About the exhibition:
Blue Lotus Gallery is proud to present Michael Wolf’s: 'Tokyo Compression’. Despite Wolf being a firm fixtures in the Hong Kong art scene, this important body of work has never been exhibited in Hong Kong before. The same series is shortlisted by the prestigious PRIX PICTET, the global award in photography and sustainability, which this year has the theme of SPACE. ‘Tokyo Compression Final Cut’, the book’s 4th revised edition will be launched during the preview night and will available for sale throughout the exhibition. The book has been selected by Martin Parr as one of the most important photo-books of the last decade. The exhibition will be held in the artist’s studio in Chai Wan giving visitors the opportunity to meet the artist in person while visiting the exhibition.
By concentrating on the details of each face and each subway window, Wolf enables the viewer to connect immediately with the emotion, regardless of whether the viewer has ever experienced such overcrowding. Wolf focuses exclusively on faces and figures, and creates with his radical aesthetics immensely intense images, which aim in a disturbing, even shocking way, directly into the inner life of the portraits.
“This is not a dignified way of living. It's like looking into a ride in hell.” quoted Michael Wolf for an interview with CNN in March 2016.
As per Francis Hodgson: “Wolf’s are brilliant photographs; it’s as simple as that. They’re made and cropped and sequenced with skill and care and the deep conviction that meaning will out – of good photography as of good words.”
"Tokyo Compression Final Cut” as will be launched during the exhibition, is the fourth and final revised edition of the classic with many previously unpublished pictures and a completely new ending.
About the artist:
The focus of german photographer Michael Wolf’s work is life in mega cities. many of his projects document the architecture and the vernacular culture of metropolises. Wolf grew up in Canada, Europe and the united states, studying at UC Berkeley and at the folkwang school with otto Steinert in essen, Germany. He moved to hong kong in 1994 where he worked for 8 years as contract photographer for stern magazine. Since 2001, Wolf has been focusing on his own projects, many of which have been published as books.
Wolf’s work has been exhibited in numerous locations world wide his work is held in many permanent collections, including M+ (Hong Kong), Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Brooklyn museum, the San Jose museum of Art, California; the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago; Museum Folkwang, Essen and the German museum for architecture, Frankfurt.
A comprehensive retro exhibition is scheduled to tour in various institutions in Europe in the near future, kickstarting in Arles with the LUMA foundation this coming July 2017.
Wolf has published more than 30 photo books. He currently resides in Hong Kong.
(For complete bio including awards, exhibitions and books, please contact the gallery.)
About Blue Lotus Gallery:
Founded by Sarah Greene in 2007, Blue Lotus is an independent gallery supporting artists through exhibitions, book projects and fairs. The gallery’s program mainly explores Hong Kong cultural identity through photography & works on paper.
Blue Lotus Gallery represents some of Hong Kong's most prominent photographers such as Ho Fan and Michael Wolf and has been instrumental in the career of emerging artist such as Romain Jacquet-Lagreze, KC Kwan and Marcel Heijnen.
2017 marks the gallery’s ten year anniversary this year. In the spring the focus will be on emerging talent while in the fall old masters will be highlighted.
The gallery is currently located in Chai Wan.