Hong Kong Tatler - - Uncharted Territories - Pho­tog­ra­phy: Nic and Bex Gaunt Styling: Jus­tine Lee Words: Madeleine Ross and Chloe Street


Eight months ago, Hong Kong Tatler and Louis Vuit­ton came to­gether to forge a plat­form that would cel­e­brate col­lab­o­ra­tion and cre­ativ­ity. The re­sult­ing project, en­ti­tled Un­charted Ter­ri­to­ries, saw eight of the city’s most in­ter­est­ing and in­flu­en­tial artists and cre­atives—cho­sen for their impact and rel­e­vance in their re­spec­tive fields—work to­gether in pairs to pro­duce ex­pres­sions on a theme: the spirit of travel. The par­tic­i­pants were mo­ti­vated not only by the rare op­por­tu­nity to work in un­likely cou­plings but also by the chance to in­spire and en­er­gise fel­low artists in the city’s bur­geon­ing scene.

Un­charted Ter­ri­to­ries also pre­sented them with the chance to build an artis­tic di­a­logue with Louis Vuit­ton. The brand’s long as­so­ci­a­tion with art was built through am­bi­tious events, rang­ing from the ex­pertly cu­rated ex­hi­bi­tions at the Es­pace Louis Vuit­ton on Can­ton Road to 2009’s large-scale A Pas­sion for Cre­ation show, which saw the Mu­seum of Art wrapped en­tirely by Richard Prince. Louis Vuit­ton’s gen­uine, vig­or­ous support for artists—both global and lo­cal—ren­dered it the ideal part­ner for Un­charted Ter­ri­to­ries.

Guided by cu­ra­tor Wil­liam Zhao, the four teams were given full artis­tic free­dom to pro­duce works that cap­ture travel in its mul­ti­far­i­ous def­i­ni­tions— phys­i­cal, spir­i­tual and oth­er­wise. The works are highly per­sonal state­ments yet all point to the tran­sient na­ture of Hong Kong, a metropolis that has evolved rapidly to be­come a global hub, a node where cul­ture and com­merce vie for at­ten­tion.

Says Zhao: “Life is a jour­ney. Ev­ery mo­ment in a life­time is a jour­ney. Ev­ery minute counts as we laugh, work, re­lax, travel. We en­joy it as we share these with friends and fam­ily. It’s an hon­our to be in­vited by Louis Vuit­ton and Hong Kong Tatler to cu­rate Un­charted Ter­ri­to­ries and ex­plore new hori­zons with many tal­ents: film­maker Flora Lau, fash­ion de­signer Anais Mak (Jour­den), en­tre­pre­neur Kevin Poon, pho­tog­ra­pher Wing Shya, artist An­gela Su, ar­chi­tect Joyce Wang, artist Adrian Wong and an­i­ma­tor Wong Ping. In the eight months since we com­menced this project, we have been through hard­ships, en­light­en­ments, dif­fi­cul­ties, blissful times. The process has been a unique jour­ney for all of us.”

On the fol­low­ing pages, we show­case the collaborating pairs and ask them to de­scribe their works-in-progress. Each week, new video con­tent about each team and their progress will be posted on Hong Kong Tatler’s In­sta­gram and Facebook pages, as well as the Un­charted Ter­ri­to­ries web­site: hk.asi­atatler.com/lvhkt. The com­pleted works will be dis­played at an ex­hi­bi­tion in Jan­uary that will be launched with a char­ity auc­tion.

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