PHOTOGRAPHER • FILM & VIDEO DIRECTOR • CREATIVE DIRECTOR
Wing Shya (夏永康) is one of the most prolific Asian contemporary artists that transmute among film, arts and fashion.
After graduating from Emily Carr Institute in Canada, Wing Shya returned to Hong Kong and founded the award-winning design studio, Shya-la-la Workshop.
Wing Shya has won numerous design awards since the beginning of his career. He has produced acclaimed design books and creative productions for a substantial list of public figures and companies. Amongst which, his unprecedented music album designs for top singers in Hong Kong stamped a period of creativity revolution in the Asian pop culture.
Appointed by film director Wong Kar-Wai as the exclusive photographer and graphic designer in 1997, Wing Shya began their collaboration on film Happy Together, In the Mood for Love, Eros and 2046. From these films, Wing Shya discovered his creative direction, signature style and forte in photography. No matter which type of beauty that he portrays, his images are always poetic, sensual and emotionally charged.
In March 2006, invited by the prestigious Mori Art Museum in Tokyo, Wing Shya was the first non-Japanese photographer to exhibit at the museum with his inaugural show, Distraction/Attraction.
Wing Shya’s artistic talents were further recognized when he debuted his first feature film, Hot Summer Days, that was a blockbuster in Asia in Spring 2010. The sequel, Love in Space, released in the following year, was equally well received.
Wing Shya recently showcased his work at Forward Assembly's SFW exhibition.
FASHION DESIGNER • CONSULTANT
Shelly Steffee is an accomplished designer who has maintained a reputation for innovative design as well as exceptional craftsmanship over the course of her career. Shelly is a respected member of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) having contributed as a designer of self-titled brand, SHELLY STEFEEE, and also for helped pioneer the meatpacking district as a fashion hub. She possesses a strong and consistent aesthetic and has been producing beautiful, forward thinking, intelligent collections for others and her own brand. She creates an intimate experience with a focus on creative collaborations, exhibitions, and store events. With an eye towards the modern, and a passion for mixing the conceptual with utilitarian, Shelly has always expressed tremendous individuality as a designer, something an editor and customer can really respond to.
“My work tells an intimate story about the evocative relationship between the sensual body and the refined garment/accessories — the goal is to enhance the individual experience and evoke an emotional response.” - Shelly Steffee
PAINTER • ILLUSTRATOR • MODEL
Before devoting herself full-time to the illustration career, Afa Annfa (李思汝) was once an art director in the advertising industry, while also working as an active model and actress. She started her illustration career after working in a 4As agency for several years.
Her illustrative work mainly includes print ads, magazine columns, TVCs, online animation videos, smartphone apps and collaborative projects with different brands such as Dr. Martens, i.t, Free People, Mcdonald’s, WeChat and Fujifilm. She has also done several animated features for music videos. Singers she has worked with include Khalil Fong, Eason Chan and Ellen Lo. She had her first solo exhibition “The Silent Family” in June 2015. The exhibtion resulted in a great success and was widely reported by different press / media.
EDITOR • CURATOR • ART DIRECTOR • CONSULTANT
Patrick Remy started writing about photography in 1992, and has written several books since then. Not only does he write, he is an esteemed consultant, publisher and editor of luxury art and photography books for brands and organisations. Patrick Remy teaches at ECAL in Lausanne, Switzerland. He created the book series Fashion Images de Mode, the Fashion-Photography Annual, Strip/Paradise/Desire/Sensation and The Art of Fashion Photography (Prestel), as well as being a regular contributor to a plethora of magazines such as Vogue Paris, Mixte, Paradis, l'Œil, Journal des Arts, Beaux-Arts, L'Officiel, L'Évènement du jeudi, Camera International, 7 à Paris, Artpress, Jalouse USA, Black+White Composite, Studio Voice. Numéro and AD.
In 1999, Patrick founded the Patrick Remy STUDIO for publishing and advising. He holds full management of a publishing company on the french market, in which he deals with the challenges of how to communicate with photography, and under which form, thus advising clients upon the best ways to utilize visual stimuli. Patrick has published several monographs for significant photographers including Daido Moriyama, Massimo Vitalli, Jonas Mekas, Valérie Belin, Koto Bolofo, Guido Mocafico and more. He has done consultant work for numerous brands such as Hermes, Louis Vuitton, Bulgari, Chanel parfums, Gucci group, YSL, Kenzo cosmetics. Le Printemps, Miashvili, etc. and for magazines such as Numéro, L'Officiel and Paradis.
Patrick is also responsible for having organised several influential exhibitions on fashion photography in major cities such as Miami, Tokyo and Melbourne to name a few.
FASHION DIRECTOR • STYLIST • CONSULTANT
Kanako B. Koga is a world reknowned stylist, editor and fashion director based in Paris. She currently acts as the Fashion director of Code Magazine in the Netherlands. She extends her expertise into a large scope of stylistic roles; providing styling consultation and art direction for a variety of clients such as photographers, magazines, fashion designers, runway shows, commercial advertising and more.
She collaborates closely with world-class photographers, Gregoire Alexandre, Amit Berlowitz, Koto Bolofo, Mark Borthwick, Christophe Cufos, Wendelien Daan, Sophie Delaporte, Pierre Even, Philip Gay, Nathaniel Golberg, Dominique Isserman, Duc Liao, Taka Mayumi, Nawel, Josh Ollins, Bianca Pilet, Phil Poynter, Metz & Racine, Daniel Riera, Ola Rindal, Henry Roy, Vivian Sassen, Lina Scheynius, Wing Shya, Ami Sioux, Chikashi Suzuki, Paul Wetherell, and more.
Her advertising clients include brands such as Hermès, Issey Miyake, Louis Vuitton, Celine, Vanessa Bruno, Malo, Lacoste, Diesel, Mandarina Duck, Petit Bateau, Levi’s, Jil Stuart, Leonard, Piaget, Van cleef & Arpel, Christofle, Rolex, Azzaro, Galerie Lafayette, Bon Marché, Printemps, Clarins, L’Oréal, Vichy, Sony, Casio, Toyota, Renault, ING Direct, B for Bank, Orange, Bouygues, amongst other successful companies.
With a deep understanding and a respected member of the industry Kanako has contributed in a number of crucial roles, for example acting as a fashion editor for Rendez Vous magazine in 2006-2008, and was the contributing fashion editor for both i-D magazine in 2000-2006. She was the style consultant for fashion shows along the likes of Maison Martin Margiela in 2006-2012 and Hermes in 1998-2003. She has also contributed to the magazines Flair Italy, Vogue Gioello, Vogue Pelle, Harper’s Bazaar, Surface the Guardien, Purple, Jalouse, Nylon, and Sleek.
FILM DIRECTOR • SCREENWRITER
Flora Lau (劉韻文) is an independent filmmaker born and raised in Hong Kong. She graduated from Columbia University in New York with Economics and Mathematic majors, and proceeded to follow her passion for film by attending the London Film School thereafter. Her first feature film "BENDS" (過界) had its world premiere at Festival de Cannes in the Un Certain Regard Selection in 2013. The film screened at 30 festivals thereafter.
Prior to directing "BENDS", Flora received critical acclaim for her socially conscious short films, "Dry Rain", an examination of the lives of domestic workers and their second class citizen status in Hong Kong, and "Start from Zero", an exploration of the aforementioned city's final decade under British rule. Flora continued to delve into the social issues of her hometown with the short film, "I AM HONG KONG", which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2015.
In addition to her poignant film making, Flora also works alongside companies and brands such as Vogue, Armani, LVMH brand "Fresh" and more, to produce promotional short films.
BENDS, 90 min, 2013
Festival de Cannes, Un Certain Regard
Toronto International Film festival
Busan International Film festival
BFI London International Film Festival
Sao Paolo International Film Festival
Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival
PAINTER • ILLUSTRATOR • DESIGNER
Prodip Leung is a Hong-Kong based painter, illustrator and graphic designer. Best known as the bassist of the controversial Cantonese hip hop group LMF (Lazy Mutha Fucka), Prodip studied graphic design and has combined a career in music with experimental art.
From the 1980s, working across media, Prodip designed underground concert posters, flyers and CD covers, later producing striking visuals for leading international and local brands. His artwork is peopled with tribes of hybrid aliens and draws on traditions of street art, cartoons, and pop subcultures that challenge the boundaries of conventional art-making.
Prodip recently showcased his work at Forward Assembly's SFW exhibition.
2010 / Mad Metal exhibition at Giant Robot (NY)
2010/ Hope & Glory exhibition (HK)
2011 / Tribe of Many Colors - first solo exhibition (HK)
2011/ Amnesty X HK honey exhibition (HK)
2012 / Daydreaming with... the HK edition multi-media exhibition (HK)
2013 / Abstract Dimension solo exhibition (HK)
2014 / Suspects Group exhibition (LA)
FILM DIRECTOR • SCREENWRITER
Karim Moussaoui was awarded the César award for his film Les Jours D'avant, a French film award comparable to the Academy Award. Karim worked on a number of plays and films including Paloma Delight with Nadir Mokneche. In 2006 he made his first short, Ce qu'on doit faire (What We Must Do), based on the short story The Copulating Mermaid of Venice by Charles Bukowski, and then another short film by the name of Breakfast. In 2011, his feature film script for En attendant les hirondelles was selected for the Méditalents writing workshop, where he met Virginie Legeay, with whom he has co-scripted Les Jours d'avant (2013).
2013 Les Jours d'avant
2006 Ce qu'on doit faire
ILLUSTRATOR • WRITER • LYRICIST
Siu hak (小克) graduated from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University’s School of Design with a BA (Hons). He has since worked as a freelancer in illustration, comics, animation, and script writing. Well known for his comedic flair, Siu Hak often implements funny, witty, and occasionally cheeky storylines and narratives in his comics, objects and songwriting. His lighthearted hand has created charming characters such as Panda-a-Panda and Bit Bit, garnering a large following amongst many in Hong Kong and abroad. The well-received product ranges include various merchandise such as toys, stationery, cushions, phone straps and umbrellas.
In 2004, Siu hak established the comic group “Springrolllll” with Craig Au Yeung, Eric So, Ted Yeung, and Chi Hoi. He has published many popular comic books by himself, including Fake forensic Science series, and the popular websites and online shops for his characters. Siu Hak has also collaborated with many fashion brands such as I.T Group, as well as being commissioned to do large commercial sculpture displays of his characters for the Hong Kong public.
Siu hak is also widely known for his songwriting repertoire, writing lyrics for a number of famous Cantonese pop songs, and has collaborated with many influential cantopop performers including Eason Chan, Joey Yung and Louis Cheung.
DIRECTOR • EDITOR • ART DIRECTOR
Riz Law is a video director and editor, who also works in set design and art direction. She was awarded a LIVETUBE music video award for her work on pop singer Fiona Sit's All the Rainy Days, under the「季選MV」組得獎 MV category in 2015. She graduated from the Caritas Bianchi College of Careers studying graphic design, and from 2004-2006, she served as the art director of Hong Kong Commercial Radio’s video unit. Riz also has contributed significantly to television channels Hong Kong Star TV, and Channel V, acting as their commercial designer for the former channel, and the main producer and designer of the latter. It wasn’t until 2008, she proceeded to join a partnership as a graphic designer for Rex Koo’s Design Unit, ReStart Associates, for two years.
Riz often assumes position as the main director, art director and editor for many video projects. She works with numerous clients, and produces work ranging from artist documentaries, brand videos, music videos, and more. Her partners include A Bathing Ape, Ivana Tsang, Ellen Joyce Loo, Fiona Sit, Ken Hung, Endy Chow, Tsang Wing Yan, Mok Yat San, Man Fung-yi, I.T and the Hong Kong Trade development Council, etc.
Riz most recently acted as the Art Director for local Hong Kong TV drama 瑪嘉烈與大衛系列 綠豆.
Paul Lung is an internationally acclaimed, hyperrealistic graphite artist based in Hong Kong. Having gained notoriety online from his impeccable photorealism, Paul's drawings are executed with mechanical pencil and are often easily mistaken to be photographs.
Paul's passion and love for drawing shows through in his sensitive renderings that capture the essence of his subject matter. He is very interconnected with an online community of fellow drawing enthusiasts in forums, and posts regular updates of his work on his Facebook page and Deviant Art.
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR • FILM & VIDEO DIRECTOR
Roydon Chio has acted as assistant director to several famous and well received feature length films in Hong Kong, such as From Vegas to Macau III (賭城風雲3), Daughter (上身), My wife is a superstar (我老婆係明星) and more.
Apart from being an assistant director, he is often found turning his skills and talents to directing numerous short films, music videos for Cantopop stars, fashion films, commercials and corporate videos.
His clients and collaborators include the likes of Lane Crawford, BMA Records, Jones Lang La Salle, Jun Kuung, Endy Chow, HK Cable TV, and more.
Brackmetal (Gerald Leung) is an artist & illustrator born in Hong Kong but raised in Australia. Gerald grew up with a steady diet of comic books, video games and cartoons from both the east and the west.
Through these influences he became fascinated by the concept of man-made universes. Imagined worlds not bound by reality or physics, no rules and infinite possibilities. Places that could be so vast, alive and complex but yet only existing in the creator’s mind.
Through different mediums and styles in his character driven illustrations, Gerald aims to share with the audience an insight to his inner universe.
Gerald recently showcased his work at Forward Assembly's SFW exhibition.
Justin Shoulder is an artist working in performance, sculpture, video and nightlife/community events production. His main body of work the 'Fantastic Creatures' are invented alter-personas based on queered ancestral mythologies. These creatures are embodied through hand crated costumes and prosthesis and animated by their own gestural languages. Shoulder uses his body and craft to forge connections between queer, migrant, spiritual and intercultural experiences. He has performed and exhibited internationally, recent highlights include: The River Eats at the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, the Asia Pacific Triennial at Queensland Art Gallery / Gallery of Modern Art 2015-16, Brisbane, the annual costume ball he co-produces Monsta Gras at the Red Rattler Sydney and SFW by Forward Assembly Hong Kong 2016.
He is currently working on a film new commission for the Asia-Pacific Triennial of Performing arts Melbourne 2017 in collaboration with artist Bhenji Ra and a new experimental theatre work with international premiere in Sydney, October 2017.