September 28, 2023


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Artist to depict Hong Kong at 2024 Venice Biennale exposed

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Artist Trevor Yeung, best known for website-precise installations working with crops and aquariums that illustrate human emotions and procedures, will symbolize Hong Kong in the 60th version of the Venice Biennale.

His appointment was declared on Tuesday by the joint presenters of the Hong Kong pavilion in Venice, the M+ museum of visible lifestyle, and the Hong Kong Arts Growth Council (HKADC).

He will be paired with curator Olivia Chow, an assistant curator at M+, for the event, which opens in the Italian metropolis on April 20, 2024.

Born in Dongguan, a factory city in China’s southern Guangdong province, in 1988, Yeung grew up in Hong Kong and graduated from the Academy of Visual Arts at Hong Kong Baptist College in 2010.

Yeung will be paired with Olivia Chow (right), an assistant curator at M+, for the 2024 Venice Biennale. Image: South Ho

His monumental 2021 perform Mr. Cuddles Less than the Eave was a person of the most eye-catching parts at the 2023 Artwork Basel Hong Kong truthful. Introduced by Blindspot Gallery, it was an installation of 13 huge Pachira aquatica plants, usually recognised as cash trees, hanging haphazardly and all tangled up from the ceiling.

The operate, representing solidarity and resilience in the course of a time of isolation and anxiousness, was initially shown at the Pinchuk Artwork Center in Kyiv, Ukraine, as section of Yeung’s nomination for the “6th Upcoming Technology Art Prize”.

Yeung has come to be a person of Hong Kong’s most lively artists internationally. The 35-calendar year-aged will have a solo exhibition at Gasworks London in September and he is also exhibiting at M+ in the same month, as 1 of 6 artists shortlisted for the 2024 Sigg Prize.

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His artwork is discovered in the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Paris Museum of Present day Art, the Sculpture Park Cologne in Germany, M+ in Hong Kong, and other establishments.

“I am beyond thankful for the chance to unveil a new overall body of function at the La Biennale di Venezia – to depict Hong Kong, my hometown at 1 of the most prestigious up to date artwork exhibitions in the globe,” Yeung reported.

“As the world adjusts to the reopening of borders and new ways of interaction soon after the pandemic, it is notably significant for me to existing new do the job affected by cross cultures and my speedy environment – to provide my eyesight abroad and link with the intercontinental artwork neighborhood.

“I appear ahead to collaborating with the M+ group led by Olivia Chow.”

Playcourt (2019), by Shirley Tse, portion of Hong Kong’s formal presentation at the 2019 Venice Biennale, of which Chow was assistant curator. Photograph: Enid Tsui
Chow, who was assistant curator of the Hong Kong exhibition in Venice in 2019 showcasing the artist Shirley Tse, claimed:

“I am enthusiastic to curate and collaborate with Trevor Yeung, an artist whose unwavering and intricate installation apply I have intently followed because the early days.

“This extraordinary opportunity will let us to carry Yeung’s daring vision to everyday living in Venice, a presentation that will ideally develop resonance with the international audience.”

I am specially delighted to see that Olivia Chow, a youthful and remarkable curator from M+ … chosen

Suhanya Raffel, director of M+

Hong Kong to start with joined the Venice Biennale in 2001, 4 many years in advance of China’s initial official participation. Given that 2013, M+ and the HKADC have been joint presenters of the “collateral event”, which lies outside the house the biennale’s formal checklist of countrywide pavilions.

For just about every edition, they jointly choose an artist and a curator to existing a solo exhibition in a historic residential setting up just exterior the entrance to the Arsenale, one of the two most important grounds for the official exhibition.

Chow will be the initially in-house curator from M+ to curate the Venice exhibition because Samson Young’s presentation in 2017. Since then, a guest curator not involved with the museum had been in charge of working with the picked artist, adhering to phone calls from local art practitioners that impartial voices be supplied a prospect to participate in the significant intercontinental showcase.

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Suhanya Raffel, director of M+, claimed Chow’s appointment was recognition that the museum, too, has played a main position in instruction youthful regional curators.

“I am particularly delighted to see that Olivia Chow, a young and fantastic curator from M+, who was the assistant curator for the 2019 edition, has been selected as the curator for Trevor Yeung’s solo exhibition,” she explained.

“This recognition truly underscores M+’s job and contribution as an significant teaching floor for local curatorial skills.”

Installation look at of “Angela Su: Crop up, Hong Kong” at the 2022 Venice Biennale. Photo: T-area studio
In 2022, artist Angela Su represented Hong Kong in the Venice Biennale. The Hong Kong return exhibit of her Venice presentation is at M+ until Oct 8.
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