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SUMMER TALK SERIES: What defines Hong Kong Art?

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25 August, 2020
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
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What defines Hong Kong Art? 
Tuesday, August 25th, 5pm HKT

Due to the continued social distancing restrictions imposed by the Hong Kong government, our upcoming talk will unfortunately only take place in a virtual format via Zoom and Facebook live.  Date, time and speakers remain unchanged.

After a brief pause, we are excited to announce the resumption of our Summer Talk Series. This series, launched on June 30th, explores an array of topics related to our current exhibition Uniquely Hong Kong. To extend the riveting conversation from our first talk on the development of Hong Kong Art, this second talk will address the question of what makes Hong Kong art unique, how to define it and is it really necessary to define?

Uniquely Hong Kong – A Celebration of Hong Kong Art showcases a selection of artworks by twenty-eight Hong Kong artists; some of the work is specially produced for the exhibit. Using Hong Kong’s rich heritage as the kernel to highlight the diversity and talent of these artists, the exhibition reflects on the broad signification of Hong Kong art.

We are pleased to have four speakers from different fields in the art industry partaking in the talk: William Lim, renowned Hong Kong architect, art collector, and artist; Elaine Ng, Publisher of Art AsiaPacific Magazine; Carmen Shek Cerne, Head of Sale and Senior Specialist on Chinese Paintings from Christie’s; and Alexandra Seno, Head of Development at Asia Art Archive and art critic, who will be moderating the discussion. Each speaker will shed light on how their experiences with Hong Kong’s art industry have influenced and shaped their understanding of Hong Kong art. The discussion will consider the nuances of this eclectic label and highlight what our current exhibition reveals about this topic.


Dr. William Lim 

CL3 Architects Ltd, Founder and Managing Director
William Lim is an award-winning architect as well as an avid art collector and artist. He represented Hong Kong at the Venice Biennale’s International Architecture Exhibition in 2006 and 2010. Not only have his artworks been exhibited internationally, but they have also enriched Hong Kong with several large-scale, poetic installations. Lim cultivates his love for art by nurturing an ever-growing art collection.
As the Founder and Managing Director of CL3 Architects Ltd. (CL3), Lim exercises his penchant for marrying art and architecture. Marina Bay Sands in Singapore, The Park Lane Hong Kong, and H Queen’s, also in Hong Kong, are among his many architectural projects.

Elaine Ng  
Art AsiaPacific, Publisher and Editor
Elaine W. Ng is the editor and publisher of Art AsiaPacific, a 27-year old publication dedicated to contemporary art from Asia, the Pacific, and the Middle East. In the mid-1990s she worked at Hanart TZ Gallery, and from the 2001-2002 Ms. Ng managed Videotage, one of Asia’s first non-profit organizations for film, video and new media. Ms. Ng currently sits on the advisory board of Asia Art Archive in Hong Kong, New Hall Art Collection at Cambridge University, and Alserkal Avenue in Dubai. Additionally, she is a lecturer on Asian modern and contemporary art, feminist art, and research methodology for the arts at Hong Kong Baptist University’s Academy of Visual Arts.
Carmen Shek 
Christie’s Hong Kong, Senior Specialist Head of Sale in the Chinese Paintings Department
Carmen Shek Cerne is Senior Specialist Head of Sale in the Chinese Paintings Department in Christie’s Hong Kong. She joined Christie’s in 2009 and in 2013 curated Beyond Tradition, Christie’s first exhibition devoted to Chinese contemporary ink paintings, which travelled to New York and Hong Kong. In 2014 she launched the twice-yearly auction for the category. Carmen works closely with collectors worldwide to assemble and manage their collection of Chinese paintings. She focuses on client advisory and business getting in Hong Kong and overseas, as well as catalogue and exhibition planning.
Prior to joining Christie’s Carmen was Assistant Curator at the Hong Kong Maritime Museum. She is educated in Hong Kong, Italy and the UK and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Ancient History and Social Anthropology from University College London.
Moderator: Alexandra A. Seno
Asia Art Archive, Head of Development and art critic
Alexandra A. Seno serves as Head of Development at Asia Art Archive. She has been an adviser to Spring Workshop, former board member at Para Site Hong Kong, and is on the Executive Committee of the Oriental Ceramic Society of Hong Kong. A commentator on culture in Asia, her writing has been published by Newsweek Magazine, the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Art Newspaper, Monocle Magazine, and Architectural Record magazine. She is an art critic for Radio Television Hong Kong 4.


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