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"Boy, Don’t Cry?" Nicole Pun solo exhibition

time 3 - 27 Nov (except Mon) noon (7hr)

location ACO Art Space 》6/F, Foo Tak Building, 365 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong

(free event)

Nicole Pun was invited by Videotage and videoclub to travel to Brighton, UK, for the “Both Sides Now V” artist residency this year, during which she created her latest video piece “To Be Brandon”. She discovered that Brighton is a city full of LGBT friendly spaces and is soaked in an open-minded atmosphere manifested by rainbow flags everywhere. Despite that, however, instances of discrimination and violence towards the queer community are still visible.

As a stranger to the local LGBT scene, Pun uses film culture as a bridge between herself and the queer community. She re-enacts scenes from the popular queer classic, “Boys Don’t Cry”, where she invited members of the queer community in Brighton to participate in an audition experiment. The film features renowned actress Hilary Swank as the tragic protagonist Brandon Teena, who is biologically female yet chooses to dress up as a handsome young man. Unfortunately, after his secret is exposed, he falls victim to a tragedy of sexual violence. Pun reconstructs two scenes from the film, inviting amateur actors to re-interpret the 20-year-old screenplay with a personal touch. The video work raises questions about gender stereotypes, sexual violence, race and media representation.

Parallel to the video work is part of Pun’s photography series “In & Out”. Tracing the local LGBT history and colonial past, the artist has spent years photographing hands from different age groups and different ethnicities. This series of photographs mainly explores the body movement and the imagination of sexual intimacy. Our hands are a frequently and intensively utilized machine of our body. For lesbians, their hands have deeper and more personal meanings.

Soft Launch:
2019 Nov 3 (Sun), 6:30pm

2019 Nov 7 (Thurs), 6:30pm

Artist Dialogue : "Multiple Visions of Gender" (Cantonese only)
2019 Nov 7 (Thurs), 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Speaker:Wong Ka-Ying KY X Li Mei-ting X Nicole Pun
For Talk's Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/2430620590598248/

---Wong Ka Ying (b. 1990) is an artist and writer based in Hong Kong. She received her BFA degree from the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2013. A keen observer of the art community and society, Wong critically reflects on the various social, cultural, and gender issues today through using a wide range of media.
---Li Mei-ting is a Literary critic and freelance writer with an interested in Hong Kong literature and culture. She used to be an editor of a Hong Kong local magazine, Fleurs des Lettres, and her works published in both Hong Kong and Taiwan's newspapers and magazines.


Supported by: 香港藝術發展局 HKADC
Venue Support: Art and Culture Outreach|艺鵠

Artist Biography
Nicole Pun is a visual artist based in Hong Kong. She uses photography, video, performance to explore queer identity, desire and female representation. Her artistic practice involves collaborations and interviews with strangers. She received her MFA from California Institute of the Arts in 2014. She has a BSSc from the Chinese of University of Hong Kong, with a background in Journalism and Communication.
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