Rosanna Li Wei Han is a well-known Hong Kong ceramicist whose robust ceramic figurines are imbued with cultural and symbolic meaning. For "Café Acrobatic", Li has created a troupe of “acrobats” who perform their daily tasks in the typical Hong Kong “cha chaan teng” – 茶餐廳 – with agility, grace and humour. Visitors to the exhibition will meet the chef and his staff, the cashier, waiters – everyone whose strength, speed and skill are admired by Li as they go about their everyday work.
“This exhibition is a big mix of my childhood fantasies and life-long obsession with traditional Chinese and local cultures,” Li says about "Café Acrobatic".
Born in Hong Kong, Rosanna Li studied ceramics at the Hong Kong Polytechnic. She pursued her undergraduate studies in Art Education at the University of Liverpool and earned a post-graduate Diploma in Art Education from the University of London. She also obtained a Master’s Degree in Educational Management from the Cheltenham & Gloucester College as well as a Master’s Degree in Cultural Studies from Lingnan University. From 1990 to 2010 she worked in the School of Design, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, while making successful endeavours in the art scene.
In this special tour, Li will talk about the inspiration for "Café Acrobatic" and the process of creating the figurines, a body of works that delights us and deepens our insight into everyday life.