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be/longing at Lehmann Maupin Hong Kong

be/longing /
Heidi Bucher, Catherine Opie, Angel Otero, Suh Se Ok /
Jun 26 – Aug 15, 2020

Lehmann Maupin Hong Kong
407 Pedder Building, 12 Pedder Street,
Central, Hong Kong


Lehmann Maupin is pleased to announce be/longing, the first exhibition since the global onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. The exhibition will feature latex sculpture, photography, works on paper, and painting by Heidi Bucher, Catherine Opie, Angel Otero, and Suh Se Ok. In light of the recent self-isolation measures taken across the globe, this exhibition examines the myriad ways each artist has dealt with feelings of alientation stemming from gender and sexual orientation discrimination, the longing for family and home, and feeling distance from a community. The title’s play on words evokes the human need to feel a sense of belonging as well as the universal longing for companionship and connection in moments of isolation. 

Each of the artists featured in be/longing engages with the themes of connection, belonging, and isolation in their own way. Opie creates regal portraits of the LBGTQ+ community to bring visibility to an often underrepresented group, while Otero creates abstract representations of family and friends through a labor-intensive process that employs silicone and graphite dust to explore the amorphous nature of memory and how it changes over time. Suh strips the human figure down to its bare essentials, creating a series of ink on paper works depicting solitary or linked figures that represent the relationship between the individual and the community, while in Bucher’s work, the figure is completely omitted―the artist uses latex to capture the imprint of domestic spaces and objects, which hold the residue of their occupants.

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