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Dan Perjovschi Installation View

February 26, 2011

Image Installation Dan Perjovschi in Hong Kong

Dan Perjovschi in Hong Kong

January 20, 2011

Dan Perjovschi: Hong Kong First

 

Opening:                              (Friday) 28 January 2011; 7pm

Exhibition:                           29 January 17 April 2011

Venue:                                  Para/Site Art Space, G/F, 4 Po Yan Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong

Curator:                                Alvaro Rodriguez Fominaya

Para/Site Art Space is honored to present Dan Perjovschi’s solo exhibition in Hong Kong. It follows a series of artists’ projects organized by Para/Site Art Space that are responsive to the political and economic positions of the city and contextualizes this discourse regionally and globally.

Dan Perjovschi is well known for having brought the narrative of political cartoons into the realm of the museum through site specific wall drawing installations. These installations deal with the idea of the everyday and are a comment on the economic and political condition of the XXI century. The artist has translated a medium more usual of the small size format into large scale and monumental wall drawings that engage in the architecture of the location, pushing the meaning and limits of the exhibition space. Audiences follow this narrative whilst experiencing the architecture of the art space. These site specific projects are conceived by Dan Perjovschi as an ongoing series in progress that connect the different art galleries that host his exhibitions.

Intelligent humor is part of his critique which hits at the core values of the society that he is looking at and creates a starting point for social debate. Hong Kong provides a new urban background for his research as the territory epitomizes many of the issues addressed in Dan Perjovschi’s drawings, including the ideas and deconstruction of capitalism, consumption and hyper-density.

Dan Perjovschi born 1961 in Sibiu Romania lives and works in Bucharest.

His recent solo exhibitions include Late News at ROM Toronto and Drawing Institute at San Francisco Art Institute in 2010, Recession at Ludwig Museum Aachen in 2008, What Happen to US? at MoMA New York  and I am not Exotic I am Exhausted at Kunsthalle Basel in 2007, The Room Drawing at Tate Modern London, and On the Other Hand at Portikus Frankfurt in 2006 and Naked Drawings at Ludwig Museum Cologne in 2005.

He participates at group shows like Lyon Biennial in 2009, the Sydney Biennial and Fifth Floor at Tate Liverpool in 2008, The Magelanic Cloud at Centre Georges Pompidou Paris and the 52nd Venice Biennial in 2007, New Europe at Generali Foundation Vienna and the 9th Istanbul Biennial in 2005.

His first retrospective exhibition States of Mind was held at Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University in 2007.

Perjovschi received George Maciunas Prize in 2004.

About Para/ Site

Para/Site Art Space is a contemporary art space located in Hong Kong Island and founded in 1996. We host an ambitious programme of exhibitions, screenings, talks and events that bring into Hong Kong some of the leading practitioners in the international arena, encourage the visibility of artists from Hong Kong, and facilitate East-West dialogue. We have a satellite venue located at Hanart TZ Gallery which showcases a younger generation of artists.

Para/Site Art Space has organized the official representation of Hong Kong in Venice Biennial in years 2003 and 2009, has also participated in Gwangju Biennial, Guangzhou Triennial, among others. Para/Site Art Space exhibitions and programmes have travelled to Germany, Thailand, Korea, Taiwan, United Kingdom, Singapore and Australia.

Para/Site Art Space is run by an Executive Director/Curator, a Manager, a Programme Coordinator and an Education and Development Officer and governed by a board of directors. Para/Site is supported by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council as well as vital contributions from patrons and Founding Friends of Para/Site.

For media contact, please contact:

Jenny Lam

Email: jenny@para-site.org.hk

Tel: +852 2517 4620

 

RECORDED WAVES. MOVING IMAGES FROM INDONESIA

November 17, 2010

 

Recorded Waves: Moving Images from Indonesia 

 

Opening:                  (Friday) 19 November, 2010; 7pm

Exhibition:               20 November, 2010 – 16 January, 2011

Venue:                       Para/Site Art Space, G/F, 4 Po Yan Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong 

Curator:                    Katerina Valdivia Bruch

Artists:                      Muhammad  Akbar, Tiong Ang, Nala Atmowiloto, Wimo Ambala Bayang, Ari Satria Darma, Henry Foundation, Krisna Murti, Eko Nugroho, Anggun Priambodo, Wok The Rock, Prilla Tania, Tintin Wulia

The Bubbles, Video, 2002, Krisna Murti

 

 

Para/Site Art Space is honoured to present Recorded Waves: Moving Images from Indonesia.

The use of video for artistic purposes in Indonesia dates back to the late 1980s, when pioneers Krisna Murti, Teguh Ostentrik and Heri Dono, began to experiment with video in order to expand the scope of their artistic creations. However, the influence of video in contemporary art in Indonesia is not the result of innovations within the artistic field; rather it is a critical positioning towards the entertainment industry and, above all, a critique of television.

During Suharto’s dictatorship from 1967 to 1998, the government television channel Televisi Republik Indonesia was manipulated and controlled for propaganda purposes. However, with the growing market in Indonesia in the late 80s and early 90s, the entertainment industry grew and new television channels appeared. Video rental stores and video readers for private use also began to proliferate. Thus, home cinema emerged as an alternative to the unilateral view presented by the government.

In the late 1990s, and particularly during the fall of Suharto in 1998, video played an important role as an instrument of denunciation against unacceptable social and political events. These videos showed messages that went beyond what was presented and accepted by the government, and documented the reality that the government was hiding from its people. In Indonesia, both in politics and in art, video has been used as a means of documentation and as a means of creating images that respond to specific social and political contexts.
Since 2003, the artists’ initiative ruangrupa has been organising the ‘OK. Video – Jakarta International Video Festival’, which takes place biannually in the capital. One of the aims of the festival is to raise awareness of video in a creative sense and to introduce the medium to mainstream audiences. The festival is thematic and, since its first edition, has been internationally conceived. It also gives particular emphasis to the content rather than technical experimentations of the medium – echoing the origins of Indonesian video art. The social and political context of the work is important for the selection of videos featured in the festival.

The exhibition Recorded Waves: Moving Images from Indonesia includes highlights of this festival, as well as ground-breaking positions of video art from Indonesia with works by pioneer video artist Krisna Murti, as well as emerging and established artists Tiong Ang, Muhammad Akbar, Henry Foundation, Nala Atmowiloto, Wimo Ambala Bayang, Ari Satria Darma, Eko Nugroho, Anggun Priambodo, Prilla Tania, Wok The Rock and Tintin Wulia.

Curator’s research supported by Goethe Institute (grant for curators) and ruangrupa.

About Para/ Site

Para/Site Art Space is a contemporary art space located in Hong Kong Island and founded in 1996. We host an ambitious programme of exhibitions, screenings, talks and events that bring into Hong Kong some of the leading practitioners in the international arena, encourage the visibility of artists from Hong Kong, and facilitate East-West dialogue. We have a satellite venue located at Hanart TZ Gallery which showcases a younger generation of artists.

Para/Site Art Space has organized the official representation of Hong Kong in Venice Biennial in years 2003 and 2009, has also participated in Gwangju Biennial, Guangzhou Triennial, among others. Para/Site Art Space exhibitions and programmes have traveled to Germany, Thailand, Korea, Taiwan, United Kingdom, Singapore and Australia.

Para/Site Art Space is run by a Executive Director/Curator, a Manager, a Programme Coordinator and an Education and Development Officer and governed by a board of directors. Para/Site is supported by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council as well as vital contributions from patrons and Founding Friends of Para/Site.

For media contact, please contact:

Dominique Chiu

Email: dominique@para-site.org.hk

Tel: +852 2517 4620

JOMPET. THIRD REALM

November 17, 2010

Jompet .Third Realm

 

Opening:      (Friday) 19 November 2010; 7pm

Exhibition:   20 November 2010 – 16 Janruary 2011

Curator:        Alvaro Rodriguez Fominaya

Venue:          Gallery A, Para/Site Art Space, G/F, 4 Po Yan Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong

Para/Site Art Space is honoured to present Jompet. Third Realm, a new project developed by Jompet Kuswidananto in collaboration with theatre director Yudi Ahmad Tajudin. The history of Indonesian culture, as part of the Third World and former colonized countries, can be read as narratives of a nation that is perpetually in an “in-between” situation or state of transition. From pre-colonial to colonial periods, colonial to post-colonial, agrarian culture to industrial one, from industrial to post-industrial, from rural culture and cosmology to the urban ones.

The history of Indonesian culture is an “in-between” cultural history. A culture that is located between two cultural spaces: between the traditional and the modern, the original and the alien, the inside and the outside, the high brow and the low brow. It never (again?) stays and grows inside one cultural space that is specific and sharply different from another specific culture. It builds on a mix (and excess) of cultures. Its “body” is constituted by many different cultural layers.

As a cultural entity Indonesia is never singular, but the in-betweeness and the transitional conditions have become the overarching and constructing frame covering all the (sub)cultures within.

The exhibition revolves around a physical roof that transforms the gallery space into an installation that includes video, sculpture and performance. Jompet Kuswidananto and  Yudi Ahmad Tajudin explain that “the “space” under the roof is constructed by a constantly shifting and changing milieu of ideas, events, performances and meanings. The space of “in-between”, where issues about origins, influences and identity could be discussed simultaneously without privileging one over the other. In Java’s case: where one can be a Muslim (or any other religion) and a Javanese at the same time; local and global; modern and traditional. Where one is something in-between different things.”

A performance will be conducted on the opening night, 19th November at 7 pm

In conjunction to this exhibition Para/Site Art Space presents Recorded Waves: Moving Images from Indonesia, a videoprogramme curated by Katerina Valdivia Bruch including 12 artists from this country.

About Jompet Kuswidananto

Jompet Kuswidananto was born in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, in 1976. He trained as a musician, but practices in the Contemporary Art field, and has a strong interest in theater. He has exhibited in  “Modernization & Urbanization” at Marronnier Art Center, Seoul (2003); 3rd Fukuoka Art Triennale (2005), Equatorial Rhythms at Stenersenmuseet, Oslo (2007); Yokohama Triennale (2008); Jakarta Biennale XIII (2009); 10e Biennale de Lyon (2009), Kuandu Biennial (2010) and “The Tradition of the New” at Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai (2010). He has had solo shows at Osage Gallery (2009, 2010) and Cemeti Art House, Yogyakarta (2008).

About Yudi Ahmad Tajudin

Yudi Ahmad Tajudin was born in 1972 in the town Tanjung Priok, Indonesia. He is a theatre director and founder of Teater Garasi. He lives and works in Yogyakarta.

About Para/ Site

Para/Site Art Space is a contemporary art space located in Hong Kong Island and founded in 1996. We host an ambitious programme of exhibitions, screenings, talks and events that bring into Hong Kong some of the leading practitioners in the international arena, encourage the visibility of artists from Hong Kong, and facilitate East-West dialogue. We have a satellite venue located at Hanart TZ Gallery which showcases a younger generation of artists.

Para/Site Art Space has organized the official representation of Hong Kong in Venice Biennial in years 2003 and 2009, has also participated in Gwangju Biennial, Guangzhou Triennial, among others. Para/Site Art Space exhibitions and programmes have traveled to Germany, Thailand, Korea, Taiwan, United Kingdom, Singapore and Australia.

Para/Site Art Space is run by a Executive Director/Curator, a Manager, a Programme Coordinator and an Education and Development Officer and governed by a board of directors. Para/Site is supported by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council as well as vital contributions from patrons and Founding Friends of Para/Site.

For media contact, please contact:

Dominique Chiu

Email: dominique@para-site.org.hk

Tel: +852 2517 4620

Para/Site Art Space Fundraising Auction 10

October 29, 2010

Para/Site Fundraising Auction 10 Preview Dates: 5 November, 7pm – 9pm 6 November – 7 November, 12pm-7pm 8 November, 12pm – 3pm Preview Venue: Para/Site Art Space, G/F, 4 Po Yan Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong Auction Date: Tuesday, 9 November from 6:30pm Auction starts at 7:30pm Auction Venue: Kee Club, 6/F, 32 Wellington Street, Central Artists: Nadim ABBAS, AI Weiwei, CHENG Tsai Tung, Almond CHU, GUAN Wei, HUANG Xiaopeng, JOO Choon Lin, Rem KOOLHAAS, Surasi KUSOLWONG, Charles LaBelle, Linda C.H.LAI, LAM Hoi Sin, LAM Tung Pang, Michael LEE, Dinu LI, William LIM, Lenelenejo, Olaf MUELLER, The Propeller Group, Wei Leng TAY, Rirkrit TIRAVANIJA + Nico DOCKX, WAN Qingli, WONG Wing-fat Morgan, Adrian WONG, Tintin WULIA, XIN Hai Zhou, ZHANG Dali, ZHUANG Hui Zhang Dali, AK-47 (V.7), Acrylic on Canvas, H 102cm x W82cm, Courtesy of the artist, Estimate: HKD170,000 – 250,000 Para/Site Art Space is honoured to present its Annual Fundraising Auction, an exciting event that makes a great opportunity to purchase works of art by, both emerging and established artists. The auction contains 28 lots, and comes as a celebration of a year that has seen Para/Site Art Space collaborating with institutions of the calibre of Tate Modern and Kunsthalle Wien, and has brought international visibility to Hong Kong artists through five international projects in 2010. In addition to this, Para/Site Art Space in 2010 has brought into Hong Kong artists like Ai Weiwei, Vito Acconci and Rirkrit Tiravanija. Para/Site Art Space’s Executive Director, Alvaro Rodriguez Fominaya, has stated, “This is a great chance to be part of Hong Kong’s growing international art scene and support an organization which has a long history in the city”. This year’s highlights include sought-after works like “Swatter”, a brass gilded limited edition by Ai Weiwei (est. 25,000 – 40,000 HKD), Rem Koolhaas’ unique photograph “Lagos” (est. 40,000 – 60,000 HKD), which depicts the slums of the Nigerian capital city. Also some of the artists from the first wave of Chinese Avant-garde are present through Zhang Dali’s “AK 47 (v.7)” (170,000 HKD – 250,000 HKD) and Zhuang Hui’s four-meter long group portrait photograph “Luoyang Wulonggou Primary School Students and Staff, March 19,1997” (est. 120,000 – 180,000 HKD). There are works for all pockets, with some lots like Surasi Kusolwong’s medium sized photograph starting as little as 10,000 HKD. Artists represented in the auction include a good selection of Hong Kong’s art scene, with Adrian Wong, Nadim Abbas, Lam Hoi Sin and Lam Tung Pang, among others. Southeast Asia is represented through The Propeller Group and Tintin Wulia from Vietnam and Indonesia respectively. The selection of artists in the auction reflects on the programming of Para/Site Art Space, with a mix of established and up-and-coming artists, both from Hong Kong and abroad, with a regional focus in China, East and Southeast Asia. The auction includes works of art by 28 artists in a range of media that goes from video-installation and photography to drawing and painting. All proceedings of the works donated by the artists and galleries will go to support Para/Site Art Space, Hong Kong’s most international not-for-profit art space. To attend auction, please contact Ms. Chan 25174620/ auction@para-site.org.hk Full auction catalogue is available at http://www.para-site.org.hk/auction10.pdf Website: http://www.para-site.org.hk For media contact, please contact: Dominique Chiu Email: dominique@para-site.org.hk Tel: +852 2517 4620 Supporters: Hanart TZ Gallery Ooi Botos Gallery Schoeni Art Gallery Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation The Cat Street Gallery Gallery VER

Who Cares? 16 Essays on Curating in Asia. International Launch

October 13, 2010

International Book Launch

International Book Launch:        Who Cares? 16 Essays On Curating In Asia

Editors:                                             Alvaro Rodriguez Fominaya and Michael Lee

Contributors:                                 Alvaro Rodríguez Fominaya, Michael Lee, Yeung Yang, Cao Weijun, Cédric Maridet, Erin Gleeson, Lee Weng Choy, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Hu Fang, Hu Yuanxing, Hou Hanru and Carolee Thea, Jens Hoffmann, Russell Storer, Richard Streitmatter-Tran, Magnus Renfrew, Norman Ford, June Yap, Philip Yenawine, Héctor Rodríguez, Valerie C. Doran

Publishers:                                      Para/Site Art Space, Studio Bibliothèque and seed | projects

Launch Platforms and Dates:     Sunday 24 October, 2010, 4pm. OV Gallery (Shanghai)– Arthub Asia. Shanghai;

Friday 5 November, 2010, 7pm. Taipei Contemporary Art Center. Taipei

 

Para/Site Art Space is pleased to announce the international book launch of Who Cares? 16 Essays on Curating in Asia. For these events the Hong Kong based organisation has teamed up with Arthub – OV Gallery (Shanghai), Taipei Contemporary Art Center (Taipei) and Sotheby’s Institute of Art (Singapore) as launch platforms in Asia.

Who Cares? is an anthology that compiles 16 essays on curating art in and of Asia. One of the themes addresses the politics of care, commonly understood as the basic role of curators, with regards to art and artists, across time and contexts. Another theme revolves around markers of success in the realm of contemporary curating. A third recurring theme deals with curating in the globalised art world of advanced travel and communication technologies. A fourth theme reconsiders the audience as active producers in a curated experience. Through a variety of perspectives and literary styles, these texts constitute primary notes towards ‘curatorial criticism,’ a subfield of art criticism that identifies the new in curating today.

About the Editors

Alvaro RODRIGUEZ FOMINAYA is Executive Director/Curator at Para/Site Art Space (Hong Kong). He has developed his professional career in Hong Kong, London and Spain. He was Chief Curator at Centro Atlantico de Arte Moderno (CAAM) in Spain, where he curated exhibitions like Scrabble: Video, Language and Abstraction; Weather Report: Climate Change and Visual Arts, and Viva la Muerte! Art and Death in Latin America or Catherine Yass. Filmography. At Para/Site Art Space, he has organized projects with Shahzia Sikander, Surasi Kusolwong, Tatsumi Orimoto, Ai Weiwei+Acconci Studio, Tsang Kin-Wah and the Gao Brothers, among others. He is a frequent lecturer and writer on contemporary art.

Michael LEE is an artist and curator based in Singapore. His research addresses representations of the built environment, especially the contexts and implications of its lost elements. His observations are mainly transformed into objects, diagrams, situations, curations or essays. His exhibition/festival participations include The 8th Shanghai Biennale 2010 (Shanghai Art Museum), The 3rd Guangzhou Triennial 2008 (Independent Projects section; Guangdong Museum of Art), The 2005 World Exposition (Singapore Pavilion; Nagoya) and International Film & Video Association Film Award & Festival 1997 (Winner, Experimental Category; Texas). His curatorial projects include Between, Beside, Beyond: Daniel Libeskind’s Reflections and Key Works 1989-2014 (Singapore Art Museum, 2007). His accolades include the Young Artist Award (Visual Arts) 2005, conferred by the National Arts Council, Singapore. 

About the Publishers

Para/Site Art Space

Para/Site Art Space is a contemporary art space located in Hong Kong Island and founded in 1996. We host an ambitious programme of exhibitions, screenings, talks and events that bring into Hong Kong some of the leading practitioners in the international arena, encourage the visibility of artists from Hong Kong, and facilitate East-West dialogue. We have a satellite venue located at Hanart TZ Gallery which showcases a younger generation of artists.

Para/Site Art Space has organized the official representation of Hong Kong in Venice Biennial in years 2003 and 2009, has also participated in Gwangju Biennial, Guangzhou Triennial, among others. Para/Site Art Space exhibitions and programmes have traveled to Germany, Thailand, Korea, Taiwan, United Kingdom, Singapore and Australia.

Para/Site Art Space is run by a Executive Director/Curator, a Manager, a Programme Coordinator and an Education and Development Officer and governed by a board of directors. Para/Site is supported by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council as well as vital contributions from patrons and Founding Friends of Para/Site.

Studio Bibliothèque

Studio Bibliothèque facilitates experiments in making, writing, curating and publishing. The studio has an ongoing project series Things Artists Do, which addresses the gap amidst the onslaught of survey, thematic art projects by focusing on the being, consumption and activities of artists. 

seed | projects
seed | projects is the resource and project management branch of seed, the thinking and working space of Singapore-based artist Brendan Goh, created to incubate creative processes between art and design. seed is about sowing ideas wherever they might sprout, catalysing their germination into better things, and welcomes collaborations between like-minded individuals and groups working in any discipline.

Launch Platforms

About ArtHub Asia

Founded in 2007, ArtHub Asia (link to www.arthubasia.org) is a
multi-disciplinary organization devoted to contemporary art creation
in China and rest of Asia. In collaboration with museums and other
public / private spaces and institutions, it initiates and delivers
ambitious art projects through a sustained dialogue with visual,
performance, and new media artists. Directors: Davide Quadrio, Defne
Ayas, Qiu Zhijie. ArtHub Asia is a Network Partner of the Prince Claus
Fund 2008-2010.

About OV Gallery

Established in 2006, OV offers a diverse program of thematic exhibitions which target issues in contemporary China often using history as a point of reference and analysis. OV works with a broad spectrum of emerging contemporary Chinese artists and foreign aritists living in Shanghai along with more established contemporary Chinese and foreign artists. We take great pride in creating a real dialogue and supplement our exhibition program with curatorial tours, art workshops and talks artist and experts in Chinese contemporary art.

About Taipei Contemporary Art Center (TCAC)

Founded by a group of artists, curators, scholars and cultural activists, the mission of the Taipei Contemporary Art Center (TCAC) has been to provide a platform for public discourse where diverse voices can be heard in discussions about aesthetics and art production, and the issues related to the formation of a public culture — including cultural policies, museums, artistic organizations; as well as issues such as the relationship between art and the community, public spaces, the city, or social movements.

For media contact, please contact:

Dominique Chiu

Email: dominique@para-site.org.hk

Tel: +852 2517 4620

MULTIPLE BOOK LAUNCH AT PARA/SITE

October 13, 2010
Multiple Book Launch

 

Books:          This Is Hong Kong: 15 Video Artists  (ed. Alvaro Rodriguez Fominaya and Nadim Abbas),

Who Cares? 16 Essays On Curating In Asia (ed. Alvaro Rodriguez Fominaya and Michael Lee),

Fugue In The Key Of Understanding (ed. Michelle Lee, Wong Wing Fung, Alvis Choi) and

FAX: The Hong Kong Works (ed. Alvaro Rodriguez Fominaya)

Date:              (Friday) 15 October, 2010; 6pm – 8pm

Venue:          Para/Site Art Space, G/F, 4 Po Yan Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong

 

                       

Para/Site Art Space is pleased to announce the multiple book launch of four publications: This Is Hong Kong: 15 Video Artists, Who Cares? 16 Essays On Curating In Asia, Fugue In The Key Of Understanding and FAX: The Hong Kong Works. The launch of these publications is part of Para/Site Art Space’s mission to contribute to the development of a critical voice within the Hong Kong and global art scene.

Who Cares? is an anthology that compiles 16 essays on curating art in and of Asia. One of the themes addresses the politics of care, commonly understood as the basic role of curators, with regards to art and artists, across time and contexts. Another theme revolves around markers of success in the realm of contemporary curating. A third recurring theme deals with curating in the globalised art world of advanced travel and communication technologies. A fourth theme reconsiders the audience as active producers in a curated experience. Through a variety of perspectives and literary styles, these texts constitute primary notes towards ‘curatorial criticism,’ a subfield of art criticism that identifies the new in curating today. The book includes essays by Hu Fang, Norman Ford, Hou Hanru and Michael Lee, among others, and is designed by seed  projects. This project is co-published by Para/Site Art Space, Studio Bibliotèque and seed | projects.

The publication of This Is Hong Kong follows the international tour of the video exhibition organized by Para/Site Art Space. The book features essays by Alvaro Rodriguez Fominaya, Venus Lau and Robin Peckham. It includes descriptions of videoart works by 15 artists from Hong Kong, with Leung Chi Wo, Adrian Wong or Leung Mee Ping among them. The catalogue is designed by Nadim Abbas.

Fugue In The Key Of Understanding is the publication following the exhibition of Para/Site Art Space – Hong Kong Jockey Club Curatorial Training Programme. Editors are students of the programme— Michelle Lee, Wong Wing Fung, Alvis Choi. The catalogue includes essays by the curators and Valerie C. Doran, as well as descriptions on works by Jun Nguyen-Hatsushiba, Mari Velonaki, Matt Dabrowski and The Many Hands Of Glamour, among others.

FAX: The Hong Kong Works is an appendix catalogue to FAX. The publication is produced for the traveling exhibition co-organized by The Drawing Center, New York, and iCI (Independent Curators International), New York, curated by João Ribas, and circulated by iCI. For the Hong Kong leg of the exhibition, curator Álvaro Rodríguez Fominaya invited 18 new contributors to conceive of the fax machine as a tool for thinking and drawing. This book is a document of these fresh perspectives to the project.

About Para/ Site

Para/Site Art Space is a contemporary art space located in Hong Kong Island and founded in 1996. We host an ambitious programme of exhibitions, screenings, talks and events that bring into Hong Kong some of the leading practitioners in the international arena, encourage the visibility of artists from Hong Kong, and facilitate East-West dialogue. We have a satellite venue located at Hanart TZ Gallery which showcases a younger generation of artists.

Para/Site Art Space has organized the official representation of Hong Kong in Venice Biennial in years 2003 and 2009, has also participated in Gwangju Biennial, Guangzhou Triennial, among others. Para/Site Art Space exhibitions and programmes have traveled to Germany, Thailand, Korea, Taiwan, United Kingdom, Singapore and Australia.

Para/Site Art Space is run by a Executive Director/Curator, a Manager, a Programme Coordinator and an Education and Development Officer and governed by a board of directors. Para/Site is supported by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council as well as vital contributions from patrons and Founding Friends of Para/Site.

For media contact, please contact:

Dominique Chiu

Email: dominique@para-site.org.hk

Tel: +852 2517 4620

 

 

 

 

SHARP/CLEAR/DEEP CURATED BY RIRKRIT TIRAVANIJA AT PARA/SITE

September 9, 2010

SHARP/ CLEAR/ DEEP

Opening: (Friday) 17 September 2010; 7pm
Exhibition: 18 September ‒ 24 October 2010
Venue: Para/Site Art Space, G/F, 4 Po Yan Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
Organizers: Gallery VER and Para/Site Art Space
Curator: Rirkrit Tiravanija
Bangkok Coordinator: Narawan Pathomvat
Participating Artists: Charit Supaset, Disorn Duangdao, Worathep Akkabootara, Montien Boonma, and Rirkrit Tiravanija + Nico Dockx

Para/Site Art Space is honored to present SHARP/CLEAR/DEEP curated by Thai artist Rirkrit Tiravanija. The exhibition showcases a group of contemporary artists from Thailand, and is part of an exchange programme between Gallery VER in Bangkok and Para/Site Art Space in Hong Kong.

In the current crisis of identity, Thai society is going through the double-edged confrontation between the established institution of bureaucratic urbanism and the grassroots ruralism of peripheral under class. Democracy becomes the victim of political tug of war, whereby every side of the conflict hides behind a pretense of the search for freedom of expression and self-relevance within the society.

Sharp as a knife’s edge is the communal sense in which a shared interest becomes a focal point where obsession of a tool brings people for exchange and trade.

Clear is the voice of the people’s demand that they be heard and acknowledge, that change is knocking its boots against the wall.

Deep are the grooves of history etched into the memory of the minds of the people, where the future is dawn and the past cannot be erased.

About the Curator
Rirkrit Tiravanija (b. 1961) is among the world’s most influential contemporary artists. His solo exhibitions include Rirkrit Tiravanija: A Retrospective (Kunsthalle Bielefeld, Bielefeld, Germany, 2010); Less Oil More Courage (Kunsthalle Fridericianum, Kassel, Germany, 2009); A Retrospective (tomorrow is another fine day) (Serpentine Gallery, London; Musée d Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris; Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, 2004-5); Hugo Boss Prize (Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, 2004); and the 48th Venice Biennale (Venice, 1999).

About the Artists
Charit Supaset (b.1976), Disorn Duangdao (b.1973), Worathep Akkabootara (b.1976) are members of an artist collective, As Yet Unnamed. The collective has been included in Imagine Peace (Bangkok Art and Culture Center, Bangkok, 2010); The Revolution Will Not Be Televised (Taipei Artist Village International Residency Program, 2010); As Yet Unnamed First Station (About Studio/About Café, 2008). Each artist’s work diverse widely, while Supaset works with knife-making and drawing, Duangdao prefers conceptual installation, and Akkabootara oftens fills his conceptual works with texts and symbolism.

Montien Boonma (1953-2000) was one of the most pioneering Thai artists who used local materials to create art works that explored Thai identity. His works include sound and odor to stimulate all human senses. He was the first Thai artist selected by the Biennale of Sydney in 1990. Several of his works are displayed in leading museums and galleries, including the Art Gallery of New South Wales in Australia and Fukuoka Asian Art Museum in Japan.

About Gallery VER
Gallery VER began with the establishment of Namdee publishing station in Bangkok in 2000 by Rirkrit Tiravanija. In 2004, the project was renamed PLAN.b publishing, production and design limited partnership. Established in 2006, the gallery initially aims to act as a platform for launching innovative ideas in such forms as artist’s books, textbooks, magazines, music, film, video, posters, graphics and design.
Gallery VER is interested in ideas and objects, which can be published and/or multiplied and disseminated into the cultural stream. In the curatorial form of exhibitions, projects, one-off activities and events, institutional exchanges, the gallery seeks to initiate new strands of programming under the best possible circumstances and processes.
The gallery also provides chances for artists, designers and other creatives abroad to realize and produce work in Thailand. In this capacity, Gallery VER have been working with such artists as Tobias Rehberger, Olafur Aliasson, Philippe Parreno, Superflex and many others.

About Para/ Site
Para/Site Art Space is a contemporary art space located in Hong Kong Island and founded in 1996. We host an ambitious programme of exhibitions, screenings, talks and events that bring into Hong Kong some of the leading practitioners in the international arena, encourage the visibility of artists from Hong Kong, and facilitate East-West dialogue. We have a satellite venue located at Hanart TZ Gallery which showcases a younger generation of artists.

Para/Site Art Space has organized the official representation of Hong Kong in Venice Biennial in years 2003 and 2009, has also participated in Gwangju Biennial, Guangzhou Triennial, among others. Para/Site Art Space exhibitions and programmes have traveled to Germany, Thailand, Korea, Taiwan, United Kingdom, Singapore and Australia.

Para/Site Art Space is run by a Executive Director/Curator, a Manager, a Programme Coordinator and an Education and Development Officer and governed by a board of directors. Para/Site is supported by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council as well as vital contributions from patrons and Founding Friends of Para/Site.

For media contact, please contact:
Dominique Chiu
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