Sweet Sorrow, an upcoming exhibition at the Blue Lotus Gallery, is Wing Shya's epic photographic ode to the "me generation" in Hong Kong and reads as a technicolour love letter to the city that raised him. The project, which took four years to complete and involved hundreds of people, was a collaboration with Kanako B. Koga and Fantasista Utamaro.
Shya used Hong Kong as a backdrop to play out his spectacular vision of what is really going on in the psyche of a generation who grew up with smartphones and with a heightened attention to all things visual: "These characters find comfort in their strangeness, their sexual exploits, their subculture and its expressions and their dance with melancholy. To feel alone is an epidemic in modern city life and thus this series resonates not only with the young but all urban creatures."
Shya says he's concerned about today's youth who have grown up with information technology: "The Me Generation is resourceful and privileged in all material aspects... However, the pedestal of being blessed does not grant many of them happier lives, and in fact, in response to the vast changes of the society, the infinite consumption of information and material abundance; feelings of detachment and isolation in these people are prominent."
Sweet Sorrow by Wing Shya will go on show at the Blue Lotus Gallery from 17 March until 28 April 2018. To find out more, visit wingshya.com.