“Mekong – New Mythologies” at Hong Kong Arts Centre features the work of 18 Southeast Asian artists.
“Mekong – New Mythologies” runs at Pao Galleries, Hong Kong Arts Centre, until 21 May 2017. The exhibition is conceptualised by MAP Office and HKAC’s Laure Raibaut, and inspired by the research of Ho Chi Minh City-based artist Richard Streitmatter-Tran.
The exhibition “Mekong – New Mythologies” unfolds various ecological, social and political issues and legends around the Mekong and other liquid territories of Southeast Asia. On display in the Pao Galleries of Hong Kong Arts Centre as part of Le French May 2017, the show’s concept comes from a collaboration between MAP Office and Laure Raibaut of HKAC, and was inspired by the research undertaken by Ho Chi Minh City-based artist Richard Streitmatter-Tran, whose work is also part of the exhibition.
“Mekong – New Mythologies” blurs the boundaries between fact and fiction, exploring cultural legends that have formed around geographical positions and political dimensions, inspired by ancient folklore and mythologies and contemporary tales and experiences. According to the organisers, in this “territory”, an “ecosystem of mountains, oceans, jungles, and rivers”, there are “mysterious, curious beings that co-exist, mostly in harmony, with humankind”. They expand about the exhibition in the press release:
The Mekong and its surrounding regions form such a liquid territory. Mekong – New Mythologies proposes to navigate and explore the unique specificities in relation to South-East Asia and its territorial waters, and to determine whether this dissemination of land is directing a new reading of contemporary art in the region. […] Through the presentation of subjective histories between the artists and their environment, the exhibition takes a multi-pronged examination into how liquid geography reinvents the region’s borders, identity, historical sagas and its future.
The exhibition Mekong – New Mythologies comprises sculpture, installations, projections, drawings and photographs by 18 Southeast Asian artists, including: Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan (the Philippines), Cao Fei (China), Heman Chong (Singapore), Ho Tzu Nyen (Singapore), Naiza Khan (Pakistan), Aung Ko (Burma), Leang Seckon (Cambodia), Leung Chi Wo (Hong Kong), MAP Office (Hong Kong), David Medalla (the Philippines), Tuan Andrew Nguyen (Vietnam), Vong Phaophanit and Claire Oboussier (Laos/UK), Dinh Q. Le (Vietnam), Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook (Thailand), Richard Streitmatter-Tran (Vietnam), Vandy Rattana (Cambodia), Samson Young (Hong Kong) and Robert Zhao Renhui (Singapore).
“Mekong – New Mythologies” runs at Pao Galleries, Hong Kong Arts Centre, from 5 to 21 May 2017.
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