Photo Gallery: Southeast Asian artists in “Mekong – New Mythologies”, Hong Kong Arts Centre

“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.

Aung Ko, 'H.u.m.m.m.m., Thuye’dan village performance, upper Burma 2007', 2012, C-print still, 66.6 x 100 cm, edition 2 of 3; single channel video, 9min:10'sec. Image courtesy the artist and Primo Marella Gallery.

Aung Ko, ‘H.u.m.m.m.m., Thuye’dan village performance, upper Burma 2007’, 2012, C-print still, 66.6 x 100 cm, edition 2 of 3; single channel video, 9min:10’sec. Image courtesy the artist and Primo Marella Gallery.

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.

Cao Fei, 'Live in RMB City', 2009, Machinima, 24min:50'sec (exhibition copy). Image courtesy the artist and Image courtesy of the artist and Vitamin Creative Space.

Cao Fei, ‘Live in RMB City’, 2009, Machinima, 24min:50’sec (exhibition copy). Image courtesy the artist and Vitamin Creative Space.

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).

David Medalla, 'The Phoenix is flying to Venice with Chuang –Tzu', 2017, ink on paper, 29.7 x 21 cm. Image courtesy the artist.

David Medalla, ‘The Phoenix is flying to Venice with Chuang –Tzu’, 2017, ink on paper, 29.7 x 21 cm. Image courtesy the artist.

Richard Streitmatter-Tran, 'The Jungle Book – The Terrain of the Real Fake', 2009, photo installation, dimensions variable (exhibition copy). Image courtesy the artist.

Richard Streitmatter-Tran, ‘The Jungle Book – The Terrain of the Real Fake’, 2009, photo installation, dimensions variable (exhibition copy). Image courtesy the artist.

MAP Office, 'Hong Kong Is Land' (detail), 2014, drawing printed on 350gsm Hahnemühle bright white paper (set of 8 drawings), 90 x 330 cm, Edition 3 of 5 (Set of 8 drawings,#1 and #8, 90 x 45 cm each; #2 – #7, 90 x 40 cm Each). Image courtesy the artists.

MAP Office, ‘Hong Kong Is Land’ (detail), 2014, drawing printed on 350gsm Hahnemühle bright white paper (set of 8 drawings), 90 x 330 cm, edition 3 of 5 (set of 8 drawings, #1 and #8, 90 x 45 cm each; #2 – #7, 90 x 40 cm each). Image courtesy the artists.

Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook , 'Two Planets: Manet’s Luncheon on the Grass and the Thai Villagers', 2008, single channel video, 15min:53sec, edition of 5. Image courtesy the artist and Tyler Rollins Fine Art.

Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook , ‘Two Planets: Manet’s Luncheon on the Grass and the Thai Villagers’, 2008, single channel video, 15min:53sec, edition of 5. Image courtesy the artist and Tyler Rollins Fine Art.

Heman Chong, 'Things that remain unwritten #92', 2017, acrylic on canvas, 61 x 46 cm. Image courtesy the artist.

Heman Chong, ‘Things that remain unwritten #92’, 2017, acrylic on canvas, 61 x 46 cm. Image courtesy the artist.

Dinh Q. Lê, 'We Were Once Warriors Fusion Maia Resort - Da Nang', 2015, photograph, 30 x 40 in, edition of 5 + 2AP. Image courtesy the artist and 10 Chancery Lane Gallery.

Dinh Q. Lê, ‘We Were Once Warriors Fusion Maia Resort – Da Nang’, 2015, photograph, 30 x 40 in, edition of 5 + 2AP. Image courtesy the artist and 10 Chancery Lane Gallery.

Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan, 'InHabit' (from the project "Another Country Series"), 2017, collagraph, collage, copper plate on Saunders paper, 61 x 76.5 x 2.5 cm. Image courtesy the artists and STPI (Singapore Tyler Print Institute).

Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan, ‘InHabit’ (from the project “Another Country Series”), 2017, collagraph, collage, copper plate on Saunders paper, 61 x 76.5 x 2.5 cm. Image courtesy the artists and STPI (Singapore Tyler Print Institute).

Leung Chi Wo, 'Untitled (Blue Water)', 2014, archival inkjet print, set of 4, each 32 x 48 cm, edition 1 of 5. Image courtesy the artist.

Leung Chi Wo, ‘Untitled (Blue Water)’, 2014, archival inkjet print,
set of 4, each 32 x 48 cm, edition 1 of 5. Image courtesy the artist.

Leang Seckon, 'Double Refugee', 2015, mixed media on canvas, 40 x 50 cm. Image courtesy the artist and Rossi and Rossi.

Leang Seckon, ‘Double Refugee’, 2015, mixed media on canvas, 40 x 50 cm. Image courtesy the artist and Rossi and Rossi.

Naiza Khan, 'The Land was Once Free', 2015, etching on Somerset paper, 57 x 76 cm, edition 4 of 18. Image courtesy the artist and Rossi and Rossi.

Naiza Khan, ‘The Land was Once Free’, 2015, etching on Somerset paper, 57 x 76 cm, edition 4 of 18. Image courtesy the artist and Rossi and Rossi.

Vong Phaophanit and Claire Oboussier, 'The night is immenser than its hours. Pure memory is bigger than its borders.', 2017, Giclée inkjet print on archival fine art paper, 41 x 120 cm, edition 3 of 20. Image courtesy the artists.

Vong Phaophanit and Claire Oboussier, ‘The night is immenser than its hours. Pure memory is bigger than its borders.’, 2017, Giclée inkjet print on archival fine art paper, 41 x 120 cm, edition 3 of 20. Image courtesy the artists.

Tuan Andrew Nguyen, 'Nine Dragons Rivers 1 [left] and Nine Dragons Rivers 2 [right]', 2017, epoxy resin and space blanket, 80 cm diameter. Image courtesy the artist and 10 Chancery Lane Gallery.

Tuan Andrew Nguyen, ‘Nine Dragons Rivers 1 [left] and
Nine Dragons Rivers 2 [right]’, 2017, epoxy resin and space blanket, 80 cm diameter. Image courtesy the artist and 10 Chancery Lane Gallery.

Robert Zhao Renhui, 'Looking for the Mekong Giant Catfish', 2017, archival pigment print, 74 x 111 cm, edition 1 of 2 + 1 AP. Image courtesy the artist.

Robert Zhao Renhui, ‘Looking for the Mekong Giant Catfish’, 2017, archival pigment print, 74 x 111 cm, edition 1 of 2 + 1 AP. Image courtesy the artist.

Samson Young, 'Liquid Borders III (Yuen Long & Lok Ma Chau)' (detail), 2014, drawing on hand drum, graphical notation, 28 x 40 cm (set of 2). Image courtesy the artists and William Lim - Living Collection.

Samson Young, ‘Liquid Borders III (Yuen Long & Lok Ma Chau)’ (detail), 2014, drawing on hand drum, graphical notation, 28 x 40 cm (set of 2). Image courtesy the artists and William Lim – Living Collection.

Vandy Rattana, 'Fire Of The Year 7', 2008, C-print photograph, 90 x 60 cm, edition 2 of 4. Image courtesy the artist.

Vandy Rattana, ‘Fire Of The Year 7’, 2008, C-print photograph, 90 x 60 cm, edition 2 of 4. Image courtesy the artist.

Ho Tzu Nyen, 'G for Ghost(writers)', 2017, 3 lenticular prints, 18 x 32 cm. Image courtesy the artist and Asia Art Archive.

Ho Tzu Nyen, ‘G for Ghost(writers)’, 2017, 3 lenticular prints, 18 x 32 cm. Image courtesy the artist and Asia Art Archive.

 

“Mekong – New Mythologies” runs at Pao Galleries, Hong Kong Arts Centre, from 5 to 21 May 2017.

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