Artist Talks: Memory Corridor II

May 4th, 2019

14:00–15:00 Guest Speakers: Kurt Tong, Yang Yuanyuan, Hu Wei

15:00–15:30 Artists Panel

Venue: Auditorium, 1st Floor, OCAT Institute

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In this second installment of Artist Talks, three artists share their recent practices in photography and video. Through collecting documents and materials, Yang Yuanyuan uncovers particular events and past histories. Yang’s practice integrates a myriad of images and texts, including photographs and writings. Other found materials like movies and literature are also featured in her artistic practice as a way of blending the fictional and the real. Kurt Tong’s early works mainly used photography to explore individuals’ experience across changing times. Tong’s more recent works still keep to the nature of photography, while also include elements of installation and sculptureas an attempt to traverse the boundaries of media. Hu Wei’s latest piece Proposal for Public Assembly/Encounter explores the production and delivery of imagesat the intersection of  political seriousness, mass entertainment, and consumerism.

About the speakers

Kurt Tong,Born in Hong Kong in 1977, Kurt became a full-time photographer in 2003. He was the winner of the Luis Valtuena International Humanitarian Photography Award with his first picture story documenting the treatment of disabled children in India. He worked for many other NGOs and covered stories from Female Infanticide to ballroom dancers. He gained his Master’s in documentary photography at the LCC in 2006 and began working on much more personal projects exploring his Chinese roots and understanding of his motherland. In Case it Rains in Heaven, exploring the practice of Chinese funeral offerings, has been widely exhibited including a solo exhibition at Compton Verney and features in several public collections. A monograph of the work was published by Kehrer Verlag in 2011. The Queen, The Chairman and I, which reconnected the artist with his Chinese roots, is a multilayered narrative book dealing with the story of Hong Kong of the last 100 years and the Asian Diaspora through the lives of his own family, is presented as a Chinese teahouse. The project has been exhibited across 4 continents, including the Victoria Museum in Liverpool, UK; Galleri Image in Denmark; the Visual Art Center at the Chinese Cultural Foundation of San Francisco; Impressions Gallery in Bradford. The work made its China debut at the Lianzhou Photography Museum in 2018. The monograph will be co-published by Dewi Lewis Publishing and Lianzhou Musuem of Photography in 2019. Much of Kurt’s recent work incorporates elements of installation and sculptural, pushing the boundaries of the medium.

Yang Yuanyuan (b.1989) is an artist based in Beijing, China. Yang received a BA (hons) in photography at the University of the Arts London in 2013. By experimenting with different ways of visual storytelling, she creates narratives where facts and fiction coexist to explore intersections between the individual and the collective memories. Most of her projects begin with investigating various sources of archives and are closely related to particular local histories. Yang’s work spans photography, text, video, installation, artist books and performance. These mediums intertwine with each other within her projects through different methodology.

Hu Wei is a Beijing-based artist. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Drawing from the Central Academy of Fine Arts in 2012 and his Master’s degree from the Dutch Art Institute in 2016. He uses video, installation, photography, performance, writing, and other types of media in his practice. His works attempt to build a dialectical relationship between reality (“non-artistic expression”) and the “artistic narrative.” In observing the connections between social reality and individual distinctiveness, his recent practice pays close attention to the correlation between labor (physical and mental) and capital, inquiring into the possibility of mediation or the lack there of between technology and humans, as well as the implied relationship between politics, economics, and ethics. He is also interested in the reality and fabrication of the individual within history and memory, using pseudo-fictive methods to express a certain critical and imaginary towards present and future politics.