Opening - "Rituals of Passage" Exhibition
Tue Feb 08 2022 at 06:30 pm to 08:00 pm
HART Haus | Hong Kong, HK
ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
Rituals of Passage - A Graduation Show of the Plague Year is a mise-en-scène of resilient living. Contemplating on disruption and discomfort during the plague years of 2019-2021 in Hong Kong 6 artists stage their perspectives on self-discovery coping strategies and meaning making.
Rachel Au re-creates her studio in the quarantine camp of Penny's Bay and proudly presents how she reinvented and feasted on notorious ration meals. Chen Yushan invites the audience to a poetic reflection on living alone in a room of memorabilia. Raymond Lok and Joanne Lee build an immersive installation that evokes vertigo of urban navigation and enchantment of new discoveries. Clara Park magnifies the signs of life expressions and veins defaced by virus. Vicki Wong takes a deep dive into what coming of age means beyond birthday cakes one clone at a time. The works of Chen Yushan Raymond Lok and Clara Park are selected from two “Unforeseen Circumstances” open calls organised by the HKU Common Core in 2019-2020 and 2020-2021.
The exhibition serves as a narrative of learning and change. Graduation is taken in a broad sense: who are better students in a graduation show about life in turbulence than us the ordinary people? From what did we evolve or graduate? In this regard the exhibition spotlights amateur artists who met their creative selves these two years each with a deeply personal story to tell. Conceptualised as a finale of the inaugural Curatorship Incubation Programme 2021 by HART and a debut in curatorial practice the form of a graduation show is also relevant and reflexive for the curator.
The French philosopher Blaise Pascal once wrote "All of humanity's problems stem from man's inability to sit quietly in a room alone." Here's to the wonders of living in situ. We're not out of it yet; we're in this together.
Rituals of Passage - A Graduation Show of the Plague Year is curated by Lesley Cheung with kind support from HART HKU Common Core and Locus Creative. This event is part of the Final Project presentation of Curatorship Incubation Programme organised by HART.
Where is it happening?HART Haus, 3/F, Cheung Hing Industrial Building, 12P Smithfield, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, Hong Kong, Hong Kong
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