Born in Hong Kong 1964. Wing Shya's work encompasses the realms of film, art and fashion. After graduating from Emily Carr Institute in Canada, Wing Shya returned to Hong Kong and founded the award-winning design studio, Shya-La-La Workshop. Shya, who is renowned in typography and an outstanding graphic designer, has won numerous design awards for contributing numerous designs to the Hong Kong music and pop culture industries.Read More
In 1997, appointed by Film Director Wong Kar-Wai as still photographer and graphic designer; Shya began collaborating with WKW on films Happy Together, In the Mood for Love, Eros and 2046. By the year 2019, the collaboration has evolved into numerous projects as conceptions of both individuals, ranging from motion pictures to art videos catering to top-tier luxury brands like Saint Laurent, and more.
A now-recognised director, Shya began his venture in filmmaking by collaborating with musicians like Jacky Cheung and Vanessa Mae on music videos. In Spring 2010, Shya debuted his block-buster feature film, Hot Summer Days and continued to work on the sequel, Love in Space, which was released in Fall 2011. In 2010, invited by Rodarte; Shya conceived of a fashion-art film for their Maggie Cheung Collection, and in 2011, he was invited by YOOX to conceive of Lost Paradise, an art/fashion video for thecorner.com, China. Over the course of the 2010s, Shya continued to work on various videographic projects for commercial initiatives like Sacaii, MOTHER magazine, i-D magazine and musicians like Li Yuchun. In year 2020, Shya is expected to release a feature film produced by WKW.
Wing Shya made his return to fine art In March 2006. Invited by the Mori Art Museum in Roppongi, Tokyo; Shya was the first foreign photographer to exhibit at the museum with his inaugural show, Distraction/Attraction. In 2007, he was selected to exhibit in In Fashion 07, curated by Marion de Beaupré at Art Basel Miami, in which his works were first collected by an international calibre. In October the same year, he had a solo exhibition, Jealousy, at Xintiandi, Shanghai. Shya also took part in China Design Now in 2008, which was exhibited at V&A Museum. During the early 2010s, Shya exhibited with Louise Alexander Gallery of Italy and +81 Gallery both in Tokyo and New York. In November 2017, Shya showcased his well-received retrospective show at SCoP Shanghai, curated by Karen Smith, which the same show travelled to Xie Zilong Photography Museum in Changsha in the Spring of 2019. Curated again by Karen Smith, Shya exhibited his works in the year 2020 edition of Kyotographie.
Text courtesy Blue Lotus Gallery.
Twenty years after working on Wong Kar-wai's seminal movie In the Mood for Love, photographer Wing Shya talks to us about capturing the essence of that film, and his own career as a director.
An exhibition at Blue Lotus Gallery covers Wing Shya's 20-year career as a photographer and filmmaker, including on-set stills from the movies, Happy Together, 2046 and In the Mood for Love.
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