Currently based in Oslo, Norway, Hong Kong visual artist Bobby Yu Shuk-pui uses video, text, installation, sculpture and performance as a way to critique social phenomena. She once produced silicone sex toys in the shape and size of her breasts in the sculpture “You’re So Small, So Chinese”. Placed on the gallery floor, the silicone pieces were easily stepped on and broken by viewers in a comment on the commodification of a woman’s body. In 2017, Yu participated in the Miss Hong Kong pageant, and made use of the experience in her exhibition Miss Perpetual: Form Piece, which consists of the TVB application documents for Miss Hong Kong over the decades, showing the city’s evolving cultural ideals of femininity.
Lately, inspired by the paradox where the modern society is both reliant on and scared of genetic engineering, Yu is working on Genetic Salon, an ongoing project that started in Hong Kong in 2018. She works with people across industries including scientists, housewives, actors, scholars and collectors to explore the relationship between genetic technology and the human body, theology, history and anime. Originally presented as a podcast with the Hong Kong Radio Community, her project will be shown in Oslo in the forms of an installation, sculpture, 3D animation and video.
Find out more at yushukpui.com
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