The assignment was to curate a hypothetical exhibition that features six artists and design its catalog.
Hong Kong art is rooted in Chinese culture and the British colonial experience. The search for a communal identity in art is an evolving process that necessitates reconsiderations of the self and the society we live in. Hong Kong is indisputably one of the most densely populated cities on Earth—it is a place where contradictions and chaos almost define its beauty. Deeply rooted in the rich local heritage, this exhibition catalog showcases six contemporary artists in Hong Kong who displayed their individuality and concerns for local and national cultural, social, and political issues in their works.
Hong Kong is only one bridge away from mainland China, but as a mainland Chinese, I always feel separated from Hong Kong's culture and people. Getting to know more about Hong Kong is essential to break this invisible barrier. The title typography treatment indicates how local people feel trapped and their mixed identity. The color palette was inspired by a few famous Hong Kong subway stations with signature British green and Chinese red. Also, the fact that Hong Kong is one of the most vertical cities in this world inspired me to design the table of contents and page numbers to look like elevators.