“Critics in Dialogue” with Art Appraisal ClubVIEW EVENT DETAILS
Asian Cultural Council — Asia Society Series on the Arts
Drinks Reception 3:30pm
This program will be conducted in Cantonese with English translation.
The boom in art has ignited a boundless imagination of what art can do for society. Curiously, when we all look at art, it seems to evaporate before our eyes. Critics from the Art Appraisal Club will share their views on recent exhibitions, artworks, and artistic practices, ponder upon how audiences can get the most from the critical discourses of art and launch the biannual publication Art Review Hong Kong Issue #3.
The event is jointly hosted by Asian Cultural Council and Asia Society Hong Kong Center in an effort to support the development of arts criticism in the region and presented by Art Appraisal Club, an independent art critic collective whose founders include ACC Alumni and art critics. Calling out to all art lovers and friends in the arts, including artists, curators, administrators, and art critics, the event aims to create an accommodating platform for diverse voices to engage in in-depth conversations on exhibitions and arts events. It ultimately seeks to extend the reach of arts activities, appreciation, and discourses beyond existing audiences, and encourage more public engagements and participation in art criticism. The panel will select five to six exhibitions to take place in Hong Kong between October and December for in-depth review with the following focus:
- What have been done well/ not well and why?
- What could be done?
- How does the particular work relate to the overall practice of the artist?
- How does it relate to the organizational practice?
- Does it reflect any particular trend/ phenomenon in HK art scene?
The activity will take a roundtable format, and set up as a ring stage, where the audience is seated in a circle surrounding the panel. One to two free seats will be open for the audience to join in the discussion. The selected exhibition/ project will be on for discussion among the panel and audience for a fixed time of 15 minutes each as to create an exciting atmosphere. The panel discussion provides a rare chance to hear the most honest reviews of recent art exhibitions and projects happening around us locally.
Chan Sai Lok is an artist, writer and art critic. The medium of his artwork includes poetry, painting, and essays. He has won many literary prizes and is a frequent contributor to local art criticism. He was nominated as a finalist in the Sovereign Asian Art Prize 2017.
Ying Kwok (2014 ACC Fellow) is a curator and artist. She obtained her master degree from University of Arts London in 2004 and has served as curator of Chinese Arts Centre in Manchester the U.K. from 2006 to 2012. She also founded “Association” in 2009 with two U.K.-based artists to explore “boundaries of collaboration.” She is the curator of Hong Kong Pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale.
Jeff Leung (2012 ACC Fellow) is a curator and lecturer. He has curated in numerous exhibitions in Hong Kong organizations such as Para Site and Hong Kong Arts Centre and also overseas exhibitions including Para Site pavilion at Gwangju Biennale and Hong Kong pavilion at Venice Biennale. His writings on local art events and exhibitions are often included in overseas journals.
Leung Po Shan Anthony is an artist and critic, her work focuses on installation and performance art. She received a master degree in art history at the University of Leeds, the U.K. She has served as curator at Para Site and published her writings in journals including Twenty-First Century. She is now a Ph.D. candidate in cultural studies at CUHK.
Vivian Ting (2017 ACC Fellow) is a curator, art critic, and researcher, where her research focuses on art curatorship and museum studies. Ting is currently a part-time lecturer in Museum Studies at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. She has also published her writings in numerous journals such as ARTCO and Twenty-First Century.
Yang Yeung (2012 ACC Fellow) is a writer of art and an independent curator. She founded the non-profit soundpocket in 2008 and is currently its artistic director. In 2015, she started independent project A Walk with A3 located at a back alley in Causeway Bay in Hong Kong to support the right of art to be in the streets and right of pedestrians to encounter art as a daily experience. She currently teaches classics at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
Moderator - Angelika Li is a curator based in Hong Kong and Basel who also serves on the Public Art Advisory Panel of the Hong Kong Mass Transit Railway. She directed MILL6 Foundation, an inter-disciplinary, non-profit platform with focus on textile arts and culture in Hong Kong. Her work often suggests fresh perspectives and interpretations on traditional art form and cultural and historical context.
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