Para Site presents the first exhibition to emerge out of Container Artist Residency 01.
The Container Artist Residency is an artist-in-residence programme by artist Maayan Strauss that takes place on-board commercial cargo ships. The Para Site exhibition is curated by Prem Krishnamurthy and Cosmin Costinas.
Launched at Para Site in December 2016, “Creative Operational Solutions” is the first to emerge out of the Container Artist Residency 01 and features works by Container Artist Residency 01’s artists Mari Bastashevski, Tyler Coburn, Revital Cohen & Tuur Van Balen, Erin Diebboll, Ferenc Gróf, Christopher Page and Samson Young, alongside artworks by James T. Hong, Zheng Mahler and Guo Xi & Zhang Jianling. The exhibition also includes a historical section curated by Qu Chang, which presents materials related to Hong Kong’s early history as a major shipping port and its role in the opium trade. Framing the entire residency programme, its financial underpinnings and conceptual structure, a further “meta-display” makes transparent the logistics of the project. As the press release (PDF download) explains,
Responding to both the residency and the conditions of increasing globalisation, the projects explore technology’s effects on geopolitics, the linguistics and semiotics of maritime shipping, the role of the artist as labourer, individual and collective memory, collaborations with industrial entities, and surveillance, among other themes.
The starting point of the exhibition is represented by the works of the seven residents of Container Artist Residency 01, a programme which identifies the shipping industry as a driving cultural and economic force in the contemporary world. The Residency, realised for its first edition in partnership with ZIM Integrated Shipping Services, is conceived as “a distributed artwork in the form of an institutional and operational residency that foregrounds global commerce as the artist’s own immediate work environment”.
The seven artists-in-residence were selected by the curator of the first edition, Prem Krishnamurthy (also the curator of the Para Site exhibition alongside Cosmin Costinas), together with a jury consisting of Sofía Hernández Chong Cuy, Niels Van Tomme and Xiaoyu Weng. The selected resident artists were invited to travel with a cargo vessel on a route of their choice, and provided with an on-board studio space, accommodation in a ship’s cabin, an honorarium, a return travel allowance, and a production budget with which to produce work. The show represents the next phase of the project, through which the artworks created are shown in a travelling exhibition that extends the journey begun by the participating artists to multiple audiences.
“Creative Operational Solutions” runs from 10 December 2016 to 26 February 2017 at Para Site, Hong Kong.
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