is pleased to announce , a solo presentation of Hong Kong artist at the from June 7 to November 22, 2009. The exhibition features a series of newly commissioned site-specific works that are conceived and produced for the site and context of . In addition to this, a selection of past works is also presented, bringing together a comprehensive illustration of his oeuvre. The exhibition is curated by , and marks the debut for a solo representation of Hong Kong in Venice.
interest lies in the possibilities of discovering extraordinarily profound and insightful messages encoded within the most unlikely and ordinary places. He draws elements from everyday life and its surroundings in order to rediscover that are often missed or even ignored by most people. In realising his witty and poetic ideas and thoughts through self-reflective and philosophical gestures, goes beyond meditating on the legitimization of his seemingly random acts as contemporary art, to successfully blur the boundaries between the personal and the political. Defying aspects of physicality and spirituality, enables new ways of reinterpreting unwritten codes and complexities that exist within contemporary societies.
Influenced by the politics and identity ofHong Kong as well as the tradition of Performance Art, consists of inserting himself as the subject into the equation, adopting this position to question and explore the notion of individual identities against the new globalised societies and realities that are of extreme relevance to the ongoing modernisation of Asia’s mega cities.
is conceptually divided into four segments – and it includes a mixture of sculpture, photography, documentation of performances and texts from the intriguing yet humorous body of work — an exercise in constructing a humane, sensitive and thoughtful alternative to approaching and experiencing everyday life. endeavours to encapsulate both hopes and losses in his ongoing quest for a better understanding of our, at times, confusing and imperfect world.
A fully illustrated catalogue and the publication, with a detailed conversation between , is published to accompany the exhibition.
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.