Four exhibitions to visit in Hong Kong when you're bored of Basel
Running from March 23 through 25 Hong Kong will host the fifth edition of Art Basel HK. Such an event is emblematic of the globalisation of the art market, with 242 galleries hailing from 34 countries, it is a truly international fair; once inside you could easily be in Miami, Hong Kong or Switzerland. In light of this, H A P P E N I N G has picked out 5 local exhibitions outside the fair, many of which with a focus on national identity in the sphere of global politics, to help you get to know the local scene a little better.
“Soil and Stones, Souls and Songs” March 18 – June 11, 2017 Para Site
“Soil and Stones, Souls and Songs”, produced in collaboration with Kadist Foundation and curated by Cosmin Costinas and Inti Guerrero, is a travelling exhibition based on artistic discourses within the Asian sphere. New commissions, by over 40 artists, address the notion of anxiety in the face of globalisation.
Li Binyuan, Freedom Farming, 2014, Single-channel video, Courtesy of the artist and Kadist, Paris & San Francisco
“Tick-Tock” March 9 — 26, 2017 Things That Can Happen
Following a residency at Things That Can Happen gallery, Taiwanese artist Yang Chi-chuan will present “Tick-Tock” the first installment of a two-part experiment featuring a series of voice recordings of the artist reading her own writings. The recordings are compiled into a 24 hour sequence and reflect the artist’s everyday thoughts and reflections on Hong Kong and her experiences in the city.
“Away from Disgrace” March 18 — May 6 Blindspot Gallery
For Jiang Pengyi's fourth solo exhibition the Chinese artist draws inspiration from French philosopher Georges Bataille as an enquiry into human solitude and the role of sexuality in human rationality. The exhibition will feature three separate series In Some Time, The Sun Matched with the Sea and Dissolution together forming a thematic exploration and a way of thinking about human mortality through the making of art
Jiang Pengyi, In Some Time No. 6 (2016)
“An exposition, not an exhibition” March 11 — April 1 Spring Gallery
The product of two residencies at Spring Gallery, this exhibition by American composer and artist Ari Benjamin Meyers is taking place across seven locations in Hong Kong. The presentations will explore problems concerning how music is presented or put on display within the setting of a contemporary art space. Meyers looks to disrupt conventional notions of musical rules, in the aim to create new ones. The work stems from his ongoing research into the essence of live musical performance and the questions surrounding its protocols for audiences, performers and institutions.
Ari Benjamin Meyers