Hotel Stage is pleased to present an exhibition of photographs, Déjà Vu by Monique Lai 賴 昱 蓉.
Our Art Bridge programme invites artists in Hong Kong to showcase their works which are inspired by the dynamism and diversity of the city. We unveil to you our community artist exhibition by Monique Lai who makes an unflinching statement and deep dive into the beauty of Hong Kong. The photographs are a visual feast of the most traditional and yet bold culture of life aspects of the city.
I’m thrilled to announce that Déjà Vu will showcase at Hotel Stage in Kowloon, Hong Kong ! This is a special collection that has meant so much to me. I visited Kowloon City, which was then a little cozy enclave, and I immediately felt like I was transported back in time to another era.
This feeling was Déjà Vu. I have never been here before but this familiarity took me by surprise.
I envision this series as a fun scavenger hunt, and I hope you will discover these selected treasures using my photos as clues. Most of the shopkeepers are happily still there. Some are not. As this community continues to change and grow, our first impressions are what we will fondly remember.
A bygone era; let’s hope not!
Capturing classic fun treats of daily life in Hong Kong. This feeling of the past, of having seen this before, is the essence of the Déjà Vu Collection. Highlighting a closer look at the details, I wanted the viewer to see and appreciate that everything is neat, tidy and perfectly unnoticed.
Mid-way during the exhibition, I decided to feature a special wall with four images on magnets. Here I wanted the guests to have fun and play. This simple instruction triggered an instinctive reaction where each placed the frames as they wish. It was a beautiful insight to see their unguarded personality come alive with design.
Design Your Own Wall #dejavubymoniquelai