Identity and sexuality are always in flux. When the world is constantly influencing each other, it is sometimes difficult to locate ourselves. One might feel lost in one’s domestic environment, evoking a sense of dislocation and alienation. Other people, products, and media exposure by society reinforce this confusing way of life. Living members of these societies are currently on a journey to land their individuality, guided by cultural, historical, and political discourse.

Taking portraits of myself in clothing and environments not entirely familiar to me represents an extroverted inner reflection of finding ease in my identity as a person with Hong Kong-Japanese blood. I communicate my lack of proficiency in my native Chinese and Japanese languages, combined with my coming to terms with my sexuality. Red is an important colour within China and Japan, portraying luck, happiness, and fertility. I attempt to embody this colour to open myself up to the world.

Turbulence is the current representation of myself. Turbulence is a dynamic clash of my ambiguity. It is a culmination of my further dive into my Hong Kong side while simultaneously being collided with my Japanese side. It shows a rediscovery of places close to home and an intervention of Hong Kong history that Japan has intervened on. I also embody nostalgic Hong Kong culture, particularly Agnes Chan and her song ‘Hong Kong, Hong Kong’ to present my not belonging within the local environment.

Masahiro Nakamura is a Bachelor of Art in Fine Arts from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology co-presented by the Hong Kong Art School.
28 Sep, 2021
10 Chancery Lane Gallery is proud to present our 10th edition of HKForeword, which hosts a selection of new art from Hong Kong from recent university art graduates, both local and overseas. This has been a tumultuous year with Covid-19 spawning just after the momentous year of Hong Kong protests. However, the artists of 2021 are moving forward and getting on with their lives in a noteworthy moment the world over. Here we can see them shine. We are honored to present Chan Ho Wang, Fok Wai Chung Chantal, Florence Yuk Ki Lee, Eugene Lun, Masahiro Nakamura, Anton Poon, Henry Poon, Haynie Sze, Tse Man Hei Aaron, Bonny Wong Hiu Ching and Mufasa Yu.

Since 2012, 10 Chancery Lane Gallery is devoted to offer a first gallery exhibition to emerging Hong Kong artists and support the local artist’s community with the annual HKFOREWORD exhibition. The exhibition encourages fresh art graduates to pursue their career as a practicing artist and provide them the opportunity to connect with both the local and international art community.

Uncertainty was already a part of the lives of these students where Hong Kong’s politics took a historical shift. The further uncertainty of the global pandemic has shaken their lives and the world over. It has been especially tough for this young crop of artists who had to adapt to work from home, online and without proper working space to make their art. It is especially wonderful to see what a strong and resilient group of young people who have continued and created incredible artworks, regardless of their circumstance. The artists in Hong Kong got on with their works and created a strong display of art that encapsulates their preoccupations, angsts, ponderings, reflections, observations and memories of this time in their lives. What is so special about this exhibition of HKForeword is that it is the foreword of what comes next. And what does come next for this generation? Graduating from university and making their first steps on their journey in life continues with unpredictability.

Chosen out of over 50 applicants we are proud to introduce 11 rising stars on the Hong Kong art stage. Artists in the show are recent Bachelor’s or Master’s degree graduates from The Chinese University of Hong Kong, City University-School of Creative Media, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology co-presented with the Hong Kong Art School, The Academy of Visual Arts at the Hong Kong Baptist University and Australia National University. The diverse group of artists and artworks selected this year include paintings, sculpture, video, prints, new media and installations. The audience is invited to engage with the new crop of creativity, originality and passion from the local art graduates through the exhibition who have struggled to complete their degrees amidst school closures due to Covid-19. We are proud to salute the class of 2021 for their wonderful and outstanding perseverance during a very tough year.