Mission/Vision: an artistic dialogue with religion

Tozer PAK Sheung-chuen, KO Man-ho, Evelyna Yee-woo LIANG, CHAN Kai-yin

Oct 05 – Oct 21, 2001

Para/Site Art Space is pleased to present a thematic exhibition Mission/ Vision - an artistic dialogue with religion featuring new work by Tozer PAK Sheung-chuen, KO Man-ho, Evelyna Yee-woo LIANG and CHAN Kai-yin, re-considering a major topic in the world history of art that, however, is rare in local art discourse in this fast-paced economic society.

"Religious art dead?"

From the medieval cathedrals, paintings and sculptures of Renaissance to the Dunhuang grottos and mural paintings in various Chinese tombs and temples, religion had been a most generous patron of art. Religious subject matters have always been legitimate as accomplished in the myriad of masterpieces in the history of art.

Although, we have an impression of religious art as cultural artifacts of a glorious past, why does it seem so detached from contemporary art? Would it be that most artists nowadays are faithless? Or, is there lack of contemporary vocabulary for expressing religious ideas in art besides conventional symbolism.

All four participating artists in Mission/ Vision are either Christians or Buddhists. As contemporary artists, they employ diverse artistic languages. Nevertheless, their share of religious experience provides a common platform to view their work and to investigate the comtemporaneity of "religious art".

This exhibition is curated by Anthony Leung and Chan Kai-yin, and is supported by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council. A catalogue including essays by curators, artist statements and biographies will be published for the exhibition.