The Last Emporium, 2022
Singapore Biennale 2022 Commission
The Last Emporium is a project with several parts including a multimedia installation, a publication and geocached derivatives installed in Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Cabanatuan City, Nijmegan, Dallas and Singapore. The name of the work takes inspiration from the working title of one of Hong Kong's cultural theorist, Ackbar Abbas, seminal publications. Now published as Hong Kong: Culture and the Politics of Disappearances, the publication was originally titled The Last Emporium and explores the visual and cultural effects of colonialism and globalisation in Hong Kong. Elaine W. Ho revisits the transition and material traces explored in Abbas’ publication and explores the personal and the political. This project draws from the words of 陈 嘉璐 Chen Jialu, Amaya Julia Gutierrez, 瞿畅 Qu Chang, 陈忍霖 Levin Tan, 王漢麗 Regina Wong Hon-lai, Yin Yin Wong and Soledad Dominguez Yapus.
Collaged vessels have been cached at specific locations in Hong Kong, Singapore, Shenzhen, Cabanatuan City, Nijmegen and Dallas, for you and others to discover and carry further along their journeys. Please visit The Last Emporium to trace their latest coordinates.
Elaine W. Ho works between time-based art, experimental publishing, language and urban practice, asking questions about collaboration and the sociopolitics of syntax. From 2008–2013, she co-organised the artist-run project space HomeShop in Beijing and has been more recently engaged in ongoing experiments with Amy Suo Wu, Display Distribute and • • PROPAGANDA DEPARTMENT. She currently lives and works in Hong Kong.
- The Last Emporium. 2022. Mixed media vessels, audio and movement, with the letters and words of 陈嘉璐 Chen Jialu, Amaya Julia Gutierrez, 何穎雅 Elaine W. Ho, 瞿畅 Qu Chang, 陈忍霖 Levin Tan, 王漢麗 Regina Wong Hon-lai, Yin Yin Wong and Soledad Dominguez Yapus. Dimensions variable.