HONG KONG BESTIARY (Exhibition: 29 Nov 14 - 28 Feb 15)
HONG KONG BESTIARY - To rethink our relationship with animals
Curated by Caroline HA THUC
Artists: Adrian WONG, Angela SU, Carol LEE,Cedric MARIDET, Kacey WONG, LAM Tung Pang, Map Office, TANG Kwok-hin, Trevor YEUNG, and Yuk King TAN
Opening reception: 29 Nov 2014 , 6:00 pm (with special performance)
Date: 29 Nov 2014 - 28 Feb 2015
Venue: Platform China (HK)
Address: Unit 601, Chai Wan Industrial City Phase 1, 66 Wing Tai Rd, Hong Kong
French independent curator Caroline Ha Thuc’s new exhibition at Platform China (Hong Kong) featuring works by Cedric Maridet, and Valérie Portefaix + Laurent Gutierrez from Map Office. Exhibition beings November 29 and lasts until February 28 2015.
Curatorial statement (excerpt):
We tend to consider animals as a kind of global and undefined entity, an Absolute Otherness from which we can mirror ourselves and define human beings in a paradoxical gesture, claiming both differences and kinship with them. Therefore we usually exploit animals, asking them to speak for us to reflect our society, and to tackle political, social or moral issues Pliny, Plutarch have written about animals for moral purposes, highlighting their non-‐corrupted and wise nature, while fable makers of all times and modern writers such as George Orwell used them to circumvent censorship.
We imitate their rituals, rules, hierarchy or behaviour to serve our own human purposes, or magnify their beauty to glorify the splendour of nature. But what if they could speak for themselves? What if we could restore an equal communication with them and break down the barriers that separate them from us?
Observing animals from their own points of view, ten Hong Kong artists are here offering the public the opportunity to discover fresh and alternative angles to look at animals. At the age of this new geophysical era called the Anthropocene, this show is an attempt – even though impossible -‐ to move away from our usual anthropocentricism.
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