Ubiquitous Trash – Hong Kong Edition

21.07.16 – 10.09.16


Puerta Roja is honoured to support  Mexican art collective TRES, winners of the WMA Commission and their exhibition “Ubiquitous Trash – Hong Kong Edition“.

The exhibition and book launch will take place at Connecting Spaces on July 2 and will be extended to our gallery space at Soho 189 Art Lane from July 21.

Ubiquitous Trash is a research project into the social life of the strange abandoned objects we call trash. Parting from incessant walks and obsessive scavenging across the city of Hong Kong, TRES explores the signs and marks imprinted on trash collected from public spaces and official waste sites. The research gave rise to the book Ubiquitous Trash, Hong Kong Edition, where the intertwining of public space and trash became a multiplicity of unfolding relationships and decoding of the sociopolitical from an artistic perspective. The series is designed to develop and activate an archive of global trash taxonomy.

This exhibition furthers the book research with a selection of images and objects with varying intensity. TRES explores the tension between the macro and the micro details that emerge from the translation of trash into photographic images or drawings. In each refuse object a gesture remains, allowing us to gain insight into human culture. Trash is everywhere, all the time. We do not cease to produce it, and it does not disappear. TRES believes trash helps enhance our understanding of the contemporary society because “its informational character, its capacity to store material, economic and symbolic information can be used to elaborate individual or collective portraits of our society”. Trash tells us who we are, but it also reveals what we decide to leave aside, out of sight.

The book Ubiquitous Trash – Hong Kong Edition in Chinese and English will be presented at the exhibition and can be acquired in Puerta Roja or Connecting Spaces.

TRES employs the intimate view that photography provides, as well as collected objects, drawings, and site-specific research methods. The essays of Jérôme Monnet, Charles Merewether, and Héctor Castillo Berthier extend the exploration of trash into other disciplinary views.