The title of the exhibition is inspired by the relationship between the ocean and the horizon line: a fluid, imaginary and liminal intersection between sea and sky. This shifting boundary is symbolic of Hong Kong as a city that defies categorisation, a dense metropolis undergoing continual and rapid physical, social and cultural transformations – and one that also has a very special relationship to the ocean with its unique island geography and famous deep, natural harbour.
Artists have been invited to reflect on how they have personally responded and adapted to change and uncertainty in their home city in the last two decades following the handover in 1997 and the impact this has had on their artistic practice, with the aim to contribute to a critical discussion about Hong Kong’s recent history.
Au Hoi Lam considers 1997 as a personal milestone, as this was the year she embarked on a career in fine art. For this exhibition, she will be creating a large painting composed of fragments of her memories for each of the past 20 years in Hong Kong. Sarah Lai and Ko Sin Tung will create new works responding to the themes of oceans and bodies of water through their everyday experiences of living and working in Hong Kong. Ocean Leung’s new work will involve two moving image pieces which play on interventions and interruptions of our viewing experience whilst Trevor Yeung will draw from his practice of using locally sourced horticultural materials to poetically interpret our physical landscapes.
In Lying in Gardens 謊園 (2016) Tang Kwok-hin investigates the idea of formal borders, boundaries and official demarcations. Through this video installation he traces the physical divides that exist within public spaces in Hong Kong. In addition to the exhibition Kong Chun Hei will complete a two-month artist’s residency at the Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art funded by Manchester Metropolitan University through which he will develop work leading to a studio exhibition, responding to his experience of Manchester.
This exhibition is co-curated by Ying Kwok (Independent Curator, Hong Kong), Lindsay Taylor (Art Curator, University of Salford)
and Ying Tan (Curator, CFCCA) and has been made possible with the support of the University of Salford Art Collection, Manchester Metropolitan University and the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, London as part of its programme of events commemorating the 20th Anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.
Au Hoi Lam
Ko Sin Tung
Kong Chun Hei