Monochrome photograph of two women dressed in cheongsams and high heels walking next to each other down a street. We view them from behind. Pillars with Chinese lettering line the street on their left, and shop fronts are seen on their right. A small group of men are gathered further down the street.

From the Collections: ‘Two Women (Gloucester Road, 1961)’ by Yau Leung

Two Women (Gloucester Road, 1961) (1961) by Yau Leung is in the M+ Collections, but what is it, who made it, and why did M+ acquire it?

What is this?

This is a photograph from Hong Kong photographer Yau Leung (1941–1997). He is best known for his pioneering photographs of Hong Kong street life.

The work depicts two women dressed in cheongsams walking down Gloucester Road in the early 1960s. Using a simple yet effective composition, it neatly frames the women with street pillars and shops on either side. Like many of Yau’s photos, it captures an everyday, authentic interaction between Hongkongers in the course of their daily lives. Their dressed-up appearance, however, also imbues the image with old-school glamour. Viewing from behind, invited to follow but unable to see the women’s expressions, we wonder who they are and where they are going.

Video still showing a hollow in the ground shaped like a human silhouette with outstretched arms. It is filled with red liquid.

From Earth to Ink: How Performance Artists Use Their Bodies in Their Work

Performance art is an art form that makes use of time and the human body (or bodies) to express a feeling or idea. Works of performance art can be carried out almost anywhere by anyone, can be public or private, and can rely on scripted or unscripted actions.

While all forms of performance art involve bodies in one way or another, some performance artists draw particular attention to their own bodies. A loose movement of body-related performance art emerged in the 1960s and 1970s, pioneered by artists who placed their own bodies at the forefront of their art.

One of the artists who experimented with this type of art during this period was Ana Mendieta. She is best known for her ‘earth-body’ works, in which she focuses on a connection between her body and the earth. Right now, you can see a selection of Mendieta’s body performance pieces at Five Artists: Sites Encountered in the M+ Pavilion.

Monochrome photograph of a road with numerous shop signs hanging above. Carts covered with striped canvas fabric are parked on the two sides, while a person carrying a large, blank canvas stands in the middle of the road.

Quiz: Can You Recognise These Spots in Hong Kong?

How well do you know Hong Kong’s buildings, mountains, markets, and public spaces?

The M+ Collections contain a lot of different representations of Hong Kong—from architectural archives to landscape paintings. Take this quiz to see if you can recognise the Hong Kong spots in ten of these different representations. Are you an 852 expert, or is it time to learn about and explore the city a bit more?

Film still showing an older woman hugging a man with an emotional expression on her face. We see her face over the man’s shoulder, and the man has his back towards us.

From the Collections: ‘Mother’ by Tracey Moffatt

Mother by Tracey Moffatt is in the M+ Collections, but what is it, who made it, and why did M+ acquire it? Catherine Lau, Assistant Curator, Moving Image, M+, explains:

What is this?

Mother (2009) is a video by Australian contemporary artist Tracey Moffatt. It forms part of the Montage video series created by Moffatt and her long-time collaborator Gary Hillberg. Created between 1999 and 2015, the series consists of a suite of eight short videos that draw upon a range of stereotypes from Hollywood films. Together they interrogate and re-frame the nature of representation in popular culture.

Mother compiles clips of mother figures from classic Hollywood cinema and television dramas. The figures range from the Virgin Mary and Mother Courage, to characters from Maude (1972–78), Aliens (1986), Imitation of Life (1959), and American Gangster (2007). The characters play out scenes of care, loss, emotional manipulation, abandonment, and grief. The intense relationships between mothers and daughters are especially prominent.