Self-portrait, 2013, Pencil on paper.
Gallery EXIT is pleased to present "Disturbances", a group exhibition with works by Casper Hiu Kwan CHAN, Szelit CHEUNG, Elva LAI, Firenze LAI, LING Pui Sze, Lulu NGIE and TANG Kwok Hin.
The exhibition exposes the viewer to a surreal world where control paradigms, plans and structures are put into jeopardy. What is left is an acceptance to chaos, an acknowledgment of our incapability of becoming a "Body Without Organs" (Deleuze and Guattari, "A Thousand Plateaus").
Society, with its values and all the arbitrary and unnatural binary structures of gender, ethnicity, sexuality, age etc., inhibit us from an uncontrolled, ungoverned, spontaneous existence. From the moment we come into being, we introject these ethics into the construct of an artificial fabricated personality. As Deleuze puts it, society is a hierarchical organism, where everybody is one part of an economic infrastructure without any space for free will, variety or identity.
The works on view proclaim the possibility of a failure; the paradox of fighting against a status quo that could never be defeated. They delve into the friction that is created when the innate idea of the self tries to challenge the artifice of a socially acquired personality. In a convergence of multimedia works, "disturbances" will reveal the emergence of social and personal disturbances in a display of corruption of the mind, alienation, perversion and madness.