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.
Yim Hoi Lam Talia and Yung Sum Yee Nicole
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: email@example.com/ firstname.lastname@example.org).
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.