Scotty So (HK/AU)

Hai Kot Tou

23 February - 05 May
Scotty So_FENLI

Image: Scotty So, Fenli, 2021. Courtesy MARS Gallery and the artist.

Embracing the high and low of camp.


23 February - 05 May




Art Gallery of Ballarat [i]
40 Lydiard St North, Ballarat
Daily, 10am - 5pm


Social Futures


Wheelchair access



Driven by the thrill of camp, So’s work explores the often-contradictory relationship between humour and sincerity within lived experience, offering a glimpse of a future society that embraces difference.

At the heart of So’s show is a new video work, in which So pays tribute to the Begonia Queens, a fixture of Ballarat’s Begonia Festival from 1953 to 1993. And in the Australian premiere of his Hai Kot Tou series, So is photographed posing in counterfeit high-fashion brands, echoing the head-to-toe monogram trend of the new money in Asia.

Curated by Julie McLaren

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  • Julie McLaren


Founding Partners
  • Bowness Family Foundation
  • Naomi Milgrom Foundation
Major Government Partners
  • City of Melbourne Arts Grants Program
  • Creative Victoria
Major Partners
  • Maddocks

PHOTO Australia respectfully acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands upon which we work and live, and the rich and diverse Indigenous cultures across what is now called Australia. For over 60,000 years, Indigenous arts and culture have thrived on this sacred land, and we honour Elders and cultural leaders past and present. This was, and always will be, Aboriginal land.

01–24 March