At the time of the #MeToo movement, female artists have been chosen to represent Hong Kong at the Venice Biennale and Asia Society presents an exhibition by pioneering female Chinese artist, Pan Yuliang. The Symposium will highlight the crucial role that women artists, curators and dealers play in the Hong Kong art scene. On Saturday, 17th November, Freya Chou, Curator of Para Site, will talk about “Female Artists in Asia” and together with renowned artists and researchers, will discuss the realities faced by women in the art world and the opportunities and challenges for the future.
Main Speaker | Freya Chou, Curator of Para Site
Moderator | Enid Tsui, Senior Culture Writer, South China Morning Post
Freya Chou is a curator at Para Site where she organises and oversees education and public programs since 2015. Her recent curatorial projects include Ellen Pau: What About Home Affairs? - A Retrospective (Para Site, 2018-19), Chris Evans, Pak Sheung Chuen : Two Exhibitions (Para Site, 2017), Afterwork (together with Cosmin Costinas, Inti Guerrero and Qinyi Lim; Para Site, Ilham Gallery, 2016), An Asia Survey - Bruce Yonemoto (Hong-Gah Museum, 2015), the 10th Shanghai Biennial: Social Factory (together with Anselm Franke, Cosmin Costinas and Liu Xiao, 2014-15). She was Assistant Curator of the 7th Taipei Biennial. She has written and edited many publications and contributed to periodicals. She currently lives and works in Hong Kong.
Ellen Pau started making independent short films when she was studying diagnostic radiography. She participated in films by directors like Evans Chan, Ann Hui and Barbara Wong. Independently she produced music videos for Zuni Icosahedron, Softhard and Tat Ming Pair. In the 80s, Ellen worked with video art and collaborates with different artists in many experimental multimedia performances. She has become known for her works crossing between experimental moving images, media technology and contemporary art. Her video works were shown at Venice Biennale, Asia Pacific Triennale, Kwangju Art Biennial. Beside the role of an artist, Pau has been highly active in pushing forward digital culture and creative media as a curator. She was also the founding director for Videotage, and Microwave International New Media Art Festival.
Doris Wong Wai Yin
Wong Wai Yin graduated from the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2004, and the University of Leeds, UK (Master of Fine Art) in 2005. Wong experiments with a variety of media, such as painting, sculpture, collage, installations and photography. Her work is about autobiographical experience, episodic memory and playful intervention with art history. Recent solo projects included “Without Trying.” (2016, Spring Workshop) and “A place never been seen is not a place.” (2017, Oi!)
Özge Ersoy is Public Programmes Lead at Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong. She is also Managing Editor of m-est.org, an online publication conceived as an artist-centered initiative. Ersoy contributed to publications, including The Constituent Museum (I'Internationale/Valiz, 2018), Sarkis: Respiro (Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts, 2016), Rethinking Contemporary Art and Multicultural Education (New Museum, 2014), and Speculation, Now (Vera List Center/Duke University Press, 2014). Her writings have been included in ArtAsiaPacific, Bidoun, Domus, Modern Painters, and The Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, among others. Ersoy holds an MA from the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College.
Enid joined the SCMP as Senior Culture Writer in 2015 after many years of covering business and politics in Hong Kong and London. She edited and wrote for the Financial Times and the Nikkei Asian Review, presented on RTHK Radio 3, and launched the Economist Group's first Chinese-language publication, CFO China.