The world's oldest picture postcard dates back 178 years to England in 1840. Postcards are designed to be posted without the need for envelope. The message written on a postcard can be read by other people, so it generally does not include any private information. Postcards often feature a picture on the front, such as a depiction of beautiful natural scenery, reproductions of famous paintings or propaganda cartoons, etc., while the sender affixes stamps and writes the recipient's address and a message on the back.
Postcards are ordinary objects, but they can be used as an artistic medium. They are generally a standard size, but people can represent their different worldviews on them. Audiences were invited to visit Postcard Journey at the Hong Kong Visual Arts Centre and to take their time over writing down your experience of the exhibition and the centre. After viewing the images and reading the texts related to postcards and works of art, audiences can try to put their thoughts and responses into words. Express their feelings on your postcard in a simple and direct way and then post it to an artist or a friend. Their feelings can form part of an artist's collection.
In contrast with the rapid exchange of information on the Internet, we set out to create slow and sincere communication by using postcards.
Project concept and co-ordination, photography: Cheung Chi-wai
As a photographer and life designer, Cheung Chi-wai specialises in designing activities for experiencing life in a slow and simple way. He is particularly interested in collecting different kinds of postcards.
Cheung Chi-wai fell in love with performance art when he was a child, and he later pursued a career as a stage photographer. He has more than 20 years' experience photographing art and rock music events. In 1996, he was awarded an Asian Cultural Council Fellowship to take part in a residency programme in New York. He established the Moon 9 Image art studio in 2007, and from 2010 onwards he started implementing the art project Trilogy of Metamorphosis, which included the series of events Identity exchange, In the wind and rain and Retreat on the small island.
As part of the contemporary new media art programme medialogue hosted by the Hong Kong Visual Arts Centre, Cheung Chi-wai have been taking photographs and present his work of art on the Internet from October 2017 while he will also work together with several other stage photographers to produce limited edition postcards. In the course of this entire artistic process, he sets out to communicate with audiences through postcards.
Photography co-ordination: Cheung Chi-wai @Moon 9 Image Design and printing: Wong Kiu Kei Publishing
Co-founded by senior stage photographer Jesse Clockwork, Wong Kiu Kei Publishing is a recently established printing company that caters to the needs of home industries. The company's goal is to assist Hong Kong artists and creative amateurs with their small-scale printing and publishing requirements.
Date: until 31.3.2019