It’s Always You | Chan Ka Kiu


13.12.2020 – 31.03.2021


K11 Design Store, 3/F K11 Art Mall, 18 Hanoi Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong


Chan Ka Kiu

It’s Always You is the latest immersive experience by the artist to explore individualism and the idea of self in contemporary life. The artist will transform a section inside K11 Design Store into a room that is filled with mirrors, reflections and neon slogans, creating an optical illusion of the space vanishing due to multiple reflections. Through this ‘Invisible Shop’, the artist creates a stage for visitors to perform, encouraging unselfconscious selfies inside the space, and at the same time, mocking such inflated sense of self and excessive self-admiration that echoes with the neon sign ‘It’s Always You’. Only when the visitors exit the space will they realise that the mirror is see-through from outside and their behaviours in the room just now are in fact not so private. The installation immediately switches perspective and position for the performer, and forces them to see themselves clearly ‘without the mirror’.

Under CHAN Ka Kiu’s manipulation of space and perspectives, visitors can immerse in a theatrical experience where they can be both the performer and the audience. The artist prompts us to question the ‘self’ we see and try to portray – how differently would one act and feel if he’s aware that the other side of the mirror is glass instead of solid walls? Funny at first sight, this semi-awkward yet luring installation is more than just a joke, we hope all visitors can enjoy a few moments of self-love, self-reflection and perhaps self realisation too. In a room where only your own reflections are visible and everything else is invisible, the artist challenges your sensitivity and wonders if you manage to notice other things that exist in the installation.