The BMW Art Journey announced the 2016 shortlist at Art Basel Hong Kong.

Now at its third edition, the BMW Art Journey has announced the three artists shortlist from Art Basel Hong Kong’s Discovery sector, including British artist Abigail Reynolds, Iranian Newsha Tavakolian and Filipino Alvin Zafra.

Production shots of Samson Young's 'So You Are Old by the Time You Reach the Island'. © Man Wing Leung, Dennis. Image courtesy BMW Art Journey | Art Basel.

Samson Young, ‘So You Are Old by the Time You Reach the Island’, 2016, production shots. © Man Wing Leung, Dennis. Image courtesy BMW Art Journey | Art Basel.

Announced at Art Basel Hong Kong on 23 March 2016, the new BMW Art Journey shortlist includes three artists from the art fair’s Discovery sector, which presents the work of emerging artists from across the globe. The BMW Art Journey, which Hong Kong sound artist Samson Young won in 2015, enables emerging artists to undertake a journey of their own choice to develop new ideas and create new projects. It was launched in 2015 as a collaboration between BMW and Art Basel, to support emerging artists across the globe, whose work is presented in the Art Basel Hong Kong’s Discovery sector and Miami Beach’s Positions.

The shortlists are selected by two expert judging panels, and the three artists are invited to submit their proposals. The Hong Kong jury comprises, among others, Richard Armstrong, Director Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, Claire Hsu, Director Asia Art Archive, and
 Pauline J. Yao, Curator Visual Art M+, Hong Kong.

The winner for Miami Beach, Henning Fehr and Philipp Rühr (represented by Galerie Max Mayer, Dusseldorf), were announced in February, while for Hong Kong it will be revealed in early summer.

Abigail Reynolds. Image courtesy the artist.

Abigail Reynolds. Image courtesy the artist.

Cornwall-based Abigail Reynolds studied English Literature at Oxford University and Fine Art at Goldsmiths College. She creates collages, sculptures, films and prints inspired by books. Her ideas are based on reportage photography books, her interest in networks of association and how our sense of time is affected by technology. At Art Basel in Hong Kong, Reynolds has incorporated a large-scale sculpture with sourced images printed onto glass.

Newsha Tavakolian. Image courtesy Prince Claus Fund. © Frank van Beek

Newsha Tavakolian. Image courtesy Prince Claus Fund. © Frank van Beek.

Tehran-based photojournalist and artist Newsha Tavakolian (b. 1981) has produced photo documentaries in Iran, Iraq, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Pakistan and Yemen, and is internationally recognised for her work published in magazines and newspapers such as Time, Der Spiegel, Le Monde and The New York Times.

Newsha Tavakolian, Mahud, 'climbing the wall of the abandoned empty swimming pool, which is the only quiet place he can find to practice singing', 2014. Image courtesy the artist and Thomas Erben Gallery, New York.

Newsha Tavakolian, ‘Mahud, climbing the wall of the abandoned empty swimming pool, which is the only quiet place he can find to practice singing’, 2014. Image courtesy the artist and Thomas Erben Gallery, New York.

At Art Basel in Hong Kong she documents the lives of nine Tehran residents in a photographic installation combining a wall-size scenery with a large video screen and photographs of varying sizes. The installation is drawn from her exhibition and book Blank pages of an Iranian photo album.

Alvin Zafra. Photo by Mark L. Bugante.

Alvin Zafra. Photo: Mark L. Bugante.

Filipino Alvin Zafra (b. 1978, Quezon City) graduated from the College of Fine Arts at the University of the Philippines in 2000 and won the Dominador Castaneda Award for Visual Essay. At Art Basel Hong Kong, Zafra explores two different cities and their architectures, presenting drawings based on photographs from the National Capital Region of the Philippines and Hanover, Germany.

Alvin Zafra, 'Aurora', 2016, limestone on sandpaper, 65.2 x 85.6 cm. Image courtesy the artist.

Alvin Zafra, ‘Aurora’, 2016, limestone on sandpaper, 65.2 x 85.6 cm. Image courtesy the artist.

The BMW Art Journey 2016 multimedia walk: Samson Young

Hong Kong artist Samson Young won the inaugural BMW Art Journey in 2015 and went on to realise For Whom the Bell Tolls, a sixty-day trip around the globe, during which the artist researched and recorded numerous bells, compiling an extensive archive of bell recordings and a series of bell sound sketches on paper.

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

Samson Young, ‘For Whom The Bell Tolls’, 2015, France, l’Église de Saint-Martin, Vigouroux/Cantal Area. © BMW Rekorder | BMW Art Journey.

The project centred on bells as “sonorous objects and as ideological, political, and religious emblems of their respective communities”. As quoted in a press release, Young said of his journey:

During my 2015 BMW Art Journey, I traveled to eleven countries on five continents, frequently alone. So now it is all the more exciting to add this new dimension to the journey, in the city I call my home, surrounded by friends, artistic collaborators, and visitors. In the past year, I have developed a deeper appreciation for the cultural and psychological meanings of travel, and I hope that through this experience, participants of the sound walk will share this understanding.

Samson Young's BMW Art Journey, Morocco, Fez (Medina), The Process. © BMW Rekorder | BMW Art Journey

Samson Young, Morocco, Fez (Medina), 2015. © BMW Rekorder | BMW Art Journey.

During Art Basel Hong Kong 2016 edition, Young presented an extension of his 2015 project, a multimedia walk entitled So You Are Old by the Time You Reach the Island. The public artwork comprises the recordings and interviews collected over the 2015 journey as a major element. The walk led participants on a 45-minute journey through the streets of Admiralty and Wan Chai districts in Hong Kong. The time and site-specific experience weaves together institutional histories of place with fictions and personal narratives, through films, audio tracks, on-site FM radio broadcasts, live actions and installation elements dispersed along the route.

C. A. Xuan Mai Ardia

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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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