Healing Self Healing
MACAH VIS511 Curatorial Project
Curated by Chao Ian Tong Adela, Kwok Ka Lung Raymond, Tang Wing Shan Hannah, Wong Yi Tung Suzanne, Yu Yanyi Yvette
Healing Self Healing
Artists: Broken Isn’t Bad, Chao Harn Kae, Charlotte Mui, Iris Yung
Curators: Chao Ian Tong Adela, Kwok Ka Lung Raymond, Tang Wing Shan Hannah, Wong Yi Tung Suzanne, Yu Yanyi Yvette
Tarot is the element to explore healing through tarot card designs and reflecting on self. In the process of tarot-reading, visual imagery and language narrative interpretation work side-by-side to explore subconsciousness in one’s mind. The big wheel shows the major arcana of the tarot deck by Broken Isn’t Bad, as well as keywords and quotes mentioned by the artist throughout the design process for the deck. By spinning the wheel to match the word with the visual images, visitors are encouraged to have their own interpretations and reflections to experience the process behind tarot-reading. Alternatively, visitors may sit in the carpeted floor area to interact with tarot decks created by Broken Isn’t Bad and Charlotte Mui. The two decks have very different designs in terms of styles, way of presenting the images and the inspirations behind the characters appearing in the cards. By shuffling and looking at these artworks on the cards, visitors may find their own understanding with aid of the guidebooks or interactions with other visitors.
Tattoo is the element that benefits one's emotional healing through the tattooing process and outcome. It emphasizes the motivation, process and outcome of obtaining a tattoo. Throughout the whole process, it allows an individual to fetch sources of strength, reclaim peacefulness through the transformation of emotion and gain self-empowerment or more. Thus, personal significance based on these visual narratives and experiences are constructive towards emotional healing. This section of the exhibition will incorporate customized tattoo works created by a local artist, Iris Yung. The manifestation of the artwork will be in a parallel form - on one side, emotions and implications of the works will be demonstrated in a linguistic form, and on the other side, photographs of the tattooed works will be presented respectively. Audiences are encouraged to look through the linguistic meanings and visual outcomes, in order to be cognizant of which obtaining a tattoo could be a way for one to heal. Photographs will be displayed showing these cases of people who transformed their emotions and thoughts into the permanent existence of visuals on their skin. On that account, audiences are encouraged to look for their own steps towards healing through knowing the experiences of others.
Ceramics is the element that encourages the art-maker to concentrate and attain balance through the creative art-making process. Its essence could be found through emotional communication with the self and expressing their feelings through the art-making process. One may also feel connected to their inner self with the outside world when working with others throughout the process. The ceramics-making instruction work by Chao Harn Kae provides an opportunity for the audiences to experience the process, thus attaining their own healing.
Broken Isn't Bad
Chao Harn Kae