I’ve been super busy recently because I joined the student journalism program Cultural Journalism Campus and was selected as one of the nine fellows in 2016. Basically, the program gave me access to the art scene during Hong Kong’s art week in March 2016, where I had the privilege to attend Art Basel, Art Central, Asia Contemporary Art Show and many other gallery openings, cocktail parties and auctions. It was a dream come true for me and it reconnected me with fine art – which has always been my passion before I started specialising in architecture.
The works and exhibitions in the photos below:
- A Path To Life solo exhibition of artist Li Yonggeng at Galerie du Monde
- Mill6 Foundation’s Social Fabric pop-up exhibition of artists Mariana Hahn and Kwan Sheung-chi at The Annex
- Statement 3: New Sculpture from Germany exhibition at Goethe-Institut Hong Kong
Art Basel 2016
My job for Cultural Journalism Campus throughout the week was to interview and report on the big names, gallerists, artists and anyone involved, which I was more than willing to do so. Art and writing – my favourites (stick food in and it’ll be even better).
We even got to meet and interview Mark Spiegler, the global director of Art Basel! I got to stand beside him in the photo we took above haha. *starstruck*
If there’s one thing I regret, it’s not being able to spend more time on the program. You guys know I study full time (and it’s the beginning of deadlines galore) and work part time, so I had to miss some lessons, take time off work and skip some events in order to do everything… mediocrely. I could’ve done better if I wasn’t so swamped, but what can you do? It was an opportunity I just could not miss!
A Path To Life
Before Art Basel 2016, the Cultural Journalism Campus fellows visited A Path To Life solo exhibition of artist Li Yonggeng at Galerie du Monde. We were led by John Batten, a Hong Kong-based writer, art critic, curator and organiser. It was a delight to meet such a big influencer in Hong Kong’s art circle and learn from him as he talked through how the gallery owners worked behind the scenes in the city.
A Path To Life really resonated with me, especially the piece I’ve featured in the picture above. It’s called Straddling, an installation by Li Yonggeng. I even wrote an art review on it.
Lastly, this year’s Cultural Journalism Campus program was kindly brought to life and highly supported by Mill6 Foundation. Social Fabric, their Spring 2016 pop-up exhibition featuring artists Mariana Hahn and Kwan Sheung-chi was held at The Annex. Throughout the week, although we, as students of the program, were free to roam around Art Basel 2016 as we pleased, we were also given one specific task we had to complete. Mine in particular was to go to the press opening of Social Fabric and to write a report on it.
Because of this, I spent much more time on this exhibition than any of my peers did, because we frequently revisited it, even at subsequent media conferences and more. I had multiple opportunities to interview the artists and the the public who were viewing the exhibition. I felt like I had a deeper understanding of the artist’s works and how the exhibition was curated as a whole.
Feel free to read my opinion piece on the exhibition and my art report publication for Cultural Journalism Campus.
Statement 3: New Sculpture From Germany
One last highlight (of many!) I’ll be writing about was the Cultural Journalism Campus team visit to Goethe-Institut Hong Kong located in Wan Chai. We were there to visit the Statement 3: New Sculpture from Germany exhibition. The curator and staff took us on a tour where we got to ask many questions about how the exhibition was put together and why they specifically included what they included.
Y’know, despite the rushed deadlines and crazy schedule, I’m really glad I took aboard this opportunity. The most eye-opening part for me was listening to the talks at Art Basel 2016, one of which had Vivienne Chow and John Batten on the stage talking about being an art writer in Hong Kong. I know that culture journalism overseas has a much bigger market than in this city, so it really smacked some sense into me about pursuing a career in this direction. Long story short, you’ll love what you do, but the salary will be measly – if you’re lucky enough to be employed. But hey, that’s why I quit Architecture and decided to do a masters in Journalism, right? I knew it was coming anyway and I have faith in myself!
Other art exhibitions you will love:
- Darren Almond: Time and Being
- M+ Sigg Collection
- Urban Regeneration: Past, Present and Future
- Weingart Typography
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