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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

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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.

Two Polaroid photographs side by side. The photograph on the left shows a girl face down, leaning her head on the thigh of a person dressed in a short white skirt and grey sweater. The photograph on the right shows a bundle of red chopsticks tied together with string, lying on top of a surface covered in red fabric with images of large pink flowers.

Wong Wo Bik’s Daring and Beautiful Polaroids

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In this post, take a closer look at the work of Wong Wo Bik, one of the artists whose Wikipedia article was improved during the recent Art+Feminism: Wikipedia Edit-a-thon on Women in Art in Asia co-organised by M+ and Asia Art Archive. In total, participants added or improved over thirty Wikipedia articles about women artists in Asia in addition to Wong. You can see a full list of outcomes on the event's results page.

Hong Kong photographer Wong Wo Bik (b. 1949) is best known for her images of architectural landmarks documenting Hong Kong’s transition from a colonial to a post-colonial city. In contrast, her instant print photography reveals lesser-known aspects of her work that are experimental, daring, female-centred, autobiographical, and at times surreal. The M+ Collections contain examples of her architectural photography, but also a large selection of these Polaroid works. These include experimental works from her student years, as well as her more mature Polaroid works from the 1980s.

Video about the Archigram Archive acquisition into the M+ Collections. Transcript can be found below.

‘Hong Kong Is an Archigram City’: The Archigram Archive in the M+ Collections

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📹📃Video transcript for ‘The Archigram Archive in the M+ Collections’

The below post was written by Aric Chen, Curator at Large, Design and Architecture, M+, about the recent acquisition of the Archigram Archive into the M+ Collections.

In 2013, M+ approached members of the 1960s and ’70s experimental architecture collective Archigram about including their work in the museum’s collection. When it turned out they were seeking a permanent home for nearly their entire archive—with its 20,000 items, including more than 3,000 drawings alongside models, videos, ephemera, and other materials—we made a strong case for M+, the new museum rising in Hong Kong with a global perspective, to be the institution for the archive. Based in London, Archigram is one of the most influential voices of architecture in the second half of the 20th century. Bringing their archive to M+ was an extraordinary chance to expand the discipline’s global narratives with new perspectives drawn from our region, while using Archigram to lend fresh eyes to how we look at architecture and cities closer to home.

Five slivers of the works and objects in the post below have been put together to form a banner. From left to right are details of a red taxi sculpture, a wooden stool, a video still depicting a woman kissing her reflection on a mirror covered in a layer of water, an acrylic painting on canvas of geometric forms presenting an abstracted view of an architectural proposal, and an ink and colour painting on paper of a circular vortex-like element almost entirely enveloped by a swathe of red ink loosely resembling a diamond.

5 Women Artists You Should Know

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Happy International Women's Day! Can you name five women artists?

For the past few years, M+ has been proud to participate in #5WomenArtists, a global social media campaign organised by the National Museum of Women in the Arts to address gender inequality in the arts. Throughout March, we highlight five works in the M+ Collections by women artists, designers, architects, or filmmakers on the @mplusmuseum Instagram account.

For International Women’s Day this year, we looked back through the artists and practitioners we’ve previously highlighted during #5WomenArtists and picked five that we think you should know about:

1. Amy Cheung (Hong Kong)