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Hong Kong Arts Centre's Research Project In response to the global pandemic : RETHINK ASIA

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Hong Kong Arts Centre

Rethink Asia

Possibility and Futures: Artistic and curatorial approaches to research, practice and process

June 17, 2021 (Thur) 19:30 - 21:30 (HKT) Online

Aaron Seeto Diana Campbell Betancourt Kurt Chan Yuk KeungGridthiya GaweewongFumio Nanjo

 Registration: https://bit.ly/3vqPBRj


Presented by the Hong Kong arts Centre, the research project - Rethink Asia is expanding the conversations of reimagining the development of Asian Contemporary Arts as well as the local art scene. Guest curators and art historians across Asia, including Indonesia, Japan, Thailand, Hong Kong,  and the US,  will be in a collective panel discussion to share their perspectives  on Asian curatorial practice and art education during Covid 19. The speakers will examine the challenges in research and exhibition planning, and explore the possibility of artistic practices and curatorial approaches in response to the global pandemic and the current socioeconomic situation.


The public are welcome to join the online panel discussion and Q&A roundtable by registration.

Registration: https://bit.ly/3vqPBRj

(The panel discussion will be conducted in English)


Panel Discussion


Aaron Seeto is the Director of Museum MACAN (The Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Nusantara). He has a vast experience working to advance the goals of contemporary arts organisations and curating significant exhibitions of artists from the Asia and Pacific regions. Seeto was formerly Curatorial Manager of Asian and Pacific Art, at Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane, Australia where he led the curatorial team at the eighth Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT8) in 2015. For eight years prior, he was the Director of Sydney’s ground-breaking 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art.



Diana Campbell Betancourt is the Artistic Director of Samdani Art Foundation. A Princeton educated American curator who has been working in South and Southeast Asia since 2010, primarily in India, Bangladesh, and the Philippines. She is committed to fostering a transnational art world, and her plural and long-range vision addresses the concerns of underrepresented regions and artists alongside the more established in manifold forums.


Kurt Chan Yuk Keung is the Acting Director of Hong Kong Art School. A graduate from the Department of Fine Arts, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. He then obtained his M.F.A. from the Cranbrook Academy of Art, Michigan, U.S.A. Prior to joining Hong Kong Art School, Prof. Chan worked at The Chinese University of Hong Kong between 1989 and 2016; he was involved in teaching studio courses, coordinating M.A. program and supervising M.F.A. students. He is an artist as well as an educator, his research interests cover a wide range of topics such as Hong Kong Art, Art in public realm and mixed media, whereas the outputs mostly presented as exhibition, curatorship, and publication.


Gridthiya Gaweewong is the Artistic Director of Jim Thompson Art Center. She co-founded the Bangkok-based independent art organization Project 304 in 1996. Her curatorial projects have addressed issues of social transformation confronting artists from Thailand and beyond since the Cold War. Gridthiya has curated various regional and international exhibitions including Under Construction, Tokyo Opera City Gallery and Japan Foundation; Forum Japan (2003). She is currently preparing an exhibition entitled Errata, Collecting Entanglements and Embodied Histories at MAIIAM Contemporary Art Museum, Chiangmai, initiated by the Goethe Asia Pacific regional office in partnership with Singapore Art Museum, National Gallery, Jakarta, and Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin (2021-2022).


Fumio Nanjo is the Senior Advisor of Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, since January 2020. Nanjo had formerly served as the Museum’s Director (2006-2019) and Deputy Director (2002-2006), after working for prominent cultural organizations such as the Japan Foundation (1978-1986). The notable positions he has assumed to date are: Commissioner of the Japan Pavilion, Venice Biennale (1997); Commissioner, Taipei Biennale (1998); Member of Jury Committee, Turner Prize (1998); Artistic Director, Yokohama Triennale 2001; Artistic Director, Singapore Biennale (both 2006 and 2008); General Director, KENPOKU ART 2016, Ibaraki, Japan; and Curatorial Director, Honolulu Biennial 2017 (inaugural) and Art for SDGs: Kitakshushu Art Festival (2021). His recent publications includes Asian Contemporary Art Report: China, India, Middle East and Japan (2010) and A Life with Art (2012).





(More updated info will be shared with you very soon)


  1. Transformative Chic_The Everlasting Cheongsam Exhibition

The 9 Hong Kong designers and groups, namely Grace Choi, Janko Lam, Kenny Li, Mary Yu, Mountain Yam, Polly Ho, Ranee Kok, Blind by JW and Cantosoul (Jasmine Cheung) will showcase their endless inspirations of innovative designs cheongsams at the exhibitions.


Online sharing (Live) and Online Workshop (Live) will be arranged during June 5-13, 2021, with more information stated as attached and as follows….


Exhibition : The exhibition will be held in Vancouver from June 2 to June 18 at the Pendulum Gallery and virtually on the Hong Kong Week website from June 2 to July 1



  1. Jockey Club ICH+ Innovative Heritage Education Programme 2021 - SUMMIT



Date: 29 June 2021 (TUE)

Time: 9:30am-6:00pm

Venue: Shouson Theatre, Hong Kong Art Centre

Conducted through ICHplus and HKAC Facebook Live Stream


Overseas Keynote Speakers include: 

§ Dr. Tristam Hunt, Director of Victoria and Albert Museum (UK)

§ Ms. Yuko Kikuchi, Professor of Critical Craft Studies at Sustainable Contemporary Art Practice and Visual Culture Studies (SCAPE), Kanazawa College of Art (Japan)

§ Mr. Yuji Akimoto, Director of Nerima Art Museum (Japan)

§ Dr. Kevin Murray, Managing editor for Garland Magazine and Online Encyclopedia of Crafts in Asia Pacific Region (Australia)


  1. Via North Point Forum: “Urban Mastermind: The Myth of Co-Living” – sponsored by Urban Renewal Fund



Date: 30 August, 2021

Time : 2-5pm

Location: K11 Atelier, King’s Road, North Point


               Confirmed speakers:

§Ms. Winnie Ho Wing-yin, JP, Director of Architectural Services, HKSARG

§Mr. Ricky Yu (Founder & CEO, Light Be)

§Mr. Vincent Ng, Architect & Chairman, Harbourfront Commission

§Ms. Connie Lam, Executive Director, Hong Kong Arts Centre

§Mr. Andrew Mead, Chief Architect (ARBUK) Mass Transit Railway Hong Kong

§Mr. Eric Li, Director, Asia, Bjarke Ingels Group (via zoom)

§Closing Remarks by Hon. Michael Wong JP, Secretary for Development




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