Carnival : Artistic events for defending freedom of expression through art [fr]
Curated by Hong Kong-based French curator Caroline Ha Thuc, Carnival is Amnesty International Hong Kong’s ambitious art project that incorporates an art exhibition, performances, education programmes, fundraising dinners and an auction. Together, they advocate for our right to freedom of expression both in Hong Kong and around the world. Many of these activities are open to the general public and are free of charge. It will take place from 16 to 26 February 2017 at KONG Art Space in Central, Hong Kong.
Caroline Ha Thuc is a French curator and art writer, contributing to numerous magazines in France and Hong Kong.
Her book Contemporary Art in Hong Kong provides essential keys to apprehend the city’s vibrant contemporary landscape and exposes the countless links between history, culture and identity.
Ha Thuc has published a book about Japanese contemporary art and recently published another book on Mainland Chinese art and the new trends in its art practices (After 2000: Contemporary Art in China).
As a curator, she focuses on promoting dialogue between artists from different cultures. Her recent exhibitions include Hong Kong Bestiary (Platform China, Hong Kong, 2014), Shelters of Resistance, an in-situ installation by Kacey Wong in the courtyard of the City Hall (Paris, 2015), The Human Body: Measure and Norms (Blindspot Gallery, Hong Kong, 2015) and Human Vibration in the public spaces of Hong Kong (May-June 2016). She is on the International Curatorial Advisory Board of the Open Sky Gallery in Hong Kong.
50 local artists and artists from around the globe have been invited to produce new works or are donating existing works for the exhibition. The artists have used every kind of medium, from photography to painting through engraving and installation. Their interpretations of the theme are also very diverse. Some have chosen to play with the absurd side of Carnival to produce satirical works, while others use a much more metaphorical or poetic approach. All of them defend our right to freedom of expression; either by braising its power, highlighting its vulnerability or expressing their fear about its reduction.
Carnival seeks to serve as a platform for artists to incorporate educational elements into their artistic endeavors. Through organizing workshops in different forms, including photography, yoga, dance, poetry, movie, music and handicraft, participants can explore the relationship between human rights, arts and education. All workshops are free of charge. Please register at https://www.ticketflap.com/amnesty-carnival.
All workshops take places in KONG Art Space: No. 3, Staunton Street, Central, Hong Kong.
AIHK believes education is the most powerful tool to change the world. It strives to equip students and Hong Kong’s citizens with human rights knowledge so as to empower them to defend their own rights and those of others.
17.02.2017 (FRI) 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Seeking to embrace freedom of expression through the lens of art, Jaffa Lam’s workshop aims to create a verbal and visual collective work based on a dynamic word game. Jaffa will start by proposing words relating to human rights, and the workshop participants will then follow-suit. Put together, all of the words will form a massive tree. All (including kids) are welcome!
Language: Cantonese. English interpretation may be available upon request.
-* About Jaffa Lam
Jaffa Lam received her BFA, MFA and Postgraduate Diploma in Education at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. She is a sculptor specializing in large-scale site-specific works, mixed-media sculptures and installations, which are primarily made from recycled materials. In recent years, Lam has been involved in many public art and community projects that explore issues related to local culture, history and current affairs. Lam has held numerous solo exhibitions and participated in group exhibitions across the world, from Canada to Taiwan. In 2006, Lam was awarded the Asian Cultural Council’s Desiree and Hans Michael Jebsen Fellowship.
17.02.2017 (FRI) 7:30 pm – 8:45 pm
The discussion will cover the scope and limits of freedom of expression, why it might be important to protect such freedoms, what threatens freedom of expression, and the limits and potentials of the law in protecting such freedoms. The dialogue will draw on recent controversies over the expression of pro-independence viewpoints, the Causeway Bay bookseller incident, politically sensitive art works, as well as concerns over Article 23 legislation.
Language: English (Discussion); English or Cantonese (Q&A)
- About the key speakers
Cora Chan’s research interests are in constitutional theory, human rights and public law. In 2013, she received a competitive grant to examine deference in Hong Kong courts, and was a visiting scholar at Cambridge in 2014. Cora graduated from the University of Hong Kong with a double degree in law and political science. She then obtained the BCL degree from the University of Oxford and was admitted as a solicitor in Hong Kong in 2009. Throughout her career she has been awarded a great number of prizes in recognition of the excellent quality of her work.
Professor Veitch writes and teaches in the areas of legal, social and political theory. Educated in Scotland he was formerly Professor of Jurisprudence at the University of Glasgow, and he has worked at universities and held visiting academic positions around the world. Professor Veitch’s area of research draws on historical, philosophical and sociological insights into law and legal institutions. He is the author of numerous books, articles and chapters and his first monograph won the European Award for Legal Theory.
18.02.2017 (SAT) 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Freedom of expression is a fundamental human right, and protecting such freedom is everyone’s responsibility. Over the years, we have witnessed different forms of protest in Hong Kong, often with the use of the arts. This workshop aims to utilize body language and movement to visually express the idea of protest. Come and co-create news ways to celebrate our freedom of expression. We welcome participants aged 12 or above.
About Leung Mee Ping
Leung Mee Ping is a Hong Kong artist. Her works integrate elements from the theatre arts, design, commercial spaces and social spaces, so as to extend the performance or action from a research-based practice toward a progressive, experimental interaction and integration. Leung has held solo shows in Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore, Taiwan and Switzerland. Having studied in France and the United States, Leung is now based in Hong Kong, where she serves as the Associate Professor of Art Creativity at the Academy of Visual Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University.
18.02.2017 (SAT) 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
We are delighted to have Caroline, Carnival’s Curator, to conduct a workshop that will definitely be a lot of fun! Automatic writing is an artistic technique that has been widely used among the surrealists, with the aim of going beyond reason in the search for the unconscious. This echoes profoundly with Carnival’s theme of freedom of expression. Join Caroline in creating a bit of madness by signing up.
About Caroline Ha Thuc
Caroline Ha Thuc is a French curator and art writer, contributing to numerous magazines in France and Hong Kong. Her book Contemporary Art in Hong Kong provides essential keys to apprehend the city’s vibrant contemporary landscape and exposes the countless links between history, culture and identity. Ha Thuc has also published a book about Japanese contemporary art and recently published a book on Mainland Chinese art and the new trends in its art practices. As a curator, she focuses on promoting dialogues between artists from different cultures, and she has recently curated a great number of exhibitions both in Hong Kong and internationally. In addition to this she is also on the International Curatorial Advisory Board of the Open Sky Gallery in Hong Kong.
18.02.2017 (SAT) 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
We will play a board game which involves international politics and issues that are occurring around the world. The game is intended to be fun, while at the same time facing our reality, part of which we may at times forget, or deliberately do so. Preferably for adults and children aged 12 and above.
About Alice Rensy
Alice Rensy is a Hong Kong based dramaturge, producer, dancer and dance teacher. She has collaborated with performing artists Yang Hao and Cai Ying with whom she has created 4 pieces, and “Wo Men” (2016) respectively. As a producer, Alice has initiated and curated a dozen of performances in Hong Kong since 2012. Initially she began to produce contemporary dance performances in Paris under the name HappArt, and in 2010 she met and later managed the choreographer Raimund Hoghe, touring with him and his team over 2 years. In 2016, Alice worked with the visual artist Nathalie Rothkoff during a one month residency in Hong Kong Charbon Art Space on a new performance. This piece has been performed three times in Art Basel Hong Kong on the Asia Art Archive booth.
19.02.2017 (SUN) 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
21.02.2017 (TUE) 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
One may not understand fully the relationship between yoga and freedom of expression at first glance. However, yoga indeed involves various meditative postures which in turn can be interesting ways to explore the relationship between the body and the mind. At the workshop, Florence Dery seeks to inspire the participants to celebrate the diversity and expression of physical bodies through yoga. We welcome participants aged 16 or above. Children aged below 16 should be accompanied by an adult.
About Florence Dery
Florence was born in Paris, France. She spent the first ten years of her adult life working in the PR industry and found yoga when she moved to Hong Kong 12 years ago. While it was not love at first sight, her interest in the practice grew over the years. It is only when she started exploring the full potential of the breath as a way to connect the mind and body that she knew yoga would always be part of her life. Florence teaches hata yoga, vinyasa yoga and yoga therapy.
19.02.2017(SUN) 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
At the workshop, Cai Ying will lead the participants to construct different sets of blocks and barriers with the use of rubberbands. They will then explore ways to pass through the obstacles, and thus to better understand the physical potentials, as well as limits, of our bodies. We welcome participants aged 16 or above. Children aged below 16 should be accompanied by an adult.
Language: English. Cantonese interpretation may be available upon request.
About Cai Ying
Cai Ying, born in Xiamen, China, is a choreographer, performer, director and educator based in Hong Kong. Her work has taken shape in many forms including staged dance works, installation art, site-specific performances, and immersive experiences. Cai is currently the 2015-2017 HKETO Arts Fellow at Yale University.
19.02.2017 (SUN) 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Lina Berglund will teach the participants how to create cloth out of different materials, including recycled paper, to design and make costumes. All of the finished products will be displayed as part of our exhibition. An ideal event for families to spend a Saturday afternoon full of fun and creativity!
Language: English. Cantonese interpretation may be available upon request.
About Lina Berglund
A Swedish preforming arts lover that connected with the theatre as a child actor at age 6 and continued that journey to age 24 when she left the limelight to embrace her dramatic imagination backstage. After a short course in Scenography at the Folk University in Stockholm she graduated from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Honours in Theatre Design in 2013. Recently she has mostly worked out of Hong Kong in Iceland and Slovakia but she is exited to get back on artistic endeavors closer to home.
25.02.2017 (SAT) 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
As a poet, Claire Lee has produced a variety of works that touch upon the topics of freedom of expression, liberation and spiritual awakening. At the workshop, Claire will first read aloud some of her poems, and then will invite participants to contribute their thoughts. Come and spend a poetic Saturday morning with us!
About Claire Lee
Claire Lee is a poet, curator, and visual artist working in the mediums of painting, mixed media and photography. She lives and works in Hong Kong. A graphic designer by profession, Lee also holds a degree in Curatorship from the Hong Kong Art School. Her first exhibition in Hong Kong was held in 2009, and since then, Lee has held six further solo exhibitions in galleries and art spaces throughout the city, including the Fringe Club, New Gallery on Old Bailey and Mur Nomade. Her works have also been featured in museum exhibitions in Japan and the United States.
25.02.2017 (SAT) 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Life can be turbulent. How do you weather the storm?
Through dance, Yang Hao seeks to develop resilience, adaptability and creativity. Interested in knowing more about how to play with movement, your physiology and imagination? Sign up now! We welcome participants aged 16 or above. Children aged below 16 should be accompanied by an adult.
Language: English. Cantonese interpretation may be available upon request.
About Yang Hao
Yang Hao is a Hong Kong based dance artist who began dancing at age 12. In 2007, Hao was awarded a full scholarship to study at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, after which he joined the Hong Kong City Contemporary Dance Company until May 2012. Now an independent artist, Hao has received funding and scholarships, such as the Culture Partnership Initiative (CPI) as a resident artist in the Seoul International Dance Festival 2013 and the Vienna Impulse Dance Festival DanceWEB scholarship 2014. He has just completed the Arts Fellowship residency program at Yale University. In addition to this Hao has commissioned and shown his work at numerous festivals, and since 2014 he has collaborated with Alice Rensy on four works.
25.02.2017 (SAT) 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
According to the Fake News Checker, there are currently more than 350 untrustworthy news sources that produce fake news online. Fake or distorted news has become an insidious trend that is fast becoming a global problem, and Hong Kong is no exception.
In this workshop, Ellen Pau will discuss how fake news could be identified and look at its impact on our freedom of speech. Join us to figure out ways to survive in this post-truth age!
About Ellen Pau
Ms Ellen Pau is a self-taught video artist who has dedicated her life to the development of media art in Hong Kong. In 1986, Ms Pau co-founded Videotage, a media art collective in Hong Kong aiming at creating an umbrella organization for media artists, facilitating artistic and cultural exchange and promoting video and media art in Hong Kong. She is also the founding director and curator of the Microwave International New Media Arts Festival. Ms Pau works as an independent cinematographer, curator, art critic and researcher focusing on Asian new media arts. She also works as an art consultant for her newly founded company Inter-Act Arts. Her single channel videos and video installation works have been extensively exhibited worldwide in film festivals and art biennials. In 2001, ‘Recycling Cinema’ was selected and exhibited at the Hong Kong Pavilion in the 49th Venice Biennial.
26.02.2017 (SUN) 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Photography and journalism tend to go hand in hand. However, journalistic photography has yet to be widely practiced in Hong Kong. At this workshop, we are glad to have Billy Kwok and Chantal Wong, two distinguished artists in Hong Kong, to share their experience and thoughts on photography, journalism, freedom of expression as well as how to contextualize in and relate to the wider society.
Language: Cantonese and English. Interpretation will be available upon request.
About the key speakers
Billy H.C. Kwok is an independent photographer who graduated from City University of Hong Kong with a Bachelor of Media and Communication. Before photography, Kwok began his career as a newspaper journalist and now splits his time between Hong Kong, Taiwan, China and South East Asia. Kwok has been working on a long-term project documenting the social landscapes of refugee mobility and relationships in Hong Kong, and at the same time is conducting a project on male prostitutes in China’s Pearl River Delta. Kwok is highly observant and adaptable to cultural and environmental diversity. Apart from generating still images, he works both individually and collaboratively for multimedia storytelling.
Chantal Wong is the head of strategy and special projects at Asia Art Archive. She runs Things that can happen, an art space in Hong Kong in 2015 with artist Lee Kit.
26.02.2017 (SUN) 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
What’s the relationship between music and human rights? How do different genres of music represent the voice of the oppressed? In this discussion, Paul Fermin will talk about music trends around the world, and how this relates to freedom of expression. Craving some insight on music around the globe? This is an event should not be missed!
About Paul Fermin
Paul Fermin is an editor at Asia Art Archive. He was born and raised in Chicago, where he studied comparative literature and film theory at Northwestern University. He currently studies sociology at The University of Hong Kong.
About Amnesty International
Amnesty International is the world’s largest human rights organisation, with a global network of members and supporters. At the latest count, there were more that 7 million members, supporters and subscribers in over 155 countries and territories in every region. It campaigns for a world in which human rights are enjoyed by all.
Established in 1982, Amnesty International Hong Kong’s (AIHK) work focuses on human rights education programmes in Hong Kong. AIHK campaigns against human rights abuses all over the world, lobbying governments to adhere to the international human rights treaties they have signed.