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b. 1985, Hong Kong

Lee Kai Chung Biography

Lee Kai Chung is an artist based in Hong Kong. He performs artistic research on historiography, ideology, and time-transcendence of emotion. From his early explorations of archival systems for historiography, Lee has developed an archival methodology that extends to research-based creative practices - including publishing, spatial production, public engagement, and the archives-making.

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Through performance, moving images, installation and publication, Lee considers the individual gesture as a form of political and artistic transgression, which resonates with existing narratives of history. In 2017, Lee initiated a hexalogy of consecutive projects under the theme of Displacement – to take a departure from the socio-historical implication under the Pan-Asia context, the series examines human conditions and their geopolitical relations arising from dispersion and material flows.

Lee is pursuing a Ph.D. program in the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and he was awarded Master of Fine Arts from School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong in 2014.[LKC1]

In 2022, Lee is awarded The Robert Gardner Fellowship in Photography from Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology of Harvard University, and he received Altius Fellowship from Asian Cultural Council in 2020, the annual Award for Young Artist (Visual Arts) from Hong Kong Arts Development Council and WMA commission Award from WYNG Foundation in 2018.

His recent and upcoming exhibitions include 'Sharjah Biennial 15: Thinking Historically in the Present' (2023), 'Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur' (2021) (Winterthur, Switzerland), 'Seoul Mediacity Biennale 2018' (Seoul Museum of Art: Seoul, South Korea), '12th Shanghai Biennale: Proregress – Art in an Age of Historical Ambivalence' (2018) (Power Station of Art: Shanghai, China) and 'Artist Making Movement - Asian Art Biennial 2015' (2015) (National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts: Taichung, Taiwan).

His work The Retrieval, Restoration and Predicament is in the permanent collection of the M+ Museum.

Text courtesy Tabula Rasa Gallery.

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The DJ by Lee Kai Chung contemporary artwork moving image
Lee Kai Chung The DJ, 2013 Single-channel video, 4:3, black and white, stereo
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HMS Tamar by Lee Kai Chung contemporary artwork moving image
Lee Kai Chung HMS Tamar, 2014 Single-channel video, 16:9, colour, silent
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The Relentless Voyage by Lee Kai Chung contemporary artwork moving image
Lee Kai Chung The Relentless Voyage, 2020 Single-channel video, 16:9, colour, stereo
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Canopy by Lee Kai Chung contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, print, drawing, mixed media
Lee Kai Chung Canopy, 2020 Pencil and watercolour on digital print (archival art paper)
33 x 33 cm
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The Repatriats by Lee Kai Chung contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, drawing, mixed media
Lee Kai Chung The Repatriats, 2019 Pencil and watercolour on digital print (archival art paper)
29.5 x 32.7 cm
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The Smoking Lady by Lee Kai Chung contemporary artwork moving image
Lee Kai Chung The Smoking Lady, 2019 Single-channel video, 16:9, colour, stereo
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No.7 by Lee Kai Chung contemporary artwork sculpture
Lee Kai Chung No.7, 2020 Ceramic sculpture
12 x 12 x 14 cm
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The Digger by Lee Kai Chung contemporary artwork moving image
Lee Kai Chung The Digger, 2019 Single-channel video (Super 8 film), 4:3, black and white, stereo
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