FILM SCREENING: "Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present"VIEW EVENT DETAILS
The Jockey Club Art Education and Female Empowerment Series "Painting Her Way: The Ink Art of Fang Zhaoling" Screening Series
Evening Screening and Discussion
Pre-screening Talk 7:00pm
About This Series
The Jockey Club Art Education and Female Empowerment Series "Painting Her Way: The Ink Art of Fang Zhaoling" Screening Series brings together a selection of films and documentaries that focus on themes of women’s empowerment, highlighting women who, like Fang Zhaoling, have achieved great success in their field.
About the Film
Known for her fearless, fascinating and thought-provoking performances, Marina Abramovic has been reinventing ideas about art throughout her career of almost five decades. Using her body as a vehicle to force an augmentation of her own mental and physical limits, her works construct situations that explore the capabilities of the mind and cut down the distance between the artist and the audience.
The feature-length documentary Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present takes us inside Marina’s world, following her as she prepares for what may be the most important moment of her life: a major retrospective of her work, taking place at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. To be given a retrospective at one of the world’s most premiere museums is, for any living artist, the most exhilarating sort of milestone. For Marina, it is far more: It is the chance to finally silence the question she has been hearing over and over again for decades: “But why is this art?”
The screening will be preceded by a short conversation with Artist Wen Yau and ASHK's Assistant Curator Joyce Wong on Wen Yau’s own practice and experience with Marina Abramovic at her retrospective at MoMA.
Wen Yau is a cross-media artist, researcher, curator, and writer, and has been concentrating on performance/live art and time-based media in the last few years. Her works often grapple with cultural differences and intimacy in public spaces. She has been working as a project researcher at the Asia Art Archive and contributes to various newspapers and magazines in Hong Kong and throughout Asia. She is also the co-founder of Woofer Ten, a local artspace based in Hong Kong advocating social practices. Currently, she is studying for her Ph.D. at the Academy of Visual Arts at the Hong Kong Baptist University research performative practices in postcolonial Hong Kong art and activism. She contributes frequently to various periodicals throughout Asia. From 2015 to 2016, she served as Fulbright Visiting Scholar at the Performance Studies Department at the Northwestern University, USA.
Joyce Hei-ting Wong is the assistant curator at the Chantal Miller Gallery, Asia Society Hong Kong Center. Exhibitions she has worked on include Life is Only One: Yoshitomo Nara (2015); Bat Cave: Treasures of the Day and Creatures of the Night (2015), Shen Wei: Dance Strokes (2016), Shahzia Sikander: Apparatus of Power (2016), Roaring Guardians: The Mari-Cha Lion with Asian Traditional and Contemporary Art (2017), Breathing Space: Contemporary Art from Hong Kong (2017), and most recently Painting Her Way: The Ink Art of Fang Zhaoling (2017).
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