【Hong Kong Arts Centre】&【Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (Toronto)】Jointly Presented Beyond Borders: Reshaping the Ordinaries of Hong Kong@Toronto
Jointly Presented by
【Hong Kong Arts Centre】&【Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (Toronto)】
Beyond Borders: Reshaping the Ordinaries of Hong Kong
Toronto: 30 May – 28 June 2022
The Oval & Upper Oval, Yorkville Village
55 Avenue Road, Toronto, Canada
Jointly presented by the Hong Kong Arts Centre (HKAC) and the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (Toronto), Beyond Borders: Reshaping the Ordinaries of Hong Kong is a contemporary Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) exhibition which will be held on 30 May in Toronto this year, and is an extension of last year’s Transformative Chic – The Everlasting Cheongsam Exhibition curated by the HKAC. This year we hope to make another entry under the theme of “Beyond Borders”, to continue promoting cultural exchanges through exhibiting more contemporary ICH artworks to the community in Canada, reshaping the ordinaries of Hong Kong and sharing how ICH can integrate into our daily lives.
In this exhibition, we will be bringing our visitors 3 out of the total 480 Hong Kong ICH items, including ‘galvanised iron product making technique’, ‘paper crafting technique’ and ‘Cheongsam sewing technique’, fusing new and contemporary elements with cultural heritage, showcasing the charm and uniqueness of Hong Kong culture from the artworks. Audience will be taken further to understand how Hong Kong’s traditional galvanised iron work has its contribution to the coffee-drinking culture in Hong Kong’s context, and how the artist takes the Chinese paper-crafted lion head, the traditionally male-dominant ICH item, to explore femininity and many other possibilities. Moreover, we will refresh our audience perception about Cheongsam which are scaled down to miniatures and are created with inspiration of Hong Kong cultural motifs, allowing the audience to know more about the ‘made in Hong Kong’ story.
Ms. Connie Lam, Executive Director of the Hong Kong Arts Centre, said, “Those select ICH items will let audience gain a better understanding of the cultural and traditional stories of Hong Kong through the eyes of a local and experience these unique historical moments under a contemporary setting. We hope that this will be a fantastic opportunity to inspire new interpretations for these traditional concepts. In fact, HKAC was initiated with an aim to preserve, promote, redefine and revitalize the ICH of Hong Kong by means of a holistic model that integrates ‘Education’, ‘Revitalization’ and ‘Investigation’ as well as ‘Curating and Audience-building’ since 2018. By coining the title ‘ICH+’ attempt to rebrand the ICH items by presenting a brand new concept of ‘Contemporary ICH’ with the plus sign implying the infinite possibilities of the evolvement of such Contemporary ICH.”
The three Hong Kong artists participating in the Toronto exhibition are Chan Wai-tung, Jessica, Si Meng-kuan, Frankie and Yu Siu-naam who give new interpretation to traditional artisanship with their original creativity that integrates ICH into modern living.
"Art is life", the two maintain a close, inseparable relationship.
Another contemporary Intangible Cultural Heritage exhibition Beyond Borders: Traces of Hong Kong Stories will be held from 13 June to 3 July 2022 in Vancouver.
Details of the Exhibition:
Jointly presented by 【Hong Kong Arts Centre】 and 【Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (Toronto)】
Organised by CanAsia Creative Exchange
Supported by Hong Kong Tourism Board
Date: 30 May – 28 June 2022
Venue: The Oval & Upper Oval, Yorkville Village
Address: 55 Avenue Road, Toronto, Canada
Participating Artists: Chan Wai-tung, Jessica, Si Meng-kuan, Frankie and Yu Siu-naam
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