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Public Programmes for An Opera for Animals

May 19, 2019
May 26, 2019


Antonio Mak Hin-yeung Education Room, Para Site

Ali Cherri: Short film screenings and lecture performance Water Blues

May 19, 3-5pm


From a necropolis in ruin in the United Arab Emirates, and an imminent earth-shattering geological event in Lebanon, to the annual flooding of the ancient Nile valley and the modern infrastructure put in place to control it, artist Ali Cherri explores the relationship between civilisation and landscape in two films and a lecture performance. In building upon the geological landscape, we inevitably also excavate the cultural landscape of those that came before us, for “in every people and every culture… there are stories that go back in time towards the origins”. Ali Cherri is a video and visual artist based in Beirut and Paris.

The Disquiet
2013 | 20 mins | Arabic with English subtitles

The Digger
2015 | 24 mins | Arabic and Pashto with English subtitles


Beyond Freedom: An afternoon session with C&G Artpartment and a Poon Choi dinner with Tang Kwok Hin
May 26, 4pm till late
English and Cantonese

Ancient myths often utilise symbolic language to reveal the complex relationship between human society and the natural world (landscapes, animals, and plants). Together with C&G Artpartment, we will perform, discuss, and re-enact heroic tales, official and unofficial histories, as well as contemporary myths from the consumerist culture to explore the possibility of a “fluid identity” that can traverse throughout time and space in order to live in the present.


Curator guided tours for An Opera for Animals

May 5, 3-4pm

Guided tour led by Claire Shea (Curator of An Opera for Animals) – English

May 11, 3-4pm

Guided tour led by Qu Chang (Para Site Curator) – Mandarin Chinese

May 19, 2-3pm

Guided tour led by Celia Ho (Head of Production of An Opera for Animals) – Cantonese

May 26, 3-4pm

Guided tour led by Cosmin Costinas (Curator of An Opera for Animals) – English

Para Site Art Space is financially supported by the Art Development Matching Grants Scheme of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region

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