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A Talk by Benjamin Work, Artist-in-Residence

Dec 8, 2019
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm


Para Site
22/F, Wing Wah Ind. Building, 677 King's Road
Quarry Bay, Hong Kong

Join us for a talk by current Artist-in-Residence, Benjamin Work, where the Auckland-born, Tongan-Scottish artist will introduce us to his artistic practices against the backdrop of our current exhibition, Koloa: Women, Art, and Technology, spotlighting Tongan customary arts known as koloa. At the event, we will also be serving ‘otai, a drink made from watermelon, pineapple, coconut milk, coconut water, and lime juice.

Benjamin Work is an artist currently based in the Kingdom of Tonga. He has a solid grounding in aerosol painting with his initial creative output centred around sub/pop-cultural influences that emerged from North America in the 1970s – 1980s.

Since then, Benjamin’s bold visual language reference design elements and semiotics particular to Tongan weaponry and culture. Primarily a painter, his practice also extends across a diverse range of projects which include large-scale murals, print-based media and photography. Benjamin has exhibited in a number of group and solo exhibitions including: Whenua Fonua ‘Enua, Malcolm Smith Gallery, Auckland; METfriday, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; and For King and Country, Bergman Gallery, Rarotonga, Cook Islands.