:: Hong Kong : The sun teaches us that history is not everything : 24.03.2018 – 06.05.2018

Initiated by Osage Art Foundation (OAF) and curated by Brazilian curator Raphael Fonseca, “The sun teaches us that history is not everything" is a contemporary art exhibition which aims to establish closer relations between South East America (Mexico, Central America and South America) and South East Asia through the fulcrum of Hong Kong. This project will bring together 26 artists – 14 from Mexico and Central and South America, 8 from South East Asia and 4 from Hong Kong and Macau.

This exhibition is a part of our "Regional Perspectives" platform which we started in 2011 in recognition of the fact that more needed to be done to develop the cultural conversations happening in Asia. 

In 2015, curators Patrick D Flores and Anca Verona Mihulet curated the “South by Southeast” exhibition with artists from South-East Europe and South-East Asia.  The exhibition was based on the commonly held notion that the North is supposedly ascendant, more prone to power, closer to an imagined centre whereas the South is cast as peripheral and dispossessed.  Such a psycho-graphical imagination also supposes that the West is everywhere and modern while the East is timeless and far.  South-East is thus a double negation – not North, not West and hence twice removed from the centre of things.

This new project is the result of a 2016 OAF funded research trip by Raphael Fonseca to Hong Kong and South-East Asia. The exhibition aims to develop the discourse around contemporary art in Asia and beyond.  It will examine dialogues and parallels between the histories of colonialism, migration, cultural identity and post-colonialism in the South Eastern Americas and South East Asia with Hong Kong/ Macau as the pivot point around which these discourses may revolve.

The exhibition will be held from 24.03.2018 to 06.05.2018 at Osage Gallery in Kwun Tong, Hong Kong.

Enquiries:
Belle Leung (Osage Art Foundation) by email belleleung@oaf.cc or telephone +852 2172 1607

 

 

:: Hong Kong : Interval In Space: 15.12.2017 – 28.01.2018

Osage Art Foundation and NAIRS Foundation are proud to present Interval in Space, a Hong Kong - Switzerland Cultural Exchange Project, co-organised by the Consulate General of Switzerland in Hong Kong.

This exhibition is the second part of a cultural exchange that began in July 2017 when a group of young Hong Kong artists travelled to the village of Scuol in Switzerland to take part in a residency program, and to exhibit their work alongside that of a group of Swiss and Austrian artists.

The exhibition comprises the work of Hong Kong artists Au Hoi Lam, Nadim Abbas, Sarah Lai, Kingsley Ng and Lee Kit alongside work by Beat Feller, Zilla Leutenegger, Matthias Liechti, Boris Rebetez and Judith Fegerl.

The project is curated by Harald Kraemer (Switzerland / Hong Kong), Janine Stoll (Switzerland) and Charles Merewether (Hong Kong).

Co-Curator Charles Merewether says "The collaborative exhibition ‘Interval in Space’ reminds us of the question of globalization and the local in characterizing contemporary culture. As such, the exhibition shows us that while there are common traits that inform all modern and contemporary artistic practice, there are also significant differences. No more so are these differences evident than in placing Asian and European artists together, in this case Hong Kong and Swiss artists. Together the five Hong Kong artists show in different ways how the social sphere appears as the subject of their practice."

Co-Curator Harald Kraemer describes these differences as follows: "The Hong Kong artists explore objects in space but often beginning with the domestic, the mundane and everyday. This is the point of departure. Recreating a living room, a bathroom or just a bed or a table their installations generate new narratives. Defined once as 'social sculpture', their installations fuse spatial design, paintings, everyday objects, sound to invoke the question of place and memory of the personal. They are immersive environments, often times creating a precarious relationship with reality, destablising a viewer’s perception of space, creating a precarious relationship with reality. In certain cases the work might playfully engage with kitsch or create a sense of estrangement with the familiar or to the contrary, forming quiet moments that escape the purview of the everyday, evoking calm and tranquility. The engagement of art with ordinary objects brings a poetry to the mundane, heightening the viewer’s sense of everyday life. Such practice belongs to a long tradition of engagement with everyday life but there in a new dimension to this contemporary manifestation.

The artists from Switzerland and Austria have started their artistic work with a more classical understanding of volume, space and sculpture. For them often the challenge is to respect the existing spatial situation by analyse it at the same time. The reflection and therefore the reaction can be an intervention in form of an alienation, a manipulation or even a destruction of the existing space. They are responding to the characteristics of the given architecture in many ways. Their interventions can look like a set design, a forgotten ornament, an architectural detail, a construction site or an exhibition inside the exhibition. By describing the shown intervals in space, the visitors learn in many ways more about their own position in the interplay of diverse spaces as well as they can fill the seen with their own imagination."

The artists Au Hoi Lam, Sarah Lai, Kingsley Ng, Beat Feller, Matthias Liechti and Boris Rebetez will all be present at the opening on Friday 15 December 2017.

The schedule for Friday 15 December 2017 begins with a talk session with the artists and the curators from 4.00pm to 5.30pm.  Following on from this, Co-curator Harald Kraemer will lead a tour of the exhibition from 5.30pm to 6.00pm.  The Vernissage hosted by the Consulate General of Switzerland in Hong Kong begins at 6.00pm.

To celebrate the occasion of the opening of Interval in Space there will be a special musical performance commissioned by Osage Art Foundation and organised by William Lane.

Exhibition:

Vernissage
15 December 2017, 6.00 - 8.00 pm

Sharing Session with the Artists and Curators:                                                                                                                                                    
15 December 2017, 4.00 - 5.30 pm

Tour of Exhibition led by Co-Curator Harald Kraemer
15 December 2017, 5.30 - 6.00 pm

Exhibition Continues:
16 December 2017 - 28 January 2018

Presented by:
Osage Art Foundation
NAIRS Foundation

Co-organiser:
Consulate General of Switzerland in Hong Kong

Supported by:
Presence Switzerland
Pro Helvetia Shanghai, Swiss Arts Council
Kanton Bern
Kulturpauschale Basel-Stadt
Stiftung Temperatio
City University of Hong Kong and the School of Creative Media
The Hong Kong Arts Development Council
The Arts Development Fund of the Home Affairs Bureau, the Government of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
lotsremark Projekte Basel

Enquiries:
Belle Leung (Osage Art Foundation) by email belleleung@oaf.cc or telephone +852 2172 1607

 

 

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