Para Site’s Beauty Pageant: In Search of Miss Ruthless
Why We Recommend it
Exploring the sentimentality of Chinese culture through the emblem of Miss Hong Kong, this exhibit combines fantasy with feminism and humour.
In the 1970s, Hong Kong saw the rise of broadcast television and the formation of Miss Hong Kong and later Miss Chinese International, starting a colourful modern tradition. In recent memory, Miss Hong Kong 2015 Louisa Mak used her platform as a crowned queen to voice discontent with the political situation of her city and the status of women at large.
This show presents the work of 23 artists inspired by the media infrastructure that frames a pageant queen. Including archival documents, an experimental audio guide, two web projects, the show strives to envision a “Miss Ruthless” – a fictive pageant queen of the future and tongue-in-check emblem for Hong Kong.