Hong Kong – Major art exhibition presented by Parkview Arts Action, On Sharks and Humanity, opened today at the Hong Kong Maritime Museum. Open until the end of September, the powerful collection of 36 contemporary artworks by internationally recognized artists as well as emerging artists, brings together the worlds of visual art and humanitarian action and is set to be a highlight among Hong Kong’s cultural offerings this summer.
Co-curated by internationally lauded curator Huang Du on behalf of Parkview Arts Action, and the Hong Kong Maritime Museum, the multidisciplinary collection is sponsored by Hong Kong Parkview in partnership with the international non-profit organization WildAid. Showcasing contemporary sculpture, painting, film, photography and poetry, the exhibition has a unique and interactive dialogue alongside the Maritime Museum’s permanent collection. “Hong Kong Maritime Museum is dedicated to presenting exciting viewpoints on ocean conservation topics. We are proud to be co-curating with Parkview Arts Action on this major summer exhibition engaging visitors in this important conversation,” comments Richard Wesley, Museum Director of Hong Kong Maritime Museum.
On Sharks and Humanity demonstrates the relationship between art and society, and sets out to raise public awareness of shark conservation in Hong Kong and the Greater Pearl River Delta region. George Wong, Parkview Arts Action Founder said, “Declining shark numbers pose a fundamental threat to the health of the world’s oceans. Through the artists’ varied interpretations, On Sharks and Humanity can inform and confront audiences in ways that strike more directly into the human psyche than the abstract language of scientific debate.”
Three acclaimed local Hong Kong talents; Professor Ho Siu-Kee, Peggy Chan, and William Tong, are exhibited for the first time in the Hong Kong edition of On Sharks and Humanity, which is now in its fifth phase having traveled from Monaco, Moscow, Beijing and Singapore to great acclaim. All three artists present works that express unique perspectives on the relationship between humankind and the oceans, the individual, the city and nature, and reflect the concerning and disturbing future the oceans and sharks face. Celebrated figure in both the international and local art scene for over three decades, Professor Ho Siu-Kee said, “On Sharks and Humanity is a chance to rethink human relations with nature, which is something I have considered greatly in creating my work Confessional for the exhibition. The work on its own, and as part of the On Sharks and Humanity collection, offers a platform for reflection, and hopefully a change in attitude.”
Renowned artists from China, Singapore, Taiwan, Germany, France and the United States have added their voices to the exhibition with visceral interpretations of the human impact on global shark populations. Wang Luyan’s mixed media installation, Downward Force on Upward Moving Objects confronts the viewer with a mass of stainless steel buoys at different levels, each one pierced by iron rods. Another sculptural highlight includes Li Jiwei’s Forgotten Landscape that uses abstract objects that rotate, at a times aligning to create the profile of a shark. Liu Zining’s oil painting, Blue, presents a hyper-realistic image of a shark’s eye. Over a metre in diameter, every fleck and shadow can be seen in remarkable detail and holds a direct gaze that encourages viewers to see the shark as an equal.
Zheng Lu’s Butterfly in Love with the Flower brings the inspiring and educational content of the exhibition beyond the walls of the museum and further into the public forum. The distinctive surface of the sculpture, a large stainless steel depiction of a shark fin made up of web-like bubbles, represents the idea that while the shark is a powerful creature it is in fact in danger of disappearing as a result of human urge to dominate nature. The title of the work refers directly to a Chinese poem in which a butterfly falls in love with a flower that is about to disappear.
A dynamic series of education and engagement programmes will run throughout the exhibition period, supporting the exhibition’s desire to provide diverse platforms for the public to discover, learn and enjoy the exhibition. Ranging from tours, family programmes and workshops led by artist Peggy Chan and WildAid Campaigner Alex Hofford there is something for everyone, please visit the Maritime Museum website for more details.
Alex Hofford said, “WildAid is calling on the public to visit this important art exhibition and to stop buying and eating shark fin soup. It is time for Hong Kong’s big restaurant groups to act ethically and sustainable by phasing out all shark fin from their set menus – including unsustainable blue shark”.
On Sharks and Humanity Art Exhibition:
|Exhibition period:||29 June to end of September 2017|
|Opening hours:||Monday–Friday 09:30-17:30
Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays 10:00-19:00
|Place:||Hong Kong Maritime Museum, Central Pier No. 8, Hong Kong|
|Public inquiries:||(852) 3713 2500|
|Ticketing:||HKD 30 (Adult) / HKD 15 (Student/Senior). Available at reception.
All followers on Instagram and Facebook will receive a free ticket!
Promotion period starts from 29 June to 30 September 2017
For details, please visit Hong Kong Maritime Museum website