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Chim↑Pom ~ It’s the wall world (2015)
The inclusion of The Mills in the artwork pays homage to Hong Kong’s unique developmental history, acknowledging the textile industries as a local pillar of economic growth. The creative act was aligned with the heritage conservation philosophy of The Mills, which shares Chim↑Pom’s ideal of preserving the cultural identity of cities, whilst embedding it with new meanings to enrich knowledge and experience.
About the work
It’s the wall world was initiated in 2014 at the Asian Art Biennale in Bangladesh. Developed in response to the aftermath of the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami, the continuing and evolving installation consists of a video documentation and component artworks accumulated from across the globe. Chim↑Pom cut out jigsaw pieces from the white cube of a gallery space, in exchange for identically shaped pieces carved from surfaces found in the ‘real world’. This was the first time a piece was taken from Hong Kong. Three pieces were cut out from the exterior and interior surface of The Mills and were exhibited alongside global ones as part of It’s a wall world at The Saatchi Gallery in London, in Chim↑Pom’s landmark solo show which opened in September 2015.
Chim↑Pom is a Japanese art collective based in Tokyo, founded in 2005 by Ellie, Yasutaka Hayashi, Motomu Inaoka, Toshinori Mizuno, Masataka Okada and Ruta Ushiro, when all six members were in their twenties. Considered to be one of the foremost groups of practitioners within the contemporary Japanese art scene, their work uses video as a primary discipline, freely crossing over a range of media from performance to installation, curating to events.
Responding instinctively to the ‘real’ of their times, Chim↑Pom has continuously released works that fully intervene in contemporary society with strong social messages. Developing their activities globally in exhibitions and projects across the world, their recent exhibitions include: ‘Das Hybris Projekt’, Halle 14, Leipzip, Germany; ‘by the mountain path’, White Rainbow, London, UK; ‘Takahashi Collection: Mirror Neuron’, Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, Tokyo, Japan; ‘Hong Kong Arts Centre 3rd Annual Collectors’ Contemporary Collaboration’, Hong Kong Arts Centre, HK and ‘Prudential Singapore Eye’, ArtScience Museum, Singapore (2015) among others. Their works are collected by renowned international institutions including Mori Art Museum, Japan; Asia Society Museum, USA; and Queensland Art, Gallery, Australia. Chim↑Pom was also named Overall Best Emerging Artist at the 2015 Prudential Eye Awards for Contemporary Asian Art, enabling them to exhibit at Saatchi Gallery, London in September 2015.
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