For the second exhibition of MILL6, two young artists, Berlin-based Mariana Hahn, who last year took up MILL’s artist residency in Hong Kong, and Kwan Sheung Chi, who was born here, have specially created new works. These both confront specific elements within the art, culture, and political ecology of the region. Yet, this is not an exhibition that reflects only the myths and realities of Hong Kong: the rumbustious story of its colonial past, as well as the wavering uncertainty of its uber-materialist present, also resonate strongly in experience elsewhere. In different ways, both Hahn and Kwan pick up on this in their work and, in spite of obvious differences in their education and upbringing, their work has certain parallels.
Knowing Hong Kong intimately, Kwan has approached his subject slowly and cautiously. Analyzing it like an apothecary, he has distilled from its fabric a laconic essence. Who knows if this may have curative powers? But its scent lingers hauntingly in the memory.
Coming from afar, Hahn’s imagination has fired on an operatic scale. Building on her knowledge of the silk weaving women of Guangdong and the surviving fishermen of Lantau Island, she has teased out the threads of her experience to weave them into networks of mythic connection. As a result she represents a world that, while many may suspect that it exists, very few will actually have experienced.
David Elliott, Curator
Public Event: Conversation with David Elliott, Mariana Hahn and Kwan Sheung Chi
The event will be conducted in English. Limited seating. RSVP is essential.
3 – 4pm
2016.03.22 – 2016.04.21
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