Tsang Kin-wah. Image: Kenji Morita.
Every two years, the titans of the art world converge on Venice for the most prominent contemporary art exhibition on the planet. From modest beginnings in 1895, the Arts Biennale has grown to encompass more than 80 national exhibitions across the Giardini and La Serenissima. This year, the Hong Kong pavilion features critically acclaimed artist Tsang Kin-wah, whose installation shows a series of videos that evoke a sensory reaction based upon the quintessentially transient nature of society.
Co-curator of the Biennale's Hong Kong pavilion is Doryun Chong, for whom the decision to select Tsang Kin-wah was an obvious one. "This is a city undergoing great change and he is an artist who is responding to that, but not in an obvious or one-dimensional way," he tells us. Of Tsang, he explains, "he is very clearly a creature of this place."