Zan Baak Fo is the latest ceramics project of Annie Wan Lai Kuen, it is the extension of her work Everyday a rainbow in the 11th Gwangju Biennale. In Cantonese, Zan means precious, it also sounds the same as authentic. Annie set up the exhibition display inside this grocery store in Ping Shek Estate, where real groceries are placed and sold side by side with the art replicas mass produced by ceramics; at the same time, these “art pieces” are sold at an extremely low price inside the proper gallery space in Sheung Wan.
Does art come with a price? In the eyes of the general public, fine art pieces are topnotch luxury items which are only sold at an extremely high price in auction or art fair. Is Walter Benjamin’s criticism in “the aura of a work of art is devalued by mechanical reproduction?” always correct? We need food to keep our body working, do we also need art to nourish our lives and spirits? How should artists do to create works which are more engaging to the people and the community? These are what Annie like to explore through this exhibition.
During exhibition period all works in Sheung Wan exhibition venue will be sold at prices of the originals.