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“Non-place” and “The Place”: Ko Chi-Keung in Conversation with Tang Ying-Chi
5 October 2021 - 31 October 2021Free
Lumenvisum presents you: “Non-place” and “The Place”: KO Chi-Keung in Conversation with TANG Ying Chi, in October 2021. Curated by scholar ZENG Hong, the photographs by KO Chi-Keung, and works on canvas with mixed media by TANG Ying Chi, were put together to have conversation, and let the viewer to examine the relationship between subject and space.
Hong Kong has experienced dramatic changes in 2019, 2020. Although KO Chi-Keung can no longer take photos at the frontline, his thinking has never been stopped, and he still depends on photography to express the emotions. He created a series of B/W photographs of Hong Kong spaces, using the concept of “Non-place” as a metaphor, visualizing the feature and the destiny of transition and temporariness.
Some people are leaving their homeland, looking for a freer place due to the changing social situation. TANG Ying Chi feels that the history is just repeating itself. She thinks of the ancients was pursuing their individual freedom behind the ink painting. Her colourful works The Place, adopt the methodology of ink art, but directly touches the viewers’ emotional release rather than escapism.
“One enduring topic in Hong Kong contemporary art is the subject in relation to space. Artists use various media and methodologies to represent their embodied experiences of compressed living space, or their contemplations about place identity engendered,” said by curator ZENG Hong, “KO Chi-Keung and TANG Ying Chi are two artists heralded in Hong Kong art history as ‘bringing a new wave from overseas to the local art scene’ in the 1980s and 1990s. At this moment, they converse about spatial representation through co-presenting their photography and painting.”
ABOUT THE ARTIST / ORGANISERKO Chi-Keung
Born in Hong Kong and studied photography at the Banff School of Fine Arts in Canada. Ko founded the FOTOCINE School of Photography and the Photo Centre in 80s and he was named ‘Photographer of the Year’ by the Hong Kong Artists’ Guild in 1992.
Ko is a founding member and Honorable member of the Hong Kong Institute of Professional Photographers (HKIPP). He is also a founding member, former chairman (2013 – 2017) and current Honorary Chairman of Hong Kong International Photo Festival (HKIPF).
Tang Ying Chi obtained BA Fine Art from Goldsmiths College of the University of London in England and DFA, MFA from RMIT in Australia respectively. Tang is an active art practitioner who merged various roles as practicing artist, educator, curator and writer. She has over 20 solo exhibitions, and participated in many group exhibitions in Hong Kong and internationally. Tang obtained numerous awards/fellowships/residency such as Hong Kong artists at Gyeongju, Korea, by Gyeongsangbuk-do, Gyeongju City and Gyeongbuk Newspaper, Korea (2017), Visiting Fellow at the Hong Kong Design Institute (2016-17), Artist Residency at the Hong Kong Museum of Coastal Defence and Art Quarter Residency at Budapest, Hungary (2015), Artist Residency at Faculty of Art, Chiangmai University, Thailand (2012), Artist-in-Residence, Lingnan University, Department of Visual Studies (2010), People of the Time by British Council of Hong Kong (2008), the Urban Council Fine Art Awards at the Contemporary Hong Kong Art Biennial (1996) etc.
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