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Duddell’s And Vivian Poon Consider Its Impact On Hong Kong Artists: Can We Reimagine The Links Between Tradition, Individual, And Place?

June 10, 2015 Lifestyle No Comments Email Email

unnamed (3)Can we reimagine the links between tradition, individual, and place? These are some of the explorative questions posed in Duddell’s 2015 summer exhibition curated by Vivian Poon, an artist, curator, and Research and Programmes Coordinator at the Hong Kong-based Asia Art Archive.Here is Where We Meetwill consider the impact of ‘tradition’ on artists Chu Hing Wah, Ho Sin Tung, Lee Kit, Lui Chun Kwong, Wilson Shieh, andTsang Chui Mei, upstairs in the Duddell’s Salon and Library, from 9 July to 5 October 2015.

Adding to Hong Kong’s position as one of the world’s leading arts hubs, the Duddell’s institution is dedicated to giving local and international contemporary artists a platform to express their creativity and practice freedom of speech through art. The upcoming exhibition, named after a book by John Berger with the same title, aims to examine how ‘tradition’ as an idea and cultural concern manifests in the works and thought processes of local artists.

“Every man is more than just himself; he also represents the unique, the very special and always significant and remarkable point at which the world’s phenomena intersect, only once in this way, and never again.” � Hermann Hesse, Demian: Die Geschichte von Emil Sinclairs Jugend

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Duddell’s summer exhibition ‘Here is Where We Meet’ curator Vivian Poon

Decisions made by artists to utilise certain fragments of cultural traditions are integral to showcase the shift in Hong Kong’s tradition over the years. The complex relationship among personal aspirations and social constraints constantly modifies and reinvents the meaning of ‘tradition.’

“I think the mere fact that these artists are living and working in Hong Kong will inevitably find them coinciding in some way or form. Here is Where We Meetwill be an exhibition that gives light to each individual artist for his/her practice, artistic philosophy, influences and inspirations. All these factors come from a myriad of places given the fact that they were born, or have somehow ended up in Hong Kong,” says Vivian Poon. “The exhibition will allow Hong Kongers to revisit their cultural background and understand how vernacular culture morphs with the changing times. I hope that this exhibition brings the audience a willingness to investigate their own ‘tradition’ and see how it can react or intercept into the artists works as well as how it aids their perception of art.”

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Duddell’s summer exhibition ‘Here is Where We Meet’ participating artist Lui Chun Kwong

This group exhibition brings together a selection of  paintings and drawings of various medium dating from 1980s to the present by six Hong Kong artists, and aims to provide a lens to look at their practices as well as the broader art scene in Hong Kong. These works together provokes a questioning of the formation of ‘tradition’, and its relation with the people belonging to a certain place, and in this case Hong Kong.

The exhibition is part of the Duddell’s Art Programme. It includes a calendar of exhibitions curated by respected forces in the international art community, film screenings and discussions, with the goal of contributing to the importance of Hong Kong as the leading Asian contemporary art hub, leading the global art conversation in Asia. Past curators who have exhibited at Duddell’s include Amelie von Wedel, MAP Office, Ai Weiwei, Inti Guerrero, Philip Tinari, Gregoir Muir together with Alia Al-Senussi and Abdullah AlTurki, Danh Vo, and included pieces from Liu Wei, Dexter Dalwood, Rodney Graham and Tsang Kin Wah. Duddell’s Art Programme is overseen by the Art Committee, which is led by cultural leaders Yana Peel, William Zhao, Chrissy Sharp and Alan Lo.

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Lui Chun Kwong Landscape No.D004 2004 Acrylic on linen 122 x 61 cm Courtesy of the artist.

The third floor of Duddell’s, while serving as the dining room for authentic Cantonese cuisine under the direction of Michelin-starred Chef Siu Hin Chi, is home to pieces from the M K Lau Collection, giving diners a unique opportunity to communicate Chinese paintings differently. On display till the end of the year isMesmerized by Ink: The Art of Two Hong Kong Masters, co-curated by Catherine Maudsley, showcasing two very individual and influential ink artists, Ding Yanyong and Lui Shou-kwan.

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