Karin Weber Gallery is excited to announce ‘Now Showing,’ a group show by eleven Hong Kong artists. Cinema, the seventh art form as defined by early 20th century Italian film theoretician Ricciotto Canudo, is becoming increasingly relevant with the expanding role of digital media in our lives. Films entertain, comfort inspire, steer us towards new possibilities and reveal the aspirations of a generation. They may poignantly capture pain and sorrow, reflect bitter realities and sheer hopelessness, whilst at other times letting us escape into fantasy worlds and lighthearted, happy times. The nature of the medium and advancements in technology furnish films with the magic of make believe, creating realities that unfold in front of our very eyes.
The eleven local Hong Kong artists participating in ’Now Showing’ have all selected a film they consider the most memorable or meaningful to them, to use as inspiration for a bespoke work of art. Not surprisingly, the film genres covered are extensive, and relate to the artists’ own upbringing, their life experiences and the significant changes that Hong Kong has undergone in recent years. To the surprise of many of the artists, their films have frequently captured the essence of certain life moments and, in some cases, even predict their outcomes — for example, some of the Hong Kong movies made in the 1980s such as Long Arm Of the Law (1984) highlight the culture clash between Cantonese speakers in Hong Kong and Mandarin speakers in mainland China.
Two talks have been scheduled to support this exhibition with speakers who are participating artists and professionals in the local film industry. Artists will discuss their personal experience of engaging with films whilst the professionals will discuss their work as a director, screenwriter and costume designer.
About the Artists
Chan Wai Lap (HK, b.1988) received his BA in Visual Communication from Birmingham City University, UK. He was winner of Young Artist (Visual Arts) of the Hong Kong Arts Development Awards 2019. He was artists-in-residence at Halka Sanat Projesi in Turkey and Tai Kwun in Hong Kong in 2019 and 2020 respectively.
Cherie Cheuk (HK, b.1989) received her BA and MFA from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. She was awarded the Prof. Johnson Chow Su Sing Chinese Painting & Calligraphy Award, the Hong Kong Chinese Meticulous Painting Association Creative Award and the Madam Jan Yun-bor Memorial Awards for Chinese Painting and Calligraphy. Her works are in the Yi Qin Zhai Collection in Hong Kong and other private collections in Hong Kong and Taiwan.
Bouie Choi (HK, b.1987) received her BA from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and MA from Chelsea College of Art and Design, University of London, UK. Her works have been shown in Art Basel Hong Kong.
Chui Pui Chee (HK, b.1980) received his BA from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, MA and PhD from the China Academy of Art in Hangzhou, China. He was a finalist at the Sovereign Asian Art Prize in 2020 and 2018 and the 2015 winner of the Young Artist (Visual Arts) of the Hong Kong Arts Development Awards. Chui’s works are in the collections of the Hong Kong Museum of Art, the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, UK and private collections worldwide.
Eric Fok (Macau, b.1990) received his Bachelor of Visual Art, Fine Arts/Art Education, Macao Polytechnic Institute and MFA in Department of Fine Arts, National Taiwan University of Arts and was a finalist in the Sovereign Asian Art Prize 2019. His works are held in the Museum of the Orient in Portugal, the Macau Government Headquarters and the Cultural Affairs Bureau of the Macau SAR, MGM Cotai, Soho House Hong Kong and private collections worldwide.
Joey Leung Ka Yin (HK, b. 1976) obtained both her BA and MFA from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Leung’s works are in the collections of the Hong Kong Museum of Art, the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, UK and private collections worldwide.
Ivy Ma (HK, b.1973) graduated with a BA (Fine Arts) in Painting from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and MA Feminist Theory and Practice in Visual Art, University of Leeds, UK. She was an Asian Cultural Council grantee 2007 and was awarded the Young Artist Award at Hong Kong Contemporary Art Awards 2012. Her works are in the collection of the Hong Kong Museum of Art, the Hong Kong Heritage Museum, Hong Kong Legislative Council Complex and private collectors.
Carmen Ng (HK, b.1988) received her BA in Visual Arts from Hong Kong Baptist University. A winner of the Distinguished Print Award at the 29th Hong Kong Print Awards 2017. Her works are in the collection of Hang Seng Bank, Procter & Gamble in HK and Guangzhou, China, Soho House Hong Kong and a HK private education foundation.
Frank Tang (HK, b.1988) holds a BA in Visual Arts from Hong Kong Baptist University. He was the artist-in-residence at Art Camp Tango, in Kyo-Tango, Japan in 2017 and Zurich University of the Arts in Switzerland in 2014. His work is collected by Soho House Hong Kong.
Tsang Chui Mei (HK, b.1972) obtained her BA and MFA from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. She was the winner of the Hong Kong Urban Council Fine Arts Award (Painting) in 1998 and the Philippe Charriol Foundation’s 20th Anniversary Competition in 2005. Tsang’s works are collected by the Hong Kong Museum of Art, the Fringe Club Hong Kong, the Philippe Charriol Foundation, Hotel ICON in Hong Kong, Hotel Stage in Hong Kong, and private collectors.
Tse Yim On (HK, b.1974) received his BA and MFA from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He was awarded Urban Council Award in Contemporary Hong Kong Art Biennial Exhibition in 1998. His works are collected by the Hong Kong Museum of Art and private collectors in both HK and Singapore.