Para Site is proud to present ‘Poop Me to the Moon’, a newly commissioned project by IV Chan at Art Basel Hong Kong (21–25 March 2023) at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. The presentation marks Para Site’s long-standing commitment at the fair to support and promote new directions pursued by emerging or underrepresented artists based in Hong Kong.
Through a theatrical presentation curated by Para Site Assistant Curators Kobe Ko and Cusson Cheng, the artist employs the psychoanalytic concept of ‘abjection’ to revisit childhood memories, exploring the boundaries between enjoyment and anxiety through a child’s worldview. In the newly commissioned work, Chan has created an immersive environment inspired by the childhood bunk bed she shared with her younger sister. Playing with the theme of a child’s longing for the mother’s attention and grief in her absence, soft sculptures resembling human waste ooze from the display structure and spill over the booth floor, producing an intimate yet uncanny installation.
Chan’s playful interpretation of desire and abjection runs throughout her anthropomorphic sculptures, installations, poetry, and performances. The artist creates interventions and evokes unexpected bodily experiences inspired by her own personal experiences and memories, while addressing themes connected to body politics, psychoanalysis, folklore, and mythology. By inserting the concept of a ‘problematic body’ into the public sphere, the presentation looks to create discussion and experiences connected to the artist’s long-term interest in alternative understandings and imaginations of the physical body.
During Art Basel Hong Kong, the artist will stage two performances at the Para Site booth at the following times:
Tuesday, 21 March 2023, 3-4 pm
Thursday, 23 March 2023, 3-4 pm
Since Art Basel Hong Kong’s inaugural edition in 2013, Para Site has maintained the tradition of highlighting the work of emerging Hong Kong artists at the annual fair. Alumni of the Para Site booth at Art Basel Hong Kong include To Kai On Benny (2022), Chan Ka Kiu (2019), Law Yuk Mui (2018), Lau Wai and Wong Wing Sang (2017), Andio Lai (2016), Sarah Lai Cheuk Wah (2015), Lee Kai Chung (2014), and Ho Sin Tung (2013).