Between Past and Future: Art of the Pearl River Delta
A symposium on the trajectory of urbanisation in the Pearl River Delta
September 7, 2017, 6:30–8:10pm
Miller Theater, Asia Society
"M+, Hong Kong’s new museum of visual culture in the West Kowloon Cultural District announces the symposium Between Past and Future: Art of the Pearl River Delta. Organised as part of the on-going M+ Matters series of public talks and discussions exploring critical issues with key players in visual art, design and architecture, and moving image to inform the museum’s curatorial framework, the symposium is held in conjunction with the restaging of Canton Express at the M+ Pavilion (June 23 to September 10, 2017).
The original Canton Express exhibition, part of the historic exhibition Zone of Urgency curated by Hou Hanru in the Arsenale section of the 50th Venice Biennale in 2003, was considered a major showcase of works by 14 artists and non-profit cultural institutions active in the Pearl River Delta. Comprising works of sculpture, webcasting, photography, experimental film, and installation, it highlighted the dynamic and unique conceptual art practices inspired by the extraordinary conditions of everyday life in the region, at a time when the Pearl River Delta was experiencing an unprecedented period of rapid urbanisation. The 2017 iteration at the M+ Pavilion demonstrates the extensive research and conservation efforts behind the restaging and the museum’s commitment to preserving contemporary artwork produced for a specific condition. It also unfolds the fascinating stories of the communities and support behind the original exhibition.
Taking Canton Express as a departure point, the M+ Matters symposium Between Past and Future: Art of the Pearl River Delta examines the trajectory of urbanisation in the Pearl River Delta since socialist China was opened up for economic reform in the late 1970s, looking at how the phenomenon has shaped the development of art and culture in the region and the relevance of the Pearl River Delta for today’s socio-political context. The symposium includes keynote presentations by Hou Hanru (Artistic Director, MAXXI) and Chan Koonchung (Writer), as well as a panel discussion with Cao Fei (Artist), Chen Tong (Founder, Libreria Borges), Feng Yuan (Professor, Sun Yat-sen University) and Sara Wong (Artist)."
Read the full announcement on e-flux.