Myths and Histories in Contemporary Practices


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Lavar Munroe

For We Shall Study War No More… (Devil no. 10), 2016

Acrylic, latex house paint and spray paint on canvas. 90” x 90”

Discussion 4:00pm
Close 5:00pm

The notion of contemporary art comprises the idea that art in this era utilizes contemporary mediums. While new media, installation and augmented reality are at the forefront of 21st-century artistic practices, with these mediums comes a sense of ultra-modernity. How are contemporaneous mediums used in representing historical motifs? Does this create a reinterpretation of our collective experience of past memories? This panel discussion will explore the juxtaposition of contemporary mediums with historical themes and its effect on the sensibilities of the audience when working with unconventional media to connect the past and the present.


Ying Kwok 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.


Maude Maris b. 1980, describes her subjects as an architecture of emotion. She uses found fragments to reflect on the relationship between things, exploring stability and precariousness in an attempt to understand the seemingly random or chaotic. While her paintings are two-dimensional, they are clearly influenced by sculpture in both their production and their formal visual properties. Some of her major exhibitions include Souvenirs de Téthys, Centre d’Art Chapelle Jeanne d’Arc, Thouars, France (solo), (2018); Anatolian Studies (solo), Embac Chateauroux, France (2017); O! Watt up, de Watteau et du Theatre, curated by Caroline Cournede, Maison d'Art Bernard Anthonioz, Nogent-sur-Marne, France (2017)


Lavar Munroe, born in Nassau in the Bahamas, is an interdisciplinary artist whose work encompasses painting, drawing, sculpture, installation art, and a hybrid medium that straddle the line between sculpture and painting. He earned a BFA from Savannah College of Art and Design in 2007. With a keen interest in history, anthropology and sociology, Munroe creates rich works that foreground these interests. His work incorporates elements of assemblage and collage, with composite pieces, often found and discarded materials, stitched and glued into a larger whole. Anthropomorphic figures that vacillate between the playful and macabre are the central motifs of his large-scale canvases.


Andrea Wolf is a Chilean-born interdisciplinary artist living and working in New York. Her work explores the relationship between personal memory and cultural practices of remembering. She creates multimedia installations and video sculptures that examine how technology, media and memory affect and transform each other, creating models of remembrance that are culturally shaped. Ms. Wolf holds master’s degrees in Documentary Filmmaking Program from Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona, in Digital Arts from Universitat Pompeu Fabra, and from the Interactive Telecommunications Program at NYU. In 2013, she was a fellow at the Artist in the Marketplace Program at the Bronx Museum, culminating with the biennial exhibition “The Bronx Calling”.


Laure Raibaut’s expertise is in Asian modern and contemporary art. She was trained as an archaeologist and an art historian at SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies) in London, the Sorbonne in Paris and the Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) in Beijing.  She started her career in Beijing with Platform China Art Institute and then worked for galleries in New York and Hong Kong, she also led sales for the auction houses Bonhams and Christie's. She has also worked at the Hong Kong Arts Centre, the longest standing independent art institution in Hong Kong, opened in 1977 and has curated shows there. She is now expanding the field of her expertise as Head of Visual Arts for Le French May and Lumieres, the two festivals initiated by the Association Culturelle France - Hong Kong. 

Event Details

Sat 31 Mar 2018
4 - 5 p.m.

Central Harbourfront Event Space, 9 Lung Wo Road

Free Admission with any Art Central Ticket; Registration not required
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