September 07 – October 26, 2012
Curated by Eleanor Heartney
Artists: Pak Sheung Chuen, Teresa Kwong, Bing Lee, Annysa Ng, Samson Young, and Kaho Albert Yu
Opening Reception: Friday, September 7, 6-8PM
Artists & Curatorial Tak: Saturday, September 8, 3-6PM
A panel discussion co-hosted with Asian/Pacific/American Institute at New York University, moderated by Eleanor Heartney. The panelist are Alexandra Chang, Director of Public Programs and Research Manager at A/P/A Institute at New York University, Jane DeBevoise, Chair of Asia Art Archive, New York and Hong Kong, and Tomato Grey artists.
ISE Cultural Foundation is pleased to present “No Trans-national -Liquid borders and Empty Promises,” curated by Eleanor Heartney.
Long a city of trade and finance, Hong Kong is now discovering a new role as “Asia’s art capital” (BBC News, March 2012). The city became the world’s third largest art auction market after New York and London in 2007, and since 2008 has been home to one of the most successful contemporary art fair in Asia. But Hong Kong has not always been taken as seriously as an arts destination: until recently, there had been little critical and artistic interest in the work of Hong Kong artists. No Trans-national – Liquid borders and Empty Promises will be the second ever exhibition to take place in New York City that is devoted entirely to the art of this emerging Asian art capital.
This ambitious exhibition takes as its curatorial point of departure Hong Kong’s ambiguous cultural relationship with Mainland China. Some 15 years after reunification, the majority of people in Hong Kong still consider themselves “Hong Kong-ers” instead of “Chinese” according to a recent poll conducted by the University of Hong Kong. Artists featured in this exhibition collectively re-imagine the per-mutable threshold line that separates these two regions; through acts of creativity, the artists of No Trans-nationalism seek to re-assess, reconstruct and deconstruct the Hong Kong-China border, to reveal its limits and unveil its hidden political agenda.