Hong Kong

Artist Katie Vajda looks beyond first impressions

Lost in our product, Katie Vajda, Hong Kong

At a time when too many of us tend to derive our greatest pleasure from the instant gratification of social media apps, award-winning artist Katie Vajda challenges us to pause, reflect and look at life in more detail. Her photographic work endeavours to detach the body from space and unravel our lives from their hurly-burly existence.

Hong Kong gets to gaze and imagine the stories behind the images Vajda captures through her lens from October 29 and until the end of November when the Hong Kong-based visual artist and photographer presents her solo show, Body Domestic 身體自主 at AO Vertical Space.

Advised by noted curator and photographer Wong Kai Yu (Blues), the work will be presented in a large industrial stairwell, curated across five floors, inviting viewers on an interactive journey to experience a complex and provocative narrative

Interestingly, when I was first introduced to Hong Kong-based Vajda on the Central Coast of New South Wales in Australia, her career was already on the rise. A winner of the prestigious Hong Kong Human Rights Arts Prize (2014), she patiently listened (and rightfully ignored) the suggestion she photograph my two dachshunds, Hans and Gruber, around a pool table.

Two years later and she has gone on to pick up the Hong Kong Arts Festival – Photography Campaign, Gold Award as well and I’m still waiting for the pool table shoot.

As for the current exhibition, Body Domestic 身體自主 will cover her career from 2013 to 2016 and features five series of work ranging from the award-winning Can you see me yet series to The Body Domestic and Forgotten wild.

And for those lucky few who have scored an exclusive invitation to the October 28 exhibition opening on the roof of the gallery, it’s co-sponsored by Penfolds and Peroni and will feature a collaborative installation by internationally acclaimed Hong Kong sound artist, Fiona Lee.


Body Domestic 身體自主 – October 29 to November 30
AO Vertical Art Space
13/F, Asia One Tower 08 Fung Yip Street, Chai Wan, Hong Kong
9am-6pm (M-F)
10am-6pm (Sat)

Dietmar Schweinsteiger

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