This is Hong Kong

Kingsley Ng, Hung Keung, Adrian Wong, Leung Chi Wo, MAP Office, Kacey Wong, Howard Cheng Chi Lai, Linda Lai, Woo Ling Ling, Ban Zhang, Choi Sai Ho, Chow Chun Fai, Ip Yuk Yiu, Leung Mee Ping, Silas Fong

Mar 01 – Mar 31, 2010

This Is Hong Kong is a videoprogramme that presents 15 artists from Hong Kong. It reflects on the idea of politics, history, architecture, postcolonial issues and daily life in this territory. Moving image has been one of the areas favored with an intense research in the creative practice of the Hong Kong art scene, and marks a stark difference with that of mainland China, reflecting on differences in cultural background and academic training. This Is Hong Kong presents a unique visual picture of what is Hong Kong now, through an analysis from video, providing a fresh snapshot of development of the territory after postcolonial devolution in 1997.

The videoprogramme includes 16 works on video and starts with Hong Kong’s skyline in Kingsley Ng’s recreation of a light/sound score at night. Hung Keung delves us in the neighborhood of Yau Ma Tei and its underworld. Adrian Wong’s cinema engages in the rituals of the famous Chinese Triads. Meanwhile artists like Leung Chi Wo, MAP Office and Kacey Wong focus on the architectural development of the city that has created some of the most impressive designs in the world. These works partly connect also with the notion of experimental cinema, particularly Suck/Blow created by Leung Chi Wo. Howard Cheng Chi Lai builds a “tableaux” of traditional neighborhoods through the analytical work “Doors”. An intimate and personal view of Hong Kong is provided by video artists like Linda Lai and Woo Ling Ling. A more political side of Hong Kong is brought into life by Ban Zhang, whose animation searches on the notion of identity, Choi Sai Ho, who follows a political demonstration in the city, and Chow Chun Fai, reflecting on the postcolonial status of this region. Ip Yuk Yiu’s work establishes a connection with Hong Kong’s past through the film industry. Finally, Leung Mee Ping and Silas Fong dwell on the notion of the large metropolis and solitude, and inequalities of life in the big city.

After successfully being shown in LOOP Festival in Barcelona (Spain), the programme has made its trip to LOOP Alternative Space in Seoul (Korea), Hamburg's Subvision Festival, EastSide Projects (Birmingham) and Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts (Taipei). "This is a great opportunity to show at an international level the vibrant art scene of Hong Kong", comments the curator Alvaro Rodriguez Fominaya.

The Kunsthalle Wien is the exhibition institution of the City of Vienna for international contemporary art. It established itself as one of the most vital facilities for contemporary art in Vienna at two locations in the centre of the city (Karlsplatz and the MuseumsQuartier). In the interest of an expanded understanding of art, the Kunsthalle Wien emphasizes cross-genre, cross-border trends in the arts. Program highlights range from photography, video, film, and installations to new media. Large, subject-specific exhibitions present developments and correlations from Modernism to the present-day art world. Other program elements are dedicated to retrospectives of important contemporary artists and significant contributions in Austrian art after 1945.