Breathing Space: Contemporary Art from Hong Kong


Due to popular demand, Breathing Space: Contemporary Art from Hong Kong is now extended to August 13, 2017!

This exhibition presents 11 local artists whose works look at the pressure of living in this city and make room for us to pause, reflect, respond and possibly challenge the world around us. Their works engage with urban experience, current affairs, and shared and personal history in a range of medium from painting to sculpture, video to mixed media installation. The exhibition consists of two parts: inside the gallery are extant works that contemplate various restrictions we encounter every day, from the spatial to psychological, the social to historical. Beyond the gallery, the outdoor area of our site is opened up for new commissions that strive to overcome these boundaries through artistic experimentation.

The participating artists are: Chilai Howard, Chloë Cheuk, Cheuk Wing Nam, Enoch Cheung, South Ho, Vaan Ip, Ko Sin Tung, Andio Lai, Siu Wai Hang, Adrian Wong and Magdalen Wong, and the exhibition is led by in-house curator Dominique Chan with Joyce Hei-ting Wong and Ashley Nga-sai Wu as assistant curators.

Visitors are welcome to take photos and share on social media by tagging us #ASHKBreathingSpace


About the Exhibition

Exhibition Period:
March 12, 2017 - August 13, 2017

Exhibition Venue:
Chantal Miller Gallery
Asia Society Hong Kong Center
The Hong Kong Jockey Club Former Explosives Magazine
9 Justice Drive, Admiralty, Hong Kong

Opening Hours:
Tuesday - Sunday: 11am - 6pm
Last Thursday of each month: 11am - 8pm
Closed on Mondays

Special Opening Hours During Art Basel Hong Kong
March 21 – 25: 11am – 8pm

Members' Private View
March 11: 11am - 6pm
March 13: 11am - 8:30pm

Last Admission: 
30 minutes before closing


About the Artists


Photo courtesy of the artist. Chilai Howard has a passion for using moving images and mixed media installations to explore social and political affairs. His recent work tests the potential of mechanical installation to evoke intangible feelings and states of mind. Formerly educated in the UK, Howard returned to Hong Kong to study intermedia art at The School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong and Creative Communication at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. After graduation, his works gained international success in numerous art shows and gallery exhibitions, including Both Sides Now, Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei (2015); Video Art in Asia 02-12, ZKM|Media Museum Inkarlsruhe, Germany (2013); Experimental Film and Video Art Festival in Nanjing, China (2012); Cologne International Video Art Festival in National Centre for Contemporary Art, Saint Petersburg (2011) and Arad Art Museum, Romania (2011); No Soul for Sales in Tate Modern, London (2010); and Move on Asia in Casa Asia, Barcelona (2009). Currently, Howard is working as Creative Director at N7 Communication, in addition to his artistic practice in Hong Kong. 
Photo courtesy of the artist.

Chloë Cheuk is a media artist who works with installation, interactive media, photography and video. Her works display great individuality in their exploration of the “structure of feeling” that exists in objects and mechanical devices. The artist often employs daily readymade objects that resonate with our contemporary globalized world, thereby engaging the audience in a dialogue with their own daily experiences and memories. Cheuk has presented solo and group exhibitions and participated in art festivals internationally in Hong Kong, Taiwan, USA, Canada, South America, the UK and Europe. She has also participated in multiple artist residencies, including Zurich University of the Arts, Switzerland supported by Soundpocket; Videotage Hong Kong; and Ars Electronica Futurelab, Austria supported by ifva and Burger Collection; and European Union National Institutes for Culture. She was recently nominated for the Hong Kong Arts Development Council Awards (Award for Young Artist). Cheuk obtained her BA in Creative Media from City University of Hong Kong, and is currently conducting a research regarding mechanism, objects, space and affection at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. 

Cheuk Wing Nam. Avaritia —Silent Greed, 2015. Courtesy the artist.

Cheuk Wing Nam is an interdisciplinary artist interested in mixing sound with other media using computer technology. Often favoring an object-based approach to her art, she makes use of unlikely readymade objects to explore urban soundscape and the emotive potential of sound. Her work takes the form in interactive installations and sound sculptures, as well as performances that show interest in the interrelationship between light, shadow, sound and space. Cheuk has exhibited her works and performed in musical events internationally, including Sonic Environment 2016 (Brisbane, Australia), Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK, Switzerland) and Floating Projects (Hong Kong). Before obtaining her MA in Visual Arts (Studio Art and Extended Media) from Hong Kong Baptist University in 2015, Cheuk graduated with a BA in International Business (Japan) and a minor in Marketing from City University of Hong Kong in 2007, and went on to pursue a Higher Diploma in Fashion and Clothing (Fashion Design stream) at Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 2012. During her postgraduate training, she received guidance from renowned artists Bryan Chung, Kingsley Ng and Steve Hui (aka Nerve). She is currently based in Hong Kong.

Photo courtesy of the artist.

Enoch Cheung is a conceptual artist with a practice ranging from photography, video and mixed media to artwork and installation. His work always intends to trigger audience to question their perception and understanding of daily life and social issues. Prior to becoming an artist, Cheung worked as the lead graphic designer for over 10 years at the Hong Kong Sanatorium & Hospital. This unique experience fostered the artist’s deep connection with hospitals, which still informs his art today. Cheung has presented internationally in solo and group exhibitions in Hong Kong, South Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, the UK, Australia and the Netherlands. He has also participated in curatorial collaborations, such as “I think it rains” of the Hong Kong Burger Collection in 2013 and “Pseudo Collection – What do Artists Collect” at 1a space in 2016. Besides his personal art projects, he has also taught at Hong Kong Art School, HKICC Lee Shau Kee School of Creativity and numerous workshops. Cheung graduated with a BA in Fine Art (Painting) in 2001, co-presented by RMIT University, Australia and Hong Kong Art School. Thereafter, he obtained an MA in Fine Art (Painting) from RMIT University, Australia in 2004, an MA in Fine Art from Chelsea College of Art and Design in 2009, and an MA in Fine Art (Interactive Media and Environment) from Frank Mohr Institute, Hanze University Groningen, Netherlands in 2010. He is currently based in Hong Kong. 


Photo courtesy of the artist.

South Ho is a photographer who explores social issues, values and the nature of life with his images. Ho graduated from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 2006 with a Higher Diploma in Social Work, and has worked for various local magazine, as both editor and photographer. Since 2007, Ho has been actively participating in photography exhibitions. In 2008, he took part in Imaging Hong Kong Contemporary Photography Exhibition. His series “Into Light’ was selected in the Hong Kong Contemporary Art Biennial Awards 2009 and was then adopted into the collection of The Burger Collection, Hong Kong Heritage Museum and the Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts in Japan. He was also nominated for the Société Générale Chinese Art Awards 2010 and selected as a finalist in The Sovereign Asian Art Prize 2011. Apart from pursuing his own artistic career, he is also involved in other public art projects. In 2013, he co-founded 100ft. PARK, which is a non-commercial art space dedicated to providing an open platform for artists and art lovers to exhibit and share creative thoughts. He is currently based in Hong Kong. 


Photo courtesy of the artist.

Graduated from Hong Kong Art School with a Higher Diploma in Fine Art, Vaan Ip has continuously engaged with the cityscape of Hong Kong and the psychological environment of urban spaces in his art. Initially working in ink, his paintings mingle his impression of the city and his childhood memories. His works engage the audience to reflect on their own experience in the crowded city of Hong Kong and the idea of space in all its forms. Ip went on to work in sculpture and light installations, and more recently outdoor sculptures that continue his exploration of urbanity and architecture. Ip had his first two solo exhibitions in Hong Kong, titled Finding Neverland (2009) at Shin Hwa Gallery and Paradise Revisited (2014) at Studio Rouge Gallery. He also participated in various international group exhibitions, such as Trail of Time (2008) in Bangkok, the ART FAIR TOKYO (2011), The 18th International Sculpture Symposium Icheon 2015 in South Korea and most recently the 15th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia (2016). He is currently based in Hong Kong.

Photo courtesy of the artist.

Ko Sin Tung employs various media including painting, video, digital print, and installation to create works that reflect upon contemporary living experience. Her practice explores the idiosyncrasies and psychological impact of objects from the domestic to urban. This serves as a means for her to understand how people project their expectations toward life and the future, and the emotional discrepancies that often exist between expectation and reality. Ko graduated from the Department of Fine Arts at The Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2009. She has presented exhibitions in Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, Russia, and France, as well as participated in an artist residency in Norway with Art House Messen, Ålvik. She has been the recipient of project grants from the Hong Kong Arts Development Council and Pure Art Foundation, Hong Kong. She currently lives and works in Hong Kong. 

Photo courtesy of the artist. Andio Lai works predominantly with sound art in his practice, exploring the possibilities of instrument design and sound-making with analog and digital technology as well as readymade objects. The sound-making apparatus is just as important to Lai as the sounds he creates, and he treats the form of his art as akin to sculpture or installation. His works often require audience participation and carry an element of performance. Lai received his BA in Creative Media from City University of Hong Kong in 2015, he is currently a master’s student at the Chinese University of Hong Kong studying Fine Arts. He has presented his works at major art fairs and festivals such as Art Basel Hong Kong, Microwave International Festival and Golden Sugarcane Film Festival, Taiwan. Lai is currently based in Hong Kong.

Photo courtesy of the artist.

Siu Wai Hang works with photography, video, and installation in his practice to explore the narrative and expressive potential of the image. His work takes inspiration from personal histories and daily experiences and explores the relationship between urbanity and nature and various social issues in Hong Kong. Siu graduated with a BA in Creative Media from The School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong. He went on to obtain his Master of Fine Art from the Department of Fine Arts, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. He won the WYNG Masters Award in 2014 and was awarded ifva Emerging Talent Award in 2016. The artist has presented two solo exhibitions since 2010, The Elusive (Lumenvisum, 2015) and Metropolis Chlorophyll (K11, 2010). He has also joined a number group exhibitions, including The 21st ifva Awards, 780s (Blindspot Gallery, 2014), WYNG Masters Award Finalists’ Exhibition – GASP (Hong Kong Polytechnic University, 2014), Pingyao International Photography Festival 2013 (Pingyao, 2013), Hong Kong Contemporary Art Awards 2012 (Hong Kong Museum of Art, 2013) and Hong Kong EYE (Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong, 2013). Siu is currently based in Hong Kong.
Photo courtesy of the artist.

Magdalen Wong works mainly in video, sculpture, and photography. Her current work stems from careful observation of the mundane, often manipulating easily accessible source materials that clutter our daily life, such as generic imageries (i.e. sunrise and sunsets) or found objects (i.e. balloons and old necklaces), to trigger an extended curiosity with the familiar. Although her work is sometimes viewed as a critique of the consumer culture – often deconstructing advertisements and TV commercials, the artist intends to generate alternate narratives in her art that inspire other connections beyond the conventional – a mystery in the ordinary. Wong has presented solo and group exhibitions internationally in Hong Kong, China, South Korea, USA, Sweden, and Greece. She is also the recipient of many awards and residencies, including the Hayward Prize from The American Austrian Foundation, Salzburg (2005), Freeman Foundation Asian Artists’ Fellowship (2010), Asian Pacific Artists Fellowship from The National Art Studio, Seoul (2011) and Artist Residency with the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, USA (2014). Wong was born in Hong Kong and moved to U.S.A. at the age of 13, she attained a BFA at the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2003, and an MFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2005. Wong is currently based in New York and part of the U.S.-based art group, i.e artist group.

Photo courtesy of the artist.


Adrian Wong was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. He was originally trained in research psychology, receiving an MA degree from Stanford University in 2003. He began making and exhibiting art in San Francisco while concurrently pursuing his degree in research psychology. He continued his post-graduate studies at Yale University, where he received an MFA in 2005. Relying heavily on research-based method, his installations, videos and sculptures draw from varied subjects and explore the intricacies of his relationship to his environment (experientially, historically, culturally, and through the filter of fantastical or fictionalized narratives). Wong has been based in Hong Kong since 2005, where he is the co-founder and director of Embassy Projects, an arts consultancy, and independent production studio. His recent exhibitions include the traveling exhibition Troglodyte See the Light, A Passion for Creation for the Louis Vuitton Fondation pour la Création, and Hong Kong Eye at the Saatchi Gallery. He is the winner of the 2013-2014 Sovereign Asian Art Prize. And his work is included in the Uli Sigg Collection (Lucerne), the Dominique and Sylvain Levy Collection (Paris), the Kadist Foundation Collection (San Francisco), Hong Kong Museum of Art (Hong Kong), M+ Museum Collection (Hong Kong) and the other private collections.

Gallery Guided Tours

Saturday | 2:30pm (In English) | 3:30pm (In Cantonese)

Sunday | 2:30pm (In English) | 3:30pm (In Cantonese)

Gallery tours are open to the public. No registration is required. 



Breathing Space: Contemporary Art from Hong Kong is published by Asia Society Hong Kong Center on the occasion of the eponymous exhibition held from March 12 to August 13, 2017. Edited by the curator, Dominique Chan, the book contains a curatorial overview and catalog of the exhibition with over 80 color photographs. The catalog also includes texts by assistant curators Ashley Nga-sai Wu and Joyce Hei-ting Wong, as well as contributors Andre Chan and Alex Tam that discuss Hong Kong contemporary art in the context of history, current affairs, local art ecology and arts education. The catalog is available for purchase at the center’s Asia Society Store, and as overseas delivery via email at


Title: Breathing Space: Contemporary Art from Hong Kong
ISBN: 978-988-12272-8-7
Size: 265 mm x 200 mm portrait, paperback
Number of pages: 144
Price: Members: HK$180 / Non-members: HK$220
Publisher: Asia Society Hong Kong Center 

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