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The younger and more accessible sibling to Art Basel Hong Kong (thanks to prices ‘friendlier’ to first-time buyers), Art Central Hong Kong holds its own when it comes to showcasing talent, particularly from the Greater China region and Asia. Here are what caught our eyes this year.
1. Sharevari (2016)
By: Yuri Suzuki and Swarovski
The first piece that greeted visitors to Art Central 2017, Sharevari is a collaboration between sound artist Yuri Suzuki and Swarovski. An interactive musical instrument, it plays original compositions until a guest steps in the middle, allowing them to play notes through sweeps and gestures of the hands.
2. Various photographs (1968-1970)
By: Loke Hong Seng, Yeo Workshop, Singapore
Part of the pioneer generation in Singapore, Loke Hong Seng as a photographer chronicled a gritty side of Singapore over the 1960s and 1970s that was at odds with the government’s idea of progress. Some of his rediscovered photographs includes a woman selling chickens by the roadside without a licence.
3. Speculative Entertainment No. 1 Hong Kong Edition (2017)
By: Hahan & Performance X 4A, 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Sydney
Possibly the most high-energy of the installations, a 7.5m long Handoko Eko Saputro (Hahan) painting – colourful and graffiti-like – was cut up into squares of 10x10cm, auctioned off on each of Art Central’s four days. The artist himself, and helpers dressed in red jumpsuits, ran around, mobilising energy.
4. Stone Story (2015)
By: Tan Jie, Line Gallery, Beijing
A more reflective experience, this installation – part of the PROJECTS collection curated by Jims Lam Chi Hang – sees suspended pebbles arranged in spirals descending mechanically on a massive drum below in sequence, creating an aural and visual effective that is supremely arresting
5. The Red Chador: Ban Me (2017)
By: Anida Yoeu Ali & Performance X 4A, 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Sydney
Confronting gender, religious and political stereotypes, artist Anida Yoeu Ali roams around the fair floor in her vibrant red chador, a traditional Muslim headcloth, carrying signs shouting out ‘Ban Me!’, ‘Nasty Woman’, ‘I Am A Muslim’ and ‘Je Suis Hong Kong’, an in-your-face force of public demonstration.