Photofairs San Francisco 2018

Press Preview: Thursday February 22, 4pm - 5pm

First Look Preview: Thursday February 22, 5pm - 10pm

VIP Preview: Friday February 23, 11am - 1pm

 

General Opening Hours:

Friday February 23, 1pm – 6pm

Saturday February 24, 11am – 7pm

Sunday February 25, 11am – 6pm



Christine Park Gallery is delighted to participate in Photofairs San Francisco 2018with a duo-solo presentation by Hong Kong based photographer, Xyza Cruz Bacani (b. 1987) and Brooklyn based multi-disciplinary artist Mathew Tom (b. 1984). 

 

Working as a domestic worker in Hong Kong for almost a decade, Xyza Cruz Bacani uses photography to raise awareness about under-reported stories, focusing on migrants and human rights issues. Whilst dealing with heavily weighted socio-political issues, Bacani’s works also reflect the isolation she felt whilst living in a foreign country, and also working as a domestic worker in this foreign setting.  Echoing her 2015 exhibition After Work at Para-site Hong Kong - a group show that presented the historical stories of migrant domestic works in Hong Kong and the South East Asia vicinity, as well as a modern interpretation of migrant labour- Bacani’s act of taking photography is both a representation of the migrant worker and a representation of herself as an artist in a polarized modern society divided by class. Her work also engages with issues faced by young artists existing within highly competitive art market. 

 

Mathew Tom is a Chinese-American photographer and painter, who depicts a utopian and later dystopian spaces and avatars through a mix of Eastern and Western iconography. The main theme of his photographs is an imaginary place named “Society of Friends”, inspired by his experience in different temples, ashrams and monasteries during his childhood in India. Fascinated by the harmonic, “perfect” but unrealistic atmosphere, he invents his own space with imaginary characters. The series represent his ideas of a seemingly perfect society built with a sense of admiration, coming from his own perspective of the Eastern culture “as an outsider of the culture”. The mix between the Eastern features and the Western aesthetics (posture, composition) in the portraits seem to reflect his background. His photography and paintings tend to evoke different impressions; his photography in small format for an intimate feeling, and the paintings in larger formats more overwhelming.


Christine Park Gallery presented Bacani’s first solo exhibition, Under Represented in London, which included works from the Occupy HK – Teargas and Occupy HK – Suffrage series, as well as the Isolation series. Collectively the works summarise her practice as a street and documentary photographer, as well as her inner universe as an artist. On the occasion of Photofairs San Francisco 2018, Christine Park Gallery presents the first volume of CPG Presents, the gallery’s artist catalogues series, that is also entitled Under Represented by Xyza Cruz Bacani. During the fair, the Gallery will host the artist’s book signing event on Friday February 23 at 4pm at the gallery booth, C07.