Lee Kit

Born 1978 in Hong Kong (China),
lives and works in Taipei (Taiwan)

Lee Kit’s works explore the gap between things and their representation, between the personal and the collective, the private and the public; he seeks to render perceptible emotions that elude any literal description. Lee Kit explores these in-between states through the association of recurring motifs such as fragments of films or pop songs, advertising images of standardised faces, mass consumer goods and names of cosmetics that promise intimacy. He also employs representations of hands because he finds their language to be “very honest” and understandable by all. His work is at odds with the constant search for efficiency and with the aggravated competitiveness that is infiltrating both the economy and human relations. Accordingly, Lee Kit’s “situations” evoke an unproductive attitude that offers an experience of time akin to “wasted” time — in other words, to “a positive form of delinquency or inefficient efficiency — a type of work that doesn’t fit into an economic model.”

Lee Kit, Sketching the Weight of Idleness and Guiltiness (détail), 2019. Courtesy de l’artiste [of the artist]. © Blaise Adilon