#theWanderlist: F11 Photographic Museum Opens in Happy Valley, Housed in Restored Art Deco Structure

Here’s something new in the neighborhood, the F11 Photographic Museum located in Happy Valley Hong Kong will mark its official opening with a Best in Show exhibition by legendary American photographer, Elliott Erwitt, who will himself attend the museum’s launch on September 18th. Erwitt is expected to sign copies of his latest book, Regarding Women that same week.

Best in Show is curated by the museum’s owner, Douglas So who is a former corporate lawyer and philanthropist, and photography expert, India Dhargalkar, and will feature over 50 original photographs from Erwitt’s collection.

“Our vision for F11 Photographic Museum is to generate interest in photography and an appreciation for the art form,” explains So. “We do this through our curated collection of rare cameras, books and prints. In choosing to house the museum in a Grade III historic building, we also hope to encourage more private conservation and revitalisation of Hong Kong’s heritage properties.”

The new museum occupies a three-storey Art Deco ex-residential building, newly restored in the neighborhood’s Yuk Sau Street. The ground and first floors are expected to house exhibitions, while the second floor will be a private museum to showcase… a VAST DISPLAY OF LEICA CAMERAS, including a Model A Anastigmat from 1925… which was the first year Leitz sold cameras to the public. The upper level of the museum will be home to over 1000 titles from the Magnum Book collection, including many rare and first signed editions and maquettes… available to the public for research purposes.

VISIT Elliott Erwitt’s ‘Best In Show’ Exhibition at the  F11 Photographic Museum 18 September to 30 November . 11 Yuk Sau Street, Happy Valley, Hong Kong . T: +852-65161122 

JJ.

Wanderlisting Singapore Fashion Week with the Wanderlust Hotel, Spring 2013

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It was May and absolutely dreadful weather-wise in Hong Kong, and as I type this… it still is. Imagine my delight when I had some time off to escape this sometimes cold, sometimes hot, but all the time wet city to jet off a few hours away to Singapore where everything is constantly sunny. (Well for the weekend I was there.) A few creatives from our Hong Kong crew were there already, including friends Angus and Michelle Lai (MISCHA Bag’s founder/designer) to celebrate all things Audi Fashion Festival (AFF), so it already felt like a home away from home.

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Fashion In A Different Light, The Works of Isabelle Chapuis and Alex VI

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The “IT” exhibition to go to this week is bar none a show by photographer and partners, Isabelle Chapuis and Alex VI. I met the greatly creative duo, Isabelle and Alex at last week’s end of Gift Shop shindig at Chai Wan Mei. A few of the photographs you see on this post was previewed to me by the partners last week, and I love the works so much I just had to share.

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Their exhibition titled, Fashion In Light, is a intersection of Isabelle and Alex’s creative worlds. Isabelle’s subject matter is always on the edge of art and fashion. Her credibility lies in her body of work which can be viewed online on her website, and her multiple awards which include one for photography, the Picto Prize in 2010, and one for fashion, the Fashion Talent Award in 2012. Alex IV on the other hand is a self proclaimed “light painter”, whose works depict a series of light choreographies in and around iconic architectures and spaces in Paris.

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Last Thanksgiving, my friends Jiki and Kester cooked an amazing Turkey feast at their new home in Discover Bay. Aside from having the chance to devour a great home cooked meal, I had the pleasure to meet for the first time a friend of theirs Mr. Andre Eichman, who turned out to be a very talented and seasoned photographer whose 25 year experience ranges from fashion editorial, and extending to portraits and architecture in and around China.

We got to start chatting about his personal projects at the moment, the most exciting being an on-going series of work titled, Post Cards from the Concrete Jungle, where he takes snapshots of Hong Kong, writes notes on each shot, then mails the work to himself as a postcard, when once received, he then scans them and uploads each every card to his blog here. 

Andre’s second most exciting personal project (not any less exciting than the first of course) is now a book, titled The Chairman and I, a collection of intimate Mainland Chinese portraits with statuettes of Chairman Mao. 

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A few works from this vast series will be on display at Above Second in Sai Ying Pun, May Wong’s fringe gallery known more for her curated exhibits of “street art”. A fringe photographer himself, Andre’s personable and humble nature is not reflective of the thorough and somewhat obsessive attitude he puts in towards the literal documentation of “everyday Hong Kong” in the postcard series and the sheer effort of collecting stories/portraits across the Mainland for The Chairman and I.

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I truly recommend Mr. Eichman’s show at Above Second. Definitely something not to be missed.

Andre Eichman’s work has appeared in the Sunday Times Magazines, the Royal Geographic Magazine, Wanderlust, Vogue, and W Magazines. Globally, he’s exhibited in New York, Tokyo, Singapore, Shanghai, and California.

PHOTOGRAPHY The Chairman and I: Original Photographs by Andre Eichman at Above Second. 31 Eaastern St. Sai Ying Pun 

JJ.

The Haunting of Eiffel Chong, Photography Show Dwells on Empty Dwellings at Artify

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This month, Artify Gallery, located in Chai Wan’s burgeoning Industrial Art District, launched their space with an eerie show by celebrated Malaysian photographer, Eiffel Chong. The last time we saw Eiffel this year was at auction at Christie’s in the spring. And now he’s back for a solo show to help inaugurate Artify, Hong Kong’s premier and only space devoted to print works, from photography to ink art, as well as paper.

Photographer, Eiffel Chong.

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For the exhibition, titled This Used To Be My Playground, Director Cherry Ho, helped Eiffel focus more on his more spatial works related to abandoned spaces in Malaysia and Hong Kong. With three different sites in two cities, the mood and tones are all unique. Malaysia is blue and monotone, while Hong Kong is vibrant and bold. The emptiness and loss of people in both spaces are captured extremely well in wide angle for Malaysia and up close for Hong Kong by Eiffel’s camera. 

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We were invited to the press preview and dinner and to speak with the artist whose works I last saw at the 2902 Gallery, Singapore’s own premier venue for photography, which I hope Artify will be able to match for the Chinese market. Opening with an Eiffel Chong solo show, is certainly the best way to start. And with a clean black and white flexible space designed by Nicholas Ho Architecture & Design, I can’t wait to see more shows like this one at that amazing venue.

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SCAD Style

2012 has been a great year for SCAD (Savannah College of Art and Design) this year. This past weekend the Hong Kong branch of SCAD opened its doors to open house for the general public to go and take a look at the American art school’s amazing facilities, located in the historic North Kowloon Magistracy Building in Sham Shui Po, a UNESCO Heritage Building at that.

Earlier this year a few HK Creatives, including myself, were able to take a tour of the school as well as offer a panel discussion for the students on topics that touch upon the subjects of HK Design and Social Responsibility and in my case, Fashion and Social Media.

This event, the first of its kind in Hong Kong, was titled SCADStyle 2012, with panelists such as Michael Leung (HK Honey / Shanghai Street Studios), Joanne Ooi (PLUKKA), Danielle Huthart (Whitespace), Collin Thompson (Ex-CEO Cipher), and Arne Eggers (HK Tatler)… all with whom I’ve written about in one way or another in this blog.

Arne and Me looking extremely serious. (We were talking about FACEBOOK.)

The turnout was great. And to make it more exciting, the lecture was located in the main courtroom which historically hosted some of Hong Kong’s most famous court cases.

We had fun with the panel discussion of course, but I actually found the tour the most memorable. I really felt like I wanted to go back to school. It seemed like a nice fun place to really “create”.

Additionally, the school had plenty of flexi-sitting out spaces which allowed for relaxed student interaction… afterall, most learning apparently occurs OUTSIDE of the classroom where students teach other students.

Most of the textiles, paintings, and objects that are spread around within the sitting out spaces were crafted by the students themselves.

The school is located within the historic Sham Shui Po district north of Tsim Sha Tsui in Kowloon. Here you can still find blocks of Hong Kong which reflect the city as it was before modernization. Chinese Building walkups from mid-20th Century are still preserved, and businesses still run the same way they’ve done so for many years. All these textures and visual flavours of course are captured by the students and published in SCAD Hong Kong’s first photo book, just released this year titled Tilting The Lens: Telling the Story of Sham Shui Po.

In attendance at the talk was blogger, Samantha Wong (center).

SCAD Alumn from Marc and Chantal, Jason.

Social Media consultant/guru, Taura.

Designer from my team at LWK, Frances (right) with Arne, both in black and beige.

Also I would like to thank my sister, Bernadette, my friend Andy, and another designer, Michael for coming to check out the talk as well.

Then it was a long taxi ride after, where I had a nice dreamy Wong Kar Wai moment on the way back to Central through the streets of Sham Shui Po.

SCAD in Hong Kong offers degrees for Advertising, Animation, Fashion, Fashion Marketing and Management, Graphic Design, Illustration, Game Development, Interior Design, Luxury and Fashion Management, Motion Media, Painting, Photography, Sequential Art, and Visual Effects. The degrees are an American Bachelors Degree. So if you’re born and live in Hong Kong, you can stay here and go to school, AND graduate with an American diploma. Not bad. But you can transfer to SCAD’s other locations in Atlanta, Lacoste, and of course, Savannah, as well.

Check out Whitespace’s Blog about SCAD STYLE 2012.

LEARN SCAD Hong Kong / READ Tilting The Lens / EXPLORE Sham Shui Po Neighborhood

JJ.

Fashion designer, Elizabeth Waldmann, showcased her WALDMANN A/W 2012 collection in Hong Kong’s underground club, XXX this past month via HEX, a title given to her cross-collaborative exhibition of four photographers and a musician using the brief, Decadent Decay, and pieces from her collection as the as conceptual datum.

Waldmann smartly extracts from Hong Kong’s sub-cultural creative network and creates something new and different and attempts to speak a different language to her clientele who she assumes to come from a smarter pool of women beyond the expected cocktails-at-a-club-trunk-show theatrics so common in Hong Kong these days.

"I wanted to create an event where artists could come together and share their visions, but do so unaffected by the knowledge of who the other participants might be,” says Waldmann.

The works were completely anonymous as Waldmann only revealed the names of participating artists who worked anonymously at the night of the event. The artists weren’t even clued in to the identity of the others, and Waldmann wanted it that way. For Hong Kong, it was a marketing-risk as its quite difficult to create buzz for an exhibition for new names, especially for anonymous artists. But its this kind of subversive exhibition, opposite of what you would expect from art and fashion events, that make this show interesting. 

“In Hong Kong we are often working together in such a fast-paced environment, but not necessarily on projects that drive or nurture our own respective ideas or expressions. H E X was the answer to my own longing for such an environment.”

Participiating artists include Suki Lui, Earl Wan, Amanda Kho, Stefan Irvine, and musician Sean Dinsmore. Supporters and sponsors included CreativeCity, XXX Gallery, LightBombs Contemporary, Chau Digital, and Lee Wah Glass & Frame.

WEAR WALDMANN / ART HEX

JJ.

Special Prints by Jo Farrell, Pop Up Sale this Sunday.

Here’s something interesting that you may want to check out this Sunday. Award-winning photographer, Jo Farrell, contacted us to let us know that this Sunday she will be selling original prints… as in “Limited Edition Silver Gelatin” prints from 4-7pm at the Wagyu Lounge in SOHO.

Using traditional film cameras, Farrell captures life in cities all over the world from China, Cuba, to Sri Lanka and Tibet… according to her bio.

All prints are her own work and are done in the darkroom.

Farrell’s work is diverse, ranging from portraiture ie. documenting the last remaining women in China with bound feet for example, to architecture and urban scenes. Her work was chosen by the legendary photographer Mary Ellen Mark to be exhibited in New York this past May, and she also won her second B&W Spider Award for her picture of bound feet in June of this year. Farrell has exhibited in London and San Francisco and will have her first exhibition in Hong Kong in October.

Farrell has lived in HK for 5 years and has printed work shown in San Fransisco and London. She will be exhibiting for the first time in Hong Kong at a Sheung Wan space in the fall.

You can view more of Jo’s work on her official website at www.jofarrell.com, her facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/JoFarrellPhotography or come along to her photography event at Wagyu Lounge this Sunday.

Wagyu Lounge / 3-5 Old Bailey Street, HK / Pop Up Sale: 4-7pm

Thanks so much Jo for all the info! Beautiful work indeed.

JJ.

Seen&Scene: Chanel, The Little Black Jacket. Hong Kong, July 2012

Monday is the last absolute day you will be able to catch a rare exhibition of portraits shot by Karl Lagerfeld in honor of CHANEL’s iconic “Little Black Jacket”.

CHANEL was gracious enough to invite theWanderlister+ to the show’s opening exhibition and after-party at The Space and next door at 208 Duecento Otto. We weren’t allowed to take photographs at all in the show, but the staff wouldn’t dare keep Hong Kong people from taking snapshots with their smartphones, right?

Below J-Popstar, Ken Hirai, in Bondage.

Thanks to Instagram, we were able to live-tweet the exhibition’s launch. We also thank the website, JING DAILY, for retweeting to their readers to check out our live coverage.

Actress, Yu Aoi.

Actress, Elle Fanning.

Sarah Jessica Parker.

Artist, Kanye West.

Quite frankly I really didn’t know what to expect from the show before hand. I knew they were going to be portraits of celebrities and royalty by Mr. Lagerfeld, but I had no idea in what scale, what format, and how exactly the portraits would be exhibited at The Space.

Fortunately. The show was tasteful, slightly informal (photos unframed lightly hanging), very candid, and even refreshing.

I was overwhelmed. It was larger than life.

I love this portrait of Uma Thurman channeling Marlene Dietrich.

The men in the photos wore the same “little black jacket” as well. Very unconventional. But it pulls off well for the photos. Below right, Mark Vanderloo.

My friend, Cristina, pointed out that this was a portrait of  Charlotte Casiraghi, 2nd child of Princess Caroline of Monaco.

Rock Royalty, Yoko Ono.

And it goes on and on…

All the guests received three posters each to take home.

The books, a catalog of the exhibition were encased in this glass, are not available for purchase by the public until late Fall 2012.

Fortunately for us… we were led to ANOTHER gallery two doors down where three staff members stood within the empty space, behind a black table… already holding a black bag with the world “CHANEL” written on it.

And in the black bag…

Amazing. An advance copy!

Thank you CHANEL!

Don’t miss The Little Black Jacket this Sunday and Monday, July 16th, the last two days. It’s definitely something to see before the show moves on.

The Little Black Jacket: CHANEL’s Classic Revisited, Photos By Karl Lagerfeld / The SPACE, 210 Hollywood Road, Hong Kong / July 7th-16th, 2012 / HOURS: 11AM-7PM / http://thelittleblackjacket.chanel.com

JJ.

Mary McCartney Exhibits for VERTU x Smile Train Project

This past weekend, we were at Pacific Place mall to check out Lane Crawford Home’s crazy sale, where something else besides designer furniture ended up catching my eye. Right outside on the arcade we spotted a very interesting photography exhibit.

The large scale photographs depicted playful children in Beijing. As subject matter the children remained the focus, and overall the show very casual, not at all serious. Generally I found the tone of the whole exhibition was lighthearted and touching.

Looking closer I realized the photographs were actually by Mary McCartney (as in the daughter of Sir Paul McCartney) whose style of photography are generally relaxed and candid.

Anyway, it’s unfortunate the show was only a pop-up that lasted two days… it should have run longer. This exhibition as it turns out, is an initiative hosted by VERTU Phones in collaboration with their collaboration with Smile Train, a charity focused on helping children who are born with clefts obtain a simple but life-changing operation to correct their smiles.

From Mary McCartney on the shoot for this campaign:

The biggest challenge was to allow the children to relax and try to not distract them too much. The aim of this body of work was to capture images of these wonderful brave children interacting with their friends and family, this involved my sitting as an observer rather than intrude. I think this has come across in the images.

To know more about “Vertu Constellation Smile” and how Vertu is working with Smile Train check out their website here. As of this post, Vertu has funded the operations of 242 children according to the website.

JJ.