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‘The Other Story’ curated by Ying Kwok

Exhibition details

Opening / Event Date:
12 September, 2018
Time:
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Closing / End Date:
2 November, 2018
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Since the origin of mankind, storytelling has been at the heart of human existence. From the very first carvings on the walls of caves to our online blogs and ‘tweets’ of today – we are, and always have been, storytellers. It is through stories that we communicate, learn, and associate with one another. Stories are containers of all sorts of narratives with many different layers that need to be deciphered and understood. Artwork in particular is complex, often with deeper messages, so our understanding of a piece of work should not be limited to the narrative shown on the canvas.

Curated by Ying Kwok, ‘The Other Story’ invites the audience to shift their focus to the non-fictional aspects of an artwork. The artists invited to take part in this exhibition have dedicated themselves to pushing boundaries of their material and medium. They invite focus on the making of the works, instead of the subject matter or theme presented, and sense the interaction between the artists and their chosen medium and materials.

Tsang Chui Mei combines vigorous and textured brush strokes with delicate elements to create imaginative scenes. Vibrant colours, overlapping lines, perspectives and considered compositions constitute a tour de force capable of projecting emotions.  Tsang Tsui Shan has directed films of various styles and themes with love being an indispensable core element. The chosen work for this exhibition is her first dance video work, which explores the destructive relationship between men and women and the condition of personal internal renewal, through the interaction, conflict and tension of two human bodies.  Chloë Cheuk’s practice is motivated by ‘raw feelings’ and her desire to make her work to carry it. For this exhibition, Cheuk is creating new works to examine and depict a state of entrapment in our own body and mind, repeatedly contemplating and ruminating a sense of being caught within ourselves, even if we thought we were reaching out.

About the Curator:

Based in Hong Kong and working internationally, Ying Kwok has curated ‘Collector Club’ in Oi, Hong Kong, co-curated ‘From Longing to Belonging’ at Laznia Centre for Contemporary Art in Poland, ‘No Cause for Alarm’ at La MaMa Galleria in New York.

Kwok was also lead curator of the ‘LOOK International Photography Festival’ 2017, and curator for Samson Young: ‘Songs for Disaster Relief’ as the Hong Kong presentation for the 57th Venice Biennale. From 2006-2012, Kwok was the curator at the Chinese Arts Centre (renamed as Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art in 2013) in Manchester, UK. She was awarded the Asian Cultural Council Fellowship in 2014.

To encourage critical thinking and initiating effective discussions in Hong Kong, she founded Art Appraisal Club with a group of local art professionals. The group provides regular exhibition reviews and their articles are published in magazines, various cultural networks and their own bilingual journal, Art Review Hong Kong.

About the Artists:

Chloë Cheuk has participated in a number of group exhibitions and art festivals in Asia, North and South America and Europe. Her solo exhibitions include ‘She, herself’ at Things That Can Happen, Hong Kong, 2015; ‘After Blossom’ at 100ft. PARK, Hong Kong, 2015; ‘Every Every, Fuse: A.I.R.’ at Videotage, Hong Kong, 2015; ‘A Little Bit Different’ at ZHdK, Switzerland, 2015.

Cheuk has participated in a number of group exhibitions, including LOOP Festival, Barcelona, Spain, 2016; 16th Media Art Biennale WRO, Wroclaw, Poland, 2015; Ars Electronica Centre, Linz, Austria, 2014-2015. She is the recipient of the Special Mention Award at the 19th ifva Festival (Interactive Media Category) in 2014 and was nominated for the Sovereign Asian Art Prize and Award for Young Artists (New Media Art Category) of the Hong Kong Art Development Award.  Cheuk graduated from the School of Creative Media at City University of Hong Kong in 2012 and is now pursuing her MFA in Sculpture at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada.

Tsang Chui Mei obtained her Bachelor and Master degree in Fine Arts from the Department of Fine Arts at the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 1996 and 2004 respectively. She was selected to participate in a three-month residency program of the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, France, in 2015. Her recent exhibitions include ‘Some Landscapes’, Grotto Fine Art Ltd, Hong Kong, ‘Purple: Women of Mankind’, One East Asia, Singapore. 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, Philippe Charriol Foundation, Hotel ICON in Hong Kong, Hotel Stage in Hong Kong, and private collectors.

Tsang Tsui Shan was elected Best New Director of the 31st Hong Kong Film Award in 2012. Beginning with short film productions, her films have typically focused on humanitarian themes. In 2008, her first directed feature film ‘Lovers On the Road’ won the Best Drama Award of the 8th South Taiwan Film Festival, whilst her second feature ‘Big Blue Lake’ was successfully presented internationally and awarded the ‘Jury Special Award’ of the Golden Koala Chinese Film Festival in 2013 and the ‘Asian New Talent’ Jury Prix of the Shanghai International Film Festival in 2012. Tsang finished her French/Hong Kong co-production feature documentary ‘Flowing Stories’ in 2014, and her latest drama ‘Scent’ also released in Mid of August 2014. In recent years, Tsang has actively participated in projects relating to environmental issues and disadvantaged communities, receiving the FilmAid Asia Humanitarian Award in 2016.

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