F Hall Studio, Tai Kwun Contemporary
2018.9.15, 4:30 – 6:30 pm
下道基行（1978年生於岡山，居於名古屋）於2001年取得武藏野美術大學美術學位。下道對那些大多被我們忘記或被我們的日常生活和諸多憂慮所掩蓋的故事深感興趣。他的作品既非旨在記錄某些場景，也不是為了把歷史事實存檔歸案，而是通過探索個人和公共的歷史,面對日常的各種問題。例如，下道基 行花了四年時間周遊日本，四處考察砲台、戰鬥機機庫和其他軍事建築的遺址,拍成《戰爭的形態》系列(2001-2005)。他還拍攝鳥居(日本神社前的牌坊),把日本殖民佔領期間留在美國、台灣、俄羅斯、韓國和其他 地方的鳥居記錄下來,出版了著名的《鳥居》系列。
‘Our Everyday — Our Borders’ is an exhibition developed through workshops and public engagement. It brings together works by two Asian artists, Tang Kwok Hin (Hong Kong) and Motoyuki Shitamichi (Japan) to reflect on the themes of the everyday and its borders. By intervening in the lives of local volunteers or establishing dialogue during workshops with secondary school students, they have dealt with the imaginary boundaries created by geographical conditions and human relations in the cultural traditions of the quotidian.
This artists’ talk brings together Tang and Shitamichi along with curator Frank Vigernon and independent curator and writer Yeung Yang to explore the methodologies and possibilities of transforming social dialogues into art.
About the exhibition: https://goo.gl/v9rDQ4
*The talk will be conducted in English with simultaneous translation to Cantonese available.
About the speakers
Tang Kwok Hin, mixed media artist, independent curator and writer, was born in 1983 and raised in Hong Kong. He received his Master of Fine Arts from the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2008 and Bachelor of Arts (major in Fine Arts) in 2006.
Tang starts the artistic path from continuous queries towards his native background; soon he has developed exploration towards origins of existence and intimate aesthetics, inseparably connecting to the course and experiences of his life. These concerns are reflected in his works. He blurs boundaries between art and living by integrating creation with conflicts of human kinds which reveals intrinsic values, tension of duality and rhythm of senses. He often appropriates and reconstructs daily and personal contexts to narrate hidden stories in life, dealing with growth, inheritance, freedom, capitalism, consumerism, nature, politics, norms, etc., to express concerns towards humans and surroundings.
His works are widely exhibited in local and international exhibitions. He was awarded the first prize at Hong Kong Contemporary Art Biennial 2009; selected by Sovereign Asian Art Prize 2010, 2011 and 2014; awarded a Young Artist Award by Hong Kong Arts Development Awards 2010; granted by Asian Cultural Council in 2013. Collectors of his art include Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong Heritage Museum, Deutsche Bank, Amelia Johnson Contemporary and private collections over the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Singapore, Austria, Taiwan, Hong Kong, etc.
Motoyuki Shitamichi (born 1978, Okayama, lives in Nagoya) received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Musashino Art University in 2001. Profoundly interested in narratives that have been largely forgotten and buried by our everyday lives and concerns, the works of Motoyuki Shitamichi neither document scenes nor archive historical facts but prefer to address the issues of the everyday through the exploration of personal and public histories. For example, Shitamichi has spent four years traveling around Japan, surveying and photographing the remains of gun emplacements, fighter hangars, and other military structures, publishing these works inthe Bunkers series (2001-2005). He has also photographed the Torii, i.e. Japanese shrine gates, remaining in America, Taiwan, Russia, Korea, and other locations from the days of the Japanese colonial occupation of these countries, publishing his work in the well-known Torii series (2006- 2012).
His work has been exhibited widely in Japan and international exhibitions. He is selected to be the Japan representing artist in 58th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia in 2019.
Frank Vigernon is Chair and Professor at the Department of Fine Arts, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. His research focuses on the history of Chinese painting from the 18th centre onwards as well as on the different aspects of contemporary Chinese art as seen in a global context.
He received a PhD in Chinese Art History from the Paris VII University, a PhD on Comparative Literature from the Paris IV Sorbonne University, and a Doctorate of Fine Arts from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology.
Professor Vigneron is also a practicing artist and a writer. He has held several solo exhibitions in Hong Kong and has taken part in local and international exhibitions. His recent publications include “Hong Kong Soft Power: Art Practices in the Special Administrative Region, 2005-2014” and “I Like Hong Kong: Art and Deterritorialisation”. He has lived in Hong Kong since 1990.
Yeung Yang is an independent curator, writer and university lecturer, in which she has played the roles of identifying, curating, and researching on new programmes, sustaining existing ones, and the management, supervision, implementation and development of strategic plans.
In recent years, she has been commissioned by artists and academics locally and in the US, Germany, Singapore and Australia, to contribute critical writings and reviews to exhibition catalogues, art anthologies, and academic discussions.
She founded non-profit Soundpocket in 2008 to promote sound as art and its research and education in Hong Kong. (www.soundpocket.org.hk). She was awarded the Asian Cultural Council Fellowship in 2013. She currently teaches Western and Chinese classics at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.