“everyday items from hong kong" is a small exhibition and shop in Helsinki I co-curated with Henrik Drufva (@henrikdrufva on Tumblr). It’s currently open at Selim event space until 11 August 2014 (address: Satamakatu 5).
“The so-called everyday life in Hong Kong often consists of randomness and conflicting multiplicity. There’s no standard, style, or limitation. Somehow there’s the old Hong Kong, that material sphere that was ‘Made in Hong Kong’, but today manufacturing has long since moved to Mainland China (and beyond) and the old layers of things keep being continuously overwritten by layers and layers of other things like old posters. It’s rare to stumble into an everyday moment or space where one would discover sudden beauty in an object, something that for instance contemporary design takes for granted. In this ‘unselection’ of things, contrary to how it might appear, it’s actually hard to be nostalgic, make time stand still and look at each object without its current context. Yet, it appears their aesthetics would easily stand on their own if they had a context. Seen as they are here,‘itemized’and sold, these items become increasingly strange when brought to a totally another kind of culture of everyday objects. Clunky, obsolete, pragmatic, obscure and anonymous these items have never matured into the designed perfection and practicality. Yet, they seem to be effortlessly hovering between becoming cult classics and objects that you might find in the kitchen of an abandoned building, just left in their places without further information. However, in this exhibit, these items have become selected, picked from their original shelves as if there was a selector or a collection for such things. What is ultimately here, becomes defined by its own itemization. And maybe within such studies of fascination and folly, we can reinterpret whatever surrounds us, what we have, and its ultimate casual necessity.”