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Interdisciplinary as an Art Practice. Intertwining Public Space and Garbage: An Artists Talk with TRES

Jul 6, 2016
6:30 pm

Organised by the WMA Program and hosted in Para Site’s Education Room, this event includes a talk with Mexican artist collective TRES, winner of the 2014/15 WMA Commission. TRES will make their debut in Hong Kong with a mixed-media exhibition titled Ubiquitous Trash – Hong Kong Edition, which explores the implications between public space and trash.

For this talk, the artists will focus on how the production of most contemporary art is based on complex methodologies. For TRES, collective work, dialogue, displacement, and translation are key elements in building an art project. To contextualise how each of these strategies are used, the artists will discuss the artworks they have produced during the last seven years, where the main concern has been garbage in a material and conceptual sense.

About the artists

TRES (Ilana Boltvinik + Rodrigo Viñas, Mexico City) is an art research collective that has focused on exploring the implications of public space and garbage through artistic practices that concentrate on the methodological intertwining and dialogue with science, anthropology, and archaeology among other disciplines. They were awarded the Robert Gardner Fellowship for Photography of the Peabody Museum at Harvard University. Their works have been presented in Abandon Normal Devices Festival 2015 (UK), Metropolis Biennale 2009 (Denmark), the public art section of the XV Festival of Mexico City FMCH (Mexico City), in the Amsterdam Global City #2: Mexico, WCA World Cinema (Netherlands), ViBGYOR International Film Festival (India), Festival Transitio MX_05 Bio mediations, and Cultural Center of Spain (Mexico City) among others. Individually, their works have been shown in over 20 screenings and art exhibitions in Latin America and Europe.


About the exhibition

Ubiquitous Trash – Hong Kong Edition

Jul 2 – Jul 11, 2016

On view at: Connecting Space, G/F Wah Kin Mansion, 18-20 Fort Street, North Point

Opening Hours: Mon – Fri, 12 – 7pm; Daily

About WMA Commission

The WMA Commission invites entries for proposals annually from artists and photographers from both Hong Kong and the international community, to create new photo-based work in Hong Kong, focusing on the social theme. A four-member Selection Panel will choose the WMA Commission recipient, who will be awarded a HKD$250,000 grant which will contribute towards production of the successful proposal and a public event featuring the completed work. The call for proposals is open to all local and international applicants. The WMA Commission is a part of the WMA Program.

The WMA Program is multi-dimensional and includes WMA Masters [wyngmastersaward.hk], WMA Commission, WMA Open, [photocontest.hk], a series of talk-programmes and student engagement projects. The WMA program is a non-profit series of events and programs that were developed to generate awareness and engage the public on socially-relevant issues of great importance to Hong Kong.

Previous themes have included Poverty, Air, Waste, Identity and the upcoming cycle for 2016/17 will be Mobility.

For more information, please visit wma.hk.