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Time Imprints: Tracing Traditions

15 March - 18 March

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Vacheron Constantin launches “Time Imprints: Tracing Traditions” at Tai Kwun, Hong Kong. First part of a series, the exhibition will mark an exciting start of the Maison’s new artistic and cultural project piloting in Hong Kong. In partnership with Crafts on Peel, a charitable organization in Hong Kong, this new initiative will make an effort to preserve, perpetuate and innovate local traditional crafts which, might have humbly appeared in our everyday lives without us noticing, but are now slowly fading away in the tides of time and modernization. The project aims to foster a creative dialogue to reimagine our cultural heritage, to highlight the essence of craftsmanship and folk wisdom in the disappearing local crafts, and to inspire local traditional craftsmen and contemporary artisans in passing-on and exchanging their know-how with innovative thinking.

This year, Vacheron Constantin will partner with Crafts on Peel, Hong Kong, for a year-long project to preserve, perpetuate and innovate local traditional crafts in Hong Kong. Together with Crafts on Peel – a charitable organization whose mission is to revive, reinterpret and perpetuate traditional Hong Kong craftsmanship by promoting collaborations between local craftsmen and contemporary artisans through apprenticeship and exchange of techniques, “Time Imprints: Tracing Traditions” will be the first part of the year-long series in fostering a creative dialogue to reimagine our cultural heritage, to highlight the essence of craftsmanship and folk wisdom in the disappearing local crafts, and to inspire local traditional craftsmen and contemporary artisans in passing-on and exchanging their know-how with innovative thinking.

“Time Imprints: Tracing Traditions”

On exhibition from March 15 to 18, at Tai Kwun, Hong Kong, “Time Imprints: Tracing Traditions” will bring together local creative talents across generations to showcase this cultural mission:

Master Liu Wing Sheung, one of Hong Kong’s last remaining and preeminent casting craftsmen, who has begun passing along his experience and know-how to Fanson Lam, a young sculptor who has created contemporary art by infusing traditional casting techniques into his work, and Angel Hui, a contemporary painter, whose works feature and continues to transcend the traditional Chinese art of embroidery.

The exhibition will explore various themes that look back through our cultural history – from mythology and folklore to present day Hong Kong. Master Liu Wing Sheung and Fanson Lam will both showcase art pieces on their own that highlight the art of casting that depict our traditional ideas of perception, philosophy, karma and culture, as well as pieces that include fantastical imagery.

The art pieces will highlight the seasoned hands of both artisans and their collaborative efforts inspired by ancient Chinese traditions and crafts – from the use and mastery of bronze, to inspiration from age-old tools like mirrors and door knockers, to casting techniques amalgamated with an in-depth knowledge and modern interpretation of our culture to create something new and meaningful for a contemporary audience.

Angel Hui, meanwhile, will showcase a colourful world of nature that has been inspired by Hong Kong’s local cityscape “Goldfish Street” – the goldfish itself, a traditional Chinese symbol of happiness and good fortune. The result brings the exhibition back to modern-day Hong Kong, fusing the artist’s interpretation of social roles of commonly found objects with the ancient Chinese art of embroidery as she applies challenging embroidery techniques on fragile plastic material, creating exquisite, soulful goldfish motifs.

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