It’s not about design / I didn’t ask to win this award /
Kaio Wu Hiu Nam (HK)
31 March - 23 April 2023
31 March to 23 April May 2023
Friday to Sunday 1-6pm
Hidden Space is delighted to present “It’s not about design / I didn’t ask to win this award / 使用是產品放着是藝術品” by Kaio Wu Hiu Nam, the fifth recipient of our annual Hidden Space Award.
For her installation, Wu has applied art-world related text to a range of ready-made objects, from clothing to sports equipment, household items and even confectionery. From the starting point of her own aspirations to a particular lifestyle, she has selected objects that she finds genuinely desirable, whether they are original designs or affordable mass-manufactured versions of high-end items. The artwork both critiques the amalgamation of luxury retail with art, whilst admitting to its aspirational pull.
In her playfully honest title and the inclusion of ‘rejected’ artworks and ideas, Wu also gives us access to the multiple pressures of choice, the art/exhibition making process, and even how taxing it is to be a fledgling artist attempting to realise ideas.
Kaio Wu Hiu Nam (HK) received her BAFA from RMIT University and Hong Kong Art School in 2022. Wu’s practice includes magazine-style photo books and creating installation environments using text and ready-made objects. Her artwork has been shown in HKFOREWORD (2022) and published in Bowen Street Press, Melbourne (2019).
In 2018, we introduced the annual Hidden Space Award. This supports an artist graduating from the BAFA programme at RMIT University and Hong Kong Art School. The awardee receives a solo exhibition, with mentoring, curatorial and installation support to develop their project, plus full venue access for one month prior to the exhibition to work in and re-articulate the space.