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AUTUMN TALK SERIES – Hong Kong Women Artists: Beyond the Stereotype 

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22 September, 2020
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Hong Kong Women Artists: Beyond the Stereotype 
Tuesday, 22 September, 5-6pm HKT
Alisan Central
21/F Lyndhurst Tower, 1 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, Hong Kong
Please note: The talk will be bilingual and will also be live streamed via Zoom and Facebook Live

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Exhibition catalogue available

After a successful three-month run, Alisan Central’s current exhibition, Uniquely Hong Kong – A Celebration of Hong Kong Art will be coming to an end next Saturday, September 26th. Showcasing the works of 28 artists who represent several generations, this exhibition seeks to explore what defines a Hong Kong artist.  To delve deeper into this pertinent question, a series of talks have been held in conjunction with the exhibition. Rounding off the discussions and exhibition, we are proud to present two final events next week and hope you will be able to join us at the Central gallery and/ or virtually.

Hong Kong Women Artists: Beyond the Stereotype 

Following our recent Autumn Talk Series Made in Hong Kong, Alisan is pleased to present the last talk in this series, Hong Kong Women Artists. Held in conjunction with the gallery’s current exhibition Uniquely Hong Kong, this discussion highlights the creativity, diversity, achievements, and success of four outstanding Hong Kong artists representing several generations. They include Li Wei-han Rosanna, Nancy Chu Woo, Winnie Mak and Hui Hoi-kiu Angel. Moderated by Michelle Wong, (Researcher, Asia Art Archive) together they will explore what it means to be a women artist, if there is “feminine art” and why most of the well-known artists are men.


Hui Hoi-kiu
Hui Hoi-kiu is a Hong Kong-based emerging artist who specialises in contemporary ink painting. She is recognised for her unique practice of reconfiguring common objects to reveal properties of fine art; Hui’s Chinese ink work — an ancient and meticulous practice — on tissue paper — a mundane household item — exemplifies this practice. Through confronting the perception of art in today’s society, Hui alludes to the pertinent ambiguity between fine art and “non-art”. She has received numerous art awards including a scholarship from China Education Development Foundation in 2016 and 2017; Silver Award of New Art Wave International Artist in 2015; Outstanding Award from the 10th ‘L&XF’ China Fashion Illustration Competition in 2011, and was one of the finalists of The Hong Kong Fine Art Prize in 2014. In 2016, Hui was invited by Lane Crawford to create an art window display showcasing her modern interpretation of Chinese traditions, and March 2019, she was invited to exhibit in the group show hosted by the Office of the Government of HKSAR at the Rosewood, Beijing.

Rosanna Li
Hong Kong ceramicist and design educator Rosanna Li Wei-han is best known for her trademark ceramic sculptures depicting voluptuous women. Although plump in defiance of today’s aesthetic standards, her figures are endowed with a nimble grace and good humour. Her amiable caricatures capture the contentment and vitality of simple folk, reflecting her keen observation and sensitivity to the varying facets of Hong Kong popular culture. Her work can be found in the collections of the Hong Kong Museum of Art; the Hong Kong Heritage Museum; the Guangdong Museum of Art; the Shiwan Ceramic Museum; the Zhejiang Museum of Art; and the New Taipei City Yingge Ceramics Museum. This year, Li was conferred Artist of the Year (Visual Arts) at the 14th Hong Kong Arts Development Awards.

Winnie Mak
Born in Hong Kong, Winnie Mak employs unorthodox approaches to the practice of Chinese ink by enriching the tradition of Chinese ink with a contemporary flair. In the 1970s, when Hong Kong art underwent rapid developments, Mak moved to Canada to study Western art and ink painting. As an amalgamation of her experiences, she evokes imagination in creating peaceful and pleasant images inspired by nature to momentarily detach from urban commotion. Mak’s artworks have been included in the permanent collection of The Duanghuang Arts Centre, China; the University Museum and Art Gallery, The University of Hong Kong; The Ratchadamnoen Contemporary Art Center in Bangkok, the Office of Contemporary Art and Culture, the Ministry of Culture of Thailand; Yiqingzhai Studio; the International Printmaking Center of the National Taiwan Normal University; The Diaghilev Museum of Modern Art of the St. Petersburg State University; the Hongkong Land Limited; and the Muzeul de Arta Cluj-Napoca, Romania.

Nancy Woo
Modern painter Nancy Woo is distinguished by her highly nuanced East-West style. Born in Guangzhou and raised in Hong Kong, she studied at Cornell University (BA) and Columbia University (MA). Her artwork showcases her distinct multi-layered wash technique, employing a unique synthesis of ink and gouache to create dynamic and ethereal works on xuan paper. Though her global travels to far-flung destinations heavily inspire her work, the end product invariably emerges as stylistically her own. During her transformative time studying in New York City, Woo established a strong foundation in Western art, building upon her base of classical Chinese artistic sensibilities. When she first moved back to Hong Kong, she eased into the local art scene as a lecturer in the Fine Arts department at the University of Hong Kong. Her work has been collected by Hong Kong Arts Museum; Hong Kong Heritage Museum; The University of Hong Kong; Guangzhou Museum of Art; and the private collection of Art historian Michael Sullivan.

Moderator: Michelle Wong
Michelle Wong, a Hong Kong-based researcher at Asia Art Archive, leads the Archive’s research projects in the city; her specialization lies in historical communication and exchange through exhibitions and periodicals. Wong’s numerous projects include the Hong Kong Art History Research Project, organized in collaboration with the Hong Kong Museum of Art; The Ha Bik Chuen Archive Project which forms a key part of an undergraduate course developed in collaboration with Fine Arts Department of the University of Hong Kong; and “London, Asia”, a collaborative project with Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art. She was also the Assistant Curator for the eleventh edition Gwangju Biennale, South Korea.


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