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Mekong - New Mythologies Exhibition

Date & Time:
04/05/2017  8:30 pm Start
05/05/2017 - 21/05/2017  From 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm

The Hong Kong Arts Centre (HKAC) and Children of the Mekong are delighted to announce the inauguration of Mekong – New Mythologies, a large transnational group exhibition which will run during 5–21 May 2017. Co-presented with Children of the Mekong, a French NGO established since 1958, this exhibition is organised in support of the charity and is an associated project of Le French May.
Conceptualised by MAP Office and Hong Kong Arts Centre's Laure Raibaut and inspired by the research of Ho Chi-Minh City based artist Richard Streitmatter-Tran, the exhibition will unfold various ecological, social and political issues and legends around the Mekong and other liquid territories of South-east Asia.
Fact and fiction are two facets of interpretation that criss-cross and often overlap into grey areas. Our beliefs are very much influenced by cultural legends steeped in ancient folklore and mythologies, as well as by geographical positions and political dimensions. It has become widely accepted by most that within the ecosystem of mountains, oceans, jungles, and rivers are mysterious, curious beings that co-exist, mostly in harmony, with humankind.
The Mekong and its surrounding regions form such a liquid territory. Mekong – New Mythologies proposes to navigate and explore the unique specificities in relation to South-East Asia and its territorial waters, and to determine whether this dissemination of land is directing a new reading of contemporary art in the region.
For the first time in Hong Kong, this selection of works by 18 South East Asian artists and artist duos will form an archipelago radiating from the Mekong delta out towards the Pearl River Delta and the Philippines. Through the presentation of subjective histories between the artists and their environment, the exhibition takes a multi-pronged examination into how liquid geography reinvents the region’s borders, identity, historical sagas and its future. Holistically, this multi-media exhibition will form a programme where geography narrates a specific reading of this liquid territory through the eyes of the artists.
The exhibition Mekong – New Mythologies comprises sculpture, installations, projections, drawings and photographs. It will present new and existing works by: Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan (the Philippines), Cao Fei (China), Heman Chong (Singapore), Ho Tzu Nyen (Singapore), Naiza Khan (Pakistan), Aung Ko (Burma), Leang Seckon (Cambodia), Leung Chi Wo (Hong Kong), MAP Office (Hong Kong), David Medalla (the Philippines), Tuan Andrew Nguyen (Vietnam), Vong Phaophanit and Claire Oboussier (Laos/UK), Dinh Q.Le (Vietnam), Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook (Thailand), Richard Streitmatter-Tran (Vietnam), Vandy Rattana (Cambodia), Samson Young (Hong Kong) and Robert Zhao Renhui (Singapore).
The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalogue published by MAP Office for soliciting support towards Children of the Mekong.
The exhibition is made possible with the support of the participating artists and of 10 Chancery Lane Gallery, Asia Art Archive, William Lim - Living Collection, Primo Marella Gallery, Pimali, Gene and Brian Sherman, Tyler Rollins Fine Art, Rossi & Rossi, STPI.


Details of the Opening Ceremony
Mekong – New Mythologies 
Co-presenters: Hong Kong Arts Centre and Children of the Mekong
Date: 4 May 2017 (Thursday), 8:30pm (reception starts from 7:30pm)
Venue: Pao Galleries, Hong Kong Arts Centre

Exhibition Period: 5–21 May 2017 (both dates inclusive)
Opening Hours: 12:00nn–8:00pm
*Free Admission


Image Caption:
Cao Fei (SL avatar: China Tracy), China Tracy Portrait 06, 2007, 60 x 90 cm, Edition 1 of 8, Image courtesy of the artist


About Hong Kong Arts Centre
The Hong Kong Arts Centre is a multi-arts centre that fosters artistic exchanges locally and internationally, bringing the most forward creations to Hong Kong and showcasing homegrown talents abroad. The HKAC stimulates innovation and promotes creativity. Being Hong Kong’s only independent non-profit multi-arts institution, the HKAC offers exhibitions, screenings and performances, connecting the arts of Hong Kong to the rest of the world through programmes and collaborations. Come to the HKAC to experience, appreciate, learn and be inspired by arts. http://www.hkac.org.hk
About Children of the Mekong
Children of the Mekong is a tax-exempt NGO in Hong Kong helping children in Asia to receive the education every child deserves. Established since 1958, Children of the Mekong is a French NGO which was granted the French Republic’s Human Rights Award in 1990. The charity helps children of the South-East Asia to gain access to education, by offering individual and collective sponsorships and building schools and foster homes. Today, 22 000 sponsored children and 60 000 supported children are benefiting from Children of the Mekong’s work. The NGO currently runs 600 different programmes across 7 countries (Vietnam, Thailand, Laos, the Philippines, Cambodia, Burma and China) and have 40 volunteers working at a grass-roots level. Children of the Mekong has had a presence in Hong Kong since 2001 and is a tax exempt charity. Managed by volunteers passionate about making a difference in the lives of under-privileged children, the branch is very active, organising awareness campaigns and fundraising activities throughout the year. The benefits from the sale of the artworks and the sponsors’ donations will go towards the financing of 2 projects in Cebu, the Philippines: a day-care programme located on a garbage dump and a student centre in the city. http://childrenofthemekong.org.hk


Pao Galleries, Hong Kong Arts Centre


Free Admission


Co-presenters: Hong Kong Arts Centre & Children of the Mekong


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