Leung Chi Wo will participate in Art|Basel Hong Kong 2016 with his latest series Music in 1967, which illustrates the artist’s cross-discipline practice that is often based on extensive research concerning cultural identities, social and political phenomenon, belief system and the ambivalence of history. A collection of light boxes and photo installations consisting of images, texts and sound, the series is inspired by the 1967 anti-colonial riots backed by the communists in Hong Kong. The Beatles’ songs make a faint backdrop to the works, which recalls Western pop music being played in public spaces by the government during the riots to counter Chinese communist propaganda broadcasted on the streets. The work relies on research from newspaper coverage, vernacular photographs, and interviews and correspondences with retired policemen involved in combating the movement. Playing with the disparities between the media, private and official documentations, Music in 1967 contemplates the contradictions between history and collective memory.
Trevor Yeung will participate in Art|Basel Hong Kong 2016 with his newest work The Artichoke Eater and selected works from his ongoing series Enigma. Yeung’s art practice incorporates botanic and aquatic ecology, horticulture, photography and installation. The Artichoke Eater is a collection of photographs and videos documenting the eating of an artichoke from peeling its prickly exteriors to savoring its soft interiors, and it is inspired by Yeung’s personal experience of witnessing someone eat the plant in this way which he describes as intimidating yet extremely enchanting. The work reveals the artist’s internalising the experience through filming others and himself engaged in the same act, where the interaction between human and plant is one of nurturing as well as consumption with erotic undertones. As a major subject of his art practice and personal interest, the elevation of one’s appreciation of plant also underlies the two Island installations from the Enigma series. Also on display are two Fish Mouth installations from the same series, where the images of fish in a frozen pond convey a sense of covert intimidation that resonates in other works by Yeung.
Zhang Xiao will present his latest work Since there is a dream in Art|Basel Hong Kong 2016. In a similar vein as some of Zhang’s previous works, Since there is a dream presents fragments of a physical, social and cultural landscape that shifts and blurs in the mind of the mass as well as the artist. A photograph of a Tiananmen Square replica, taken by Zhang in his hometown, was installed onto souvenir wall clocks made for two long-time popular CCTV shows. The installation evokes many Chinese people’s dreams of grandeur that are symbolised by appearing on TV or having a photograph of themselves taken at Tiananmen Square. While these dreams have lost some of their glory through the eras, Zhang’s work highlights the remnants of such dreams that many Chinese still hold on to and their essential fakeness.