UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG
FACULTY OF ARCHITECTURE
Exhibitions

“Nail Salon” Exhibition @ PMQ

“Nail Salon” Exhibition @ PMQ
Date:
12-Dec-2022 - 05-Jan-2023
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Venue:
S314, 3/F, Staunton (Block A), PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central, Hong Kong
Title:
“Nail Salon – Spatial Implications of Women’s Labour” Exhibition @PMQ
「美甲沙龍 – 女性勞動的空間意義」展覽

Starting from their work as the most intimate and the closest connection these women have with their space, the exhibition opens up possibilities to think about it through the connections those women have to near and far, through the economies of their working conditions, the network of communities that support them, the families they take care of elsewhere, ultimately expressing the bondage of human beings across different scales. 

Nail Salon explores the spatial implications of women’s labour in Hong Kong to reflect on the future of feminist space in post-industrial Chinese society. Nail salons are one of the most enduring, gendered-female services exported from Mainland China to the world, where they appear with the same formula.

The salon’s spatial definition is blurred by the activities carried out within it: eating, watching tv, chatting, taking care of their kids, working, etc. The women working in the Hong Kong salons are often not locals, as the factories manufacture the products they use. Thus, the service takes place in multiple interconnected realities but is independent of the spatial boundaries in which it exists.

Nail Salon is supported by Design Trust Seed Grant and includes the collective works by the HKU students in the summer elective course led by the curators in 2022.


Research and Curation:
Chiara Oggioni and Sun Yi 

Exhibition Assistants:
Yim Hoi Lam Talia and Yung Sum Yee Nicole 

Student Contributors:
Chang Yin Ching, Chow Ho Lam, Tam Wing Huen, Lai Ching Kit Adrian, Song Peiyuan, Wong Sum Ming, Jiang Yurun, Wang Yuqi

Key Visual Credits:
Chow Ho Lam and Tam Wing Huen


Information about the workshops will be announced on our Eventbrite website in due course. For enquiries, please contact at Ms. Catherine Chan/ Ms. Olivia Lai of the Department of Architecture, HKU  (Tel: 3917 1102/ 3917 2132, Email: kwcchan@hku.hk/ olilai@hku.hk).

This exhibition will observe social distancing measures set out by the government. Visitors can walk in but may be required to take turns to enter the gallery.


本次展覽獲Design Trust(香港信言設計大使)支持。2022年暑期,策展人在香港大學建築學院開展了相關主題的選修課,本展覽包括該選修課學生的集體作品。

「美甲沙龍」旨在呈現香港女性的勞動空間以及其空間意義,並進一步探討中國後工業時代女性主義的存在空間與未來。美甲服務是以女性為主導的服務行業,長期從中國大陸輸出到世界各地。無論在何地,美甲沙龍總是以類似的運營模式出現。

沙龍作為美甲師的工作場所,往往同時承載著各種其他活動:吃飯、娛樂、聊天、照顧孩子等等。在香港美甲沙龍工作的女性通常不是本地人,她們使用的產品也以進口為主。展覽不只是討論美甲服務本身,也試圖以性別角度思考人與人的關係,以及所產生的各類經濟活動。

美甲師和她們的勞動空間有著怎樣的親密聯繫?這也是策展人最為關心和最想呈現的。本次展覽由此展開,觀察這些女性與家鄉的經濟聯繫,與在地的人際關係,以及她們的生存環境等等。這些聯繫或近或遠、或生疏或密切,都表達了個體在不同程度上都受到社會關係及建築空間的制約。


策展人:
歐可兒孫壹

展覽助理:
嚴凱琳、容心兒

參與學生:
張衍晴、周昊霖、譚穎萱、黎正傑、宋培媛、黃琛銘、嚴凱琳、容心兒、姜雨潤、王鈺淇

海報圖片作者:
周昊霖, 譚穎萱


展覽將設有專題研討會,詳情稍後會於香港大學建築展廳Eventbrite網站公佈。如有任何查詢,歡迎聯絡香港大學建築系Catherine Chan / Olivia Lai(電話:3917 1102 / 3917 2132,電郵: kwcchan@hku.hk/ olilai@hku.hk)。

此展覽遵守政府規定的社交距離措施。參加者可進內參觀,但或需輪流進入展廳。

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