Hong Kong Artists Seek USD300,000 in Crowd-funding to Bring Largest-Ever Internationally staged Hong Kong Art Exhibition to Life
More than 16 Hong Kong and Chinese artists have collaborated to bring The 14th Factory, an independent, immersive and groundbreaking contemporary art experience to life on New York City’s Wall Street this April. With over 30 artists in total and 14 organically linked installations, the 150,000 sq. ft. educational and interactive exhibition is set to be one of the largest international art projects this year and the largest ever internationally staged Art Exhibition by a Hong Kong artist.
Hong Kong artist Simon Birch kicked off the project with the initial start-up sum of HKD1 million. “The vision behind The 14th Factory was to support Hong Kong artists on an international level, and what greater platform than Wall Street, New York. Hong Kongers are showing that they are proud of their home grown artists by backing this ambitious, socially engaged project.”
The project, which has been three years in the making, was almost stalled due to lack of funds and consequently, the artists have reached out to the Hong Kong community for support. The response from Hong Kongers has been resoundingly supportive towards the exciting exhibition – with over USD900,000 raised in the last week alone.
With only USD300,000 left to obtain, participating artists are taking meetings throughout Art Week, as Hong Kongers reflect on the possibilities of their great cities’ cultural offerings. Funds to date have come from a mixture of local art supporters, businesspersons and philanthropists.
More about The 14th Factory
The not for profit exhibition transforming the historic J.P. Morgan building at 23 Wall Street was born out of the Hong Kong art scene and alludes to the “Thirteen Factories” of Canton, designated Western trading quarters that formed a complex platform for the West’s sometimes violent interactions with China in the eighteenth century. The “fourteenth” factory signifies a lost or imagined space, through which Artistic Director Simon Birch and the community of artists reclaim the fundamental purpose of a “factory” – as a place of meaningful production, new possibilities and regeneration. As a whole, the exhibition represents the cyclical expansion and contraction of empires, the rise and fall of our own lives, and how from the most terrifying ordeal, or potential for collapse, can come the most beautiful transformation. The exhibition asks the question what happens next?
Colossal in scale, The 14th Factory takes viewers on a journey through massive sculptures, video environments, otherworldly landscapes and live performance art. Collaborators include the Beijing-based visual and performance artists Cang Xin Li; Hong Kong artist and designer Stanley Wong; photographer Wing Shya; New York composer Gary Gunn; Irish film director Scott Carthy; and urban planner and landscape designer Lily Kwong, among many other artists.
The exhibition is a unique opportunity for visitors of Wall Street to trade in bi-cultural ideas as the art is stemmed in Hong Kong history. A complimentary syllabus by education partner Center for Arts Education (centerforartsed.org) will also enable the next generation of artists and thinkers to learn and explore.
For further information about the exhibition please visit www.the14thfactory.com or pledge support via: