The 2012 ART FUTURES award was awarded to Hong Kong artist Lee Kit for his project Something in My Hands. The USD25,000 prize is given to an emerging artist represented by a young gallery to encourage new artists and art professionals in Asia.

Awarding the ART FUTURES prize. From left to right: Roberto Ceresia, AIKE-DELLARCO, Lars Nittve, Executive Director, M+, Lee Kit, Magnus Renfrew, Fair Director, ART HK, Elaine Ng, Editor and Publisher, ArtAsiaPacific Magazine, Okwui Enwezor, Curator. Image Courtesy ART HK.

Of the 35 international galleries vying for the award, it was Shanghai-based AIKE-DELLARCO representing Hong Kong artist Lee Kit that clinched the prize. According to the press release, Lee’s conceptual installation stood out for “intertwin[ing] the use of different art forms with the notions of daily life to build up an atmosphere and create a sense of feeling for his audience.”

To strengthen the quality of the work on display in the ART FUTURES section in 2012, ART HK Director Magnus Renfrew shrank the number of exhibitors while opening it to galleries with up to eight years of experience. The judging panel was equally distinguished; it included Lars Nittve, Executive Director of M+, Kowloon’s prospective contemporary art museum, Elaine Ng, Editor and Publisher of ArtAsiaPacific and Okwui Enwezor, a Nigerian-born American curator who served as Artistic Director of the 2008 Gwangju Biennale, Documenta 11 and many other events.

Lee Kit is a multimedia artist from Hong Kong. Since graduating from the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2003 he has had solo exhibitions around the world, including in Milan, Tokyo, New York, Sydney and Wellington. He was a finalist for the Sovereign Asian Art Prize in 2009 to 10. Most recently, Art Statements Gallery in Hong Kong exhibited his installation, How to Set up an Apartment for Johnny, at Art Basel 42 in 2011. He was also part of the MoMA group exhibition “Print/Out“, a show of contemporary international print work that just ended on 14 May 2012.


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By Brittney

Brittney is a writer, curator and contemporary art gallerist. Born in Singapore and based in New York City, Brittney maintains a deep interest in the contemporary art landscape of Southeast Asia. This is combined with an equally strong interest in contemporary art from the Asian diasporas, alongside the issues of identity, transmigration and global relations.

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