Artist Samson Young and Curator Ying Kwok to collaborate for Hong Kong at Venice Biennale 2017

The Hong Kong sound artist will present new work for Hong Kong’s participation at the 57th Venice Biennale.

Hong Kong’s presentation at the next Venice Biennale will see the collaboration of M+ and HKADC for the third time in a row, with a solo exhibition of Samson Young’s work curated by local curator Ying Kwok.

Samson Young. Image courtesy M+ and WKCDA.

Samson Young. Image courtesy M+ and WKCDA.

The announcement was published in mid-July, just prior to the completion of the M+ Pavilion in Hong Kong. As the West Kowloon Cultural District and M+ continue their development and ascent in the Hong Kong and global art world, the Hong Kong Arts Development Council (HKADC) has renewed its commitment to support M+ and WKCD’s endeavours. For the third time in a row since 2013, HKADC will collaborate with M+ in the national presentation of Hong Kong art at the Venice Biennale.

In the press release, Dr Wilfred Wong, Chairman of HKADC was quoted as saying:

Building on the successful collaborations in the last two Venice Biennales, HKADC and M+ are again ready to contribute our resources and expertise to promoting outstanding Hong Kong visual artist in the 57th Biennale.

Hong Kong curator Ying Kwok. Image courtesy M+ and WKCDA.

Hong Kong curator Ying Kwok. Image courtesy M+ and WKCDA.

Hong Kong sound artist Samson Young was recommended by M+ and endorsed by HKADC’s Venice Art Biennale Working Group as the artist to represent Hong Kong at the international biennial event in 2017. Young will work with an M+ guest curator, Ms Ying Kwok, a widely respected Hong Kong-based curator, to develop the collateral exhibition.

Mr Doryun Chong, Deputy Director and Chief Curator, and Acting Director, M+, who was a co-curator with Stella Fong for the 2015 edition, will serve as consulting curator. Mr Chong is quoted in the press release as commenting:

We are honored and pleased to co-present with HKADC Hong Kong’s participation in the Venice Biennale for the third time. I am proud of what we at M+ accomplished in the last two Biennales with one-person presentations of Hong Kong artists—Lee Kit in 2013 and Tsang Kin-Wah in 2015—both in terms of the polished, professional exhibitions and in successfully raising the profiles of the artists as well as the international understanding of the Hong Kong contemporary art scene in general. I am confident that we will have yet another successful presentation, which will also be a vital opportunity for growth for Mr Samson Young’s critically respected practice.

Samson Young's BMW Art Journey, France, l’Église de Saint-Martin, Vigouroux/Cantal Area, The Bells. © BMW Rekorder | BMW Art Journey

Samson Young’s BMW Art Journey, France, l’Église de Saint-Martin, Vigouroux/Cantal Area, The Bells. © BMW Rekorder | BMW Art Journey

Samson Young (b. 1979, Hong Kong) is a cutting-edge sound artist known for his genre-shifting projects that use sound and music to alter and enhance our perception of reality. He is a composer with a PhD in Music from Princeton University, an award-winning multimedia digital sound artist, and a scholar and art theorist with numerous publications to his name.

In 2015 he won the inaugural BMW Art Journey with his project ““For Whom the Bell Tolls: A Journey into the Sonic History of Conflict”, which he completed and presented at Art Basel Hong Kong 2016.

Blouin ArtInfo recently profiled five of his outstanding works that have propelled his artistic career since he won the 2007 Bloomberg Emerging Artists Award with a collaborative work with Christopher Lau.

Click here to read more about Samson Young on Art Radar.

More recent announcements of Venice Biennale 2017 participations

In addition to our coverage of Tehching Hsieh’s participation in the 57th Venice Biennale, recent announcements from Asia-Pacific include the New Zealand Pavilion with an exhibition entitled “Emissaries” by Pacific artist Lisa Reihana, the Australian Pavilion with Tracey Moffatt and curated by Natalie King, and Cevdet Erek’s solo exhibition for the Turkish Pavilion.

Click here for more Art Radar coverage of the upcoming 57th Venice Biennale.

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