晚飯後,他父親說房間裡好像有奇怪的東西著他去查看,我就借掩門一刻溜到床下底,他把被子撥開,父母在房間外看進來見沒有甚麼就放心了。 

卻不出一個星期,有一晚他就忍不住要摸我的手,觸摸之後卻又誇張地全身顫抖,我看著他像個白痴一樣,就更用力捉着他。他望着我雙眼,我就用力甩開他的手。他問我可不可以看我的陰部,我說可以,但我也要看他的陰莖。房間沒有著燈,在窗外月亮映入的微弱光線下,我脫去白色的內褲,稍微拉高了面裙,露出了陰部的一部分。他看見我的陰部,我看到了灰色的棉褲漸漸隆起。他的陰莖也硬了,就脫去了長褲。我覺得有點噁心,便把裙放下來並立刻穿回內褲。 

「原來陰部睇起嚟咁醜。」他的性教育只停留在A片裡。 
「你條陰莖係我睇過最奇怪嘅身體部位,好似唔係真嘅,似求其貼上去嘅嘢。」 

我們都對這個交換觀看感到失望,就各自睡去。因為規定不能觸摸對方,我們只隔着被舖筆直地睡。第二朝在他家門道別時,一道厭惡湧上心頭:他破壞了遊戲規矩,是時候結束這個遊戲。我決定不再和他見面。 
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model: @3hreeeee 
Photo: @siuding_ii 
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#candycrush #feminist #🍭monthly 
#甜古 
#甜古有拖無欠

Wednesday, 6 July 2022

身體故事:擁抱她 Holding her

Article: @siuding_ii 
English translation: Linda Cheung @everybodyastory
Photos: Linda Cheung @everybodyastory
Models: Jasmine @wild.h.earth , @siuding_ii 

【身體故事:擁抱她】今早在灣岸旁拍照,我和剛認識的女孩子裸體抱在一起,我爬上她身上,她還可以舉起我。她肌膚散發着陽光的顏色和溫度,觸感柔軟內在結實。體味很淡,像待成瓷器的練泥錬,很輕盈的土壤味道,也像太陽花的氣息。我好喜歡抱着她。

三個人回程,只有她可以赤腳行走在沙灘、岩石和石屎路上。她會指出一路上同行的小昆蟲在時裝表演;攝影師則說這是蟲子們的公路。出發前在路邊有條小青蛇,她興奮地為牠拍照。她說自己就像蛇不斷脫皮重生,每次看見蛇一定會有好事發生,也許那就是我們順利拍攝的吉兆吧~

At a photoshoot near the coast this morning, I embraced a girl I just met, both of us naked. I climbed on her body. She could even lift me. Her skin holds the colour and warmth of the sun; it's soft to touch and solid within. The scent of her body is light, like soil mined and sieved into clay, waiting to become porcelain. The delicate smell of soil, the breath of a sunflower. I really like holding her.

On our way back, she was the only one among the three of us who could walk barefoot on the beach, rocks and concrete paths. She said the little insects moving along the railing on the trail are putting on a fashion show. The photographer said on the side, this is the highway for bugs. Before the shoot, we came across a little green snake on the side of our path. Excited, she snapped a few photos of the snake. She said she is like a snake which reborns through constant shedding. Good things happen every time she sees a snake. Perhaps this was the sign for our shoot.
#bodystory
  #身體故事