Tai Kwun Contemporary presents SNEEZE, a solo exhibition by Mika Rottenberg featuring immersive video installations about surreal alternative worlds of global everyday life. This is the first solo exhibition in Hong Kong by the artist. With an engaging yet rigorous artistic practice combining film, architectural installation and sculpture, Mika Rottenberg is fascinated by processes of labour and of technology as well as the effects of distance and the production of value in our contemporary world. Her works bring to the fore some of the absurdities in our global world.
SNEEZE presents four works (Sneeze, NoNoseKnows, Cosmic Generator, and Spaghetti Blockchain) by Mika Rottenberg, whose practice focuses on material surfaces and transformations that are simultaneously stimulating and disturbing, bizarre and banal, beautiful and lethal, productive and also exploitative. More specifically, the artist seeks out locales and locations across the globe to cast a spotlight on specific systems of production, such as a pearl factory in the Mainland, or a Calexico border town—yet she does so in surreal ways. Referencing the traditions of both cinema and sculpture, the artist documents aspects of reality but also invents footage from studio-built sets in order to create elaborate and subversive visual narratives. By weaving fact and fiction together, she highlights the inherent beauty and absurdity of our contemporary existence, shedding light on connections, disconnections, and the complexity of exchange.
Press release courtesy Tai Kwun Contemporary.