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Second Nature

Johanna Lou 2017-04-30 14:02

There might be a number of reasons; for instance, the exotic nature of contempo - rary art makes it a little distant for locals and the lack of art gallery system leads to weak promotion of exhibitions held by local commercial galleries and institutions. So there is no concept of curation in Hong Kong. Of course, the arts play different roles in everyone’s life. The importance of curation is to connect artists and the audience by getting the audience familiar with multidi - mensional artistic perspectives in advance, and exploring their imagination and understanding so that the audience could understand the world more in depth from different dimensions and explore more possibilities and clues through the arts. An art exhibition with a specific curatorial di - rection always comes with targeted layout and ar - rangement. Curator Hans Ulrich Obrist once said, “the task of curation is to shape an interchange point where different elements collide. It can be described as an attempt of cultural communica - tion, or a process of mapping out a new direction through cities, people and the world.”


Good news came that the second space of chi art space will open at Clear Water Bay, where the non-profit organization K11 Art Foundation (KAF) will develop its long-term artistic plans and goals. Every year, KAF cooperates with local and international top artists and curators: including the London Institute of Contemporary Art, Palais de Tokyo, New Museum, and MoMA PS1. It spares no effort to allow viewers to approach more arts. The opening exhibition, Second Nature, also invited Janet Fong as its curator, with exhibited works by artists from home and abroad including the likes of Alicja Kwade, Claus Böhmler, David Altmejd, Helen Marten, Idris Khan, John Baldessari, Tony Oursler, He Chi, First Floor, Lin Xin, Lam Yau Sum, Kingsley Ng, Utopia Group and Yang Xinjia.


The curatorial inspiration comes from the geographical environment of the exhibition. With a lush mountain line behind and a row of newly built contemporary architecture on one side, here the “natural” echoes with the “artificial”. Accordingly, the exhibition is divided into two exhibition halls. The first hall highlights culture traces of the nature - history and human civilization, while the second one presents how artists reflect on the society and the rapid digital development through new media, interactive art, and contemporary art. These art works involve diverse and complex topics, which require the audience to observe, think, and consider. Different art works arranged in the same space stimulate connections between visual sense and other senses, which stresses the similarities and differences between them. Then we will further explore the significance of exhibitions.


Whether for an audience appreciating the arts, or the artists creating the arts, they are both in the process of self-reflection and self-understanding. Artists express their unique ideas through works in different forms of arts and language, so works of art turn into their own thought carriers; while the audience are also immersed in their imagination and understanding when viewing the exhibition, entering a unique state of mind. With more such interaction and communication, we hope that more people will get to understand and come closer to contemporary art.

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