emo gym

Date & Time

15 Jan - 3 Apr, 2022 Tue–Sun | 11am–7pm


JC Contemporary


Free of charge


Artists: Dony Cheng Hung, Chloë Cheuk, Michele Chu, Jess Lau Ching Wa, Sharon Lee, Eason Tsang Ka Wai, Yim Sui Fong

Curator: Erin Li

Latest Pandemic Prevention Measures at Tai Kwun

Tai Kwun is open with limited services during 7 January – 3 February 2022. The exhibition emo gym has been suspended until further notice. Thank you for your understanding.

We are living in such delicate times that simply going about on the street could bring tears to our eyes. Perhaps this came right after a video call with loved ones on the other side of the globe you had not seen for two years. Or perhaps your favorite bookstore or gym is closing down in the coming week. Maybe your brother suddenly told you he was emigrating soon. Or maybe you caught glimpses of some breaking news headline while on the subway.

emo gym—short for “emotion gymnasium”—calls on seven Hong Kong artists to confront, dissect, and possibly embrace the vulnerability of our times. Together, their sincere, poetic artworks invent an intimate yet experimental space, prompting visitors to uncover sentiments by discovering deep connections with the artworks as well as with each another.

Various forms of vulnerability are explored in the exhibition—vulnerability related to interpersonal relationships, digitisation of human experiences, and social institutions. emo gym raises the following important questions: does vulnerability constitute a fundamental state of human existence, and of the world we live in? Risky as it may be, would exposing and sharing nuanced senses of vulnerability catalyse a new world where we better co-exist with other emotional beings?