Para Site Art Space is proud to announce the launch of two publications:and the exhibition catalogue .
reflects Para Site Art Space’s 12-year history and the environment that affected Para Site through a collection of essays. The editor of the book said, “It reveals the survival tactics of a non-government art space. How does Para Site Art Space deal with crisis and opening up new opportunities? What did a local art organization do when facing local and international challenges? This book is a clue to understand the visual art ecology in Hong Kong and provide reference for the new comers to start their own art spaces.”
, also the member of the Broad Directors said Para Site Art Space has experienced a lot in the past years. It is time to publish this book to reflect and share the experience with others. Para Site Art Space is the first artist run art space supported by the (It is now a curator run art space.) They grasped the chance of the birth of , suggested new thinking to the and were set up. They found the resource from the society to support the development of Hong Kong Contemporary Art and to meet the needs of the Hong Kong art ecology. There is no precedent for this kind of organization under this special circumstance. They are moving steadily forward and exploring new paths at the same time.
How did they talk about their history?believes that neither monotone, linear nor authoritative style is suitable for commenting an open and organic organization like Para Site Art Space. This book has adapted a one- people- one- story style. We are open to different versions and different perspectives. talked about the core value of Para Site Art Space. and I discussed the modification of working direction and shared experiences on managing issues. We also invited authors like to send in reflections on exhibitions that Para Site Art Space has mostly held. Experts from both local and aboard like are invited to analysis the international and local environment that affected Para Site Art Space.
The book is designed bywho has been Para Site Art Space’s “unofficial” designer for the most part of the existence of this art space. The book also includes a guide to the events and exhibitions since 2001, from its exhibition Precipitation, a water, sound and light installation by to Para Site’s participation in Hong Kong-Shenzhen Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture.
is a catalogue for the year-end exhibition curated by the students of . This publication marks the completion of the first edition of this training programme. The catalogue has been designed by . A poster is enclosed in the book. The book is edited by the two participants of the training programme, , as well as . It reflects the exhibition hosted at Osage Foundation earlier this year. The project exists not in a vacuum but within a variety of contexts such as curatorial, artistic, social-political and so forth. It embodies traces of concepts of connection, disharmony, multiple identities etc. Inspired by the different people the participants encountered during the curatorial training program and project research. The English title CHiE! is a word play on Che ( ), the Latin American revolutionary figure, whereas the Chinese title of is a quotation from when he talked about the that he managed. also appeared in the animation film of in which the certain proper Putonghua pronounication for students ended up indistinguished from a common Cantonese expression of dissatifaction.
This event is a participation of Para Site Art Space in.
More materials are available to view on site at Para Site.
The Archive Project is financially supported by the Project Grant of the Hong Kong Arts Development Council.