The Venice Questionnaire #20: Lee Kit

ArtReview sent a questionnaire to a selection of the artists exhibiting in various national pavilions of the Venice Biennale, the responses to which are being published daily in May, in the run up to the Biennale opening. Lee Kit's solo exhibition for Hong Kong is being held at the Castello 2126, Campo della Tana.

What can you tell us about your plans for Venice?

The exhibition is titled ‘You (you).’, and it will be all new commissions. Most of the work will be done on site in Venice. It will consist of video, sound, performance and readymade objects. It will follow the same trajectory of my work in the past few years, but it will also bring forth some new perspective in terms of scale, form and presentation. The best possible way to sum up the exhibition is probably about how absence is reflected in the construction of places, memories and time.

Are you approaching the show in a different way to how you would with a ‘normal’ exhibition?

It’s complicated planning an exhibition on the other side of the world, especially one which is unique in the way that Hong Kong’s space in Venice is. You can only plan so much. I’m really going to be using my time in the space during May to finalise the installation. My experience working with the curatorial team is also somewhat different this time. It’s really been an on-going collaboration with them from the start, in every aspect of the exhibition/project.

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‘Men look good here, with their suits on. It befits them.’ 2008-12 Acrylic on fabric, sewing. Image courtesy of the Artist and ShugoArts‘I can’t help falling in love.’ 2012 Karaoke video, readymade objects. Image courtesy of the artist and Aike DellarcoScratching the table surface 2006-2012. Image courtesy of the artist and Vitamin Creative Space. Acrylic on plywood, readymade objects, 300 postcards.