Golden Heights Estate: Talks by WHW, Daniela Ortiz, Maha Maamoun

Feb 27 – Mar 04, 2014

Talk by What, How & for Whom/WHW
Thursday, February 27th, 2014
19:30 – 21:00 hrs
A Space, Asia Art Archive
10/F Hollywood Centre, 233 Hollywood Road
Sheung Wan, Hong Kong

Talk by Daniela Ortiz
Saturday, March 1st, 2014
14:30 – 16:00 hrs,
Para Site G/F,4 Po Yan Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong

Talk by Maha Maamoun
Tuesday, March 4th, 2014
12:30 – 14:00 hrs,
A Space, Asia Art Archive
10/F Hollywood Centre, 233 Hollywood Road
Sheung Wan, Hong Kong

Para Site is pleased to present a series of talks and presentations on 27 Feburary, 1 and 4 March, coinciding with the opening on 28 February of the exhibition Golden Heights Estate.

The exhibition is curated by What, How & for Whom/WHW and Para Site.

Talk by What, How & for Whom/WHW Thursday, February 27th, 2014 19:30 – 21:00 hrs A Space, Asia Art Archive 10/F Hollywood Centre, 233 Hollywood Road Sheung Wan, Hong Kong Members of curatorial collective What, How & for Whom/WHW (Ivet Ćurlin, Ana Dević and Sabina Sabolović) are presenting Meeting Points 7:Ten thousand wiles and a hundred thousand tricks, a series of successive exhibitions taking place in Zagreb, Croatia; Antwerp, Belgium; Hong Kong; Moscow, Russia; Beirut, Lebanon; Cairo, Egypt and Vienna, Austria in 2013-14, Meeting Points 7 was prompted by the unfinished social and political processes of the Arab revolutions and the reconfiguration of capitalism throughout the world. It evolves as a continual dialogue in which non-linear chapters digress, take over, continue, complete and contradict each other, playing with possibilities and exploring the limits of what an exhibition can convey in testing political times across neighboring and divergent spaces.

The talk looks into different iterations of the project and its conceptual meandering, and present concrete artworks, having in mind broader questions of cultural representation, strategies of withdrawal, flight, silence, and responsibility.

Talk by Daniela Ortiz Saturday, March 1st, 2014 14:30 – 16:00 hrs Para Site G/F , 4 Po Yan Street Sheung Wan, Hong Kong Presenting Maids Room, Golden Heights Estate artist Daniela Ortiz speaks about her research into the spatial ratio in houses that belong to the upper class in Lima, Peru. Her study looks at the arquitectura de servicio (service architecture), the space given to live–in domestic workers. Using plans that she gathered from 60 houses built between 1930 and 2012, Ortiz presents a comparative analysis on the spatial allocation of the domestic worker’s bedroom against that of other rooms within the house and the placement of the bedroom within the entire domestic space. Daniela Ortiz (b. 1985, Peru) is an artist who lives and works in Barcelona, Spain. Her work aims to create the spaces of tension for exploring the conceptions of race, class, nationality and gender, in order to analyse social behavior as a structure based on inclusion and exclusion. Recently, a number of investigations and projects that she developed are revolving around migration. Past projects and exhibitions include ARCO 2013, Madrid; N.N. 15.518, La Capella, Barcelona and White Africa, L'Aparador, Museo Abelló, Mollet del Vallès.

Talk by Maha Maamoun Tuesday, March 4th, 2014 12:30 – 14:00 hrs A Space, Asia Art Archive 10/F Hollywood Centre, 233 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong Working primarily through photography and video, Maha Maamoun talks with curator Qinyi Lim about the development of her works, starting from Domestic Tourism II, presented in The Floating Eternity Project at Para Site (September-November 2013) and continuing with her most recent works, looking at the aftermath and recurring effects of the Arab Spring, such as Shooting Stars Remind Me of Eavesdroppers, featured in Golden Heights Estate. Maha Maamoun (b. 1972, California) lives and works in Cairo, Egypt. Working mainly through the mediums of photography and video, Maamoun often starts from generic visual representations of Cairo to explore how these intersect with and are negotiated by personal experiences. Maamoun's work has been shown in biennials and exhibitions including: Homeworks 5 – Beirut (2010), Sharjah Biennial 9 (2009); Global Cities - Tate Modern (2007); 10th Venice Biennale of Architecture (2006); DAK’ART 6 (2004); 5th Biennale of African Photography – Bamako (2003). She was co-curator of PhotoCairo3 (2005). Maamoun is one of the founding members of CiC - The Contemporary Image Collective - a space for contemporary art and culture in Cairo.

Venue is kindly supported by Asia Art Archive.