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Svima | Islands IV
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Svima: Leon Lai

  • Mixed digital media | 2020
  • Giclée print with archival inks
  • Signed limited edition of 3
  • 32"x 39"(81 x 100 cm)
  • White frame

 

Although three quarters of Hong Kong's land mass is designated for natural conservation, the reality of a concrete jungle leaves little room for untamed nature. A glimpse into a typical neighborhood courtyard in Kowloon unveils a collection of everyday urban apparatuses and forms in a constant state of turmoil.

This piece is part of our exhibition Soft Shield | Allegorical Spaces by Svima as part of DesignTO Festival 2022. 

Like cells encased in their membranes, communicating mysteriously with one another and the body as a whole, humans are beginning to interface with our spaces more intimately. Our spaces are becoming responsive to us, and in many ways, are beginning to know us.

In Soft Shield, Svima explores the responsive, pliable, flexible, biophilic, and biomorphic. The works examine how spaces relate to wellbeing, physical and mental health, storytelling, and the natural environment. Conceived as a series of allusive narratives where each space tells a story, the works investigate notions of self and perception, using vivid environments as allegories for various facets of contemporary existence.