Hank Willis Thomas — My Life is Ours


Hank Willis Thomas, On a Bright Monday (Gold on Red), 2018, Screenprint on retroreflective vinyl, mounted on Dibond, 60.3 x 85.1 cm.

[Photo courtesy of the artist and Ben Brown Fine Arts]

Evening Dialogue
Registration 6:30pm
Conversation 7:00pm 
Close 8:00pm

New York-based artist, Hank Willis Thomas will discuss his new series of retroreflective works based on poignant photographic documentation of the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989 and the Umbrella Revolution of 2014. Whether working in photography, sculpture, installation, video or mixed media, the conceptual artist continually strives to examine issues of identity, race, intolerance and protest throughout history, asking his viewers to reflect upon the perpetuality and universality of these themes. Moderated by Ben Brown, join us for this unique opportunity to be part of a conversation with one of the most culturally significant contemporary artists today, in anticipation of the artist’s first solo exhibition at Ben Brown Fine Arts Hong Kong gallery.


Hank Willis Thomas (b. 1976) received a BFA in Photography and Africana Studies from New York University and an MFA and MA in Photography and Visual Criticism from the California College of Arts, San Francisco. He currently lives and works in New York City. Thomas’s work has been exhibited extensively throughout the United States and abroad, at institutions including the International Center of Photography, New York; Studio Museum, Harlem, New York; Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio; SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah, Georgia; Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; Art Gallery of Ontario, Canada; Musée du quai Branly, Paris; Hong Kong Arts Centre, Hong Kong; Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Netherlands; Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, Spain; and Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa, Cape Town, South Africa. His work is held in numerous public and private collections including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; and Brooklyn Museum, New York.


Ben Brown, born in Hong Kong and educated in the UK, began his career at Sotheby’s where he spent a decade in the Contemporary Art Department and pioneered the auction house’s Italian Sale. In 2004 he established Ben Brown Fine Arts in Mayfair, London, where he now has two exhibition spaces. In 2009, the gallery took its first step in an international expansion with the opening of an exhibition space in Hong Kong. Ben Brown Fine Arts Hong Kong was the first Western gallery to open in the iconic Pedder Building and in the last decade has presented a diverse exhibition program featuring gallery artists such as Ron Arad, Miquel Barceló, Tony Bevan, Candida Höfer, Claude & François-Xavier Lalanne, Heinz Mack, Vik Muniz and Gavin Turk as well as the work of important 20th century artists such as Alighiero Boetti, Lucio Fontana and Pablo Picasso. (Moderator)

For more information on the exhibition, click here.

Presented by



Event Details

Tue 18 Sep 2018
6:30 - 8 p.m.

Asia Society Hong Kong Center, 9 Justice Drive, Admiralty

Register Now
Free Admission; Online Reservation Required
Add to Calendar 20180918T103000 20180918T120000 UTC Asia Society: Hank Willis Thomas — My Life is Ours Asia Society Hong Kong Center, 9 Justice Drive, Admiralty