Fake Furries Feature in Art Basel Hong Kong's Encounters Section
28 January 2020
The fair's most Instagrammable offering will feature 12 works, including Gimhongsok's fictitious furries and textile off-cuts by Marion Baruch.
Gimhongsok, Solitude of Silence (2017, 2019). Mixed media. Photo courtesy the artist and Art Basel in Hong Kong.
Art Basel in Hong Kong has announced the 12 artists participating in this year's Encounters section, entitled While We Are Here. Nine are from the Asia-Pacific region, including Andrew Luk, who lives and works in Hong Kong.
The majority of the works have been developed especially for the show, including a game of catch performance by Asad Raza, gory canvases by Imran Qureshi's that are in fact composed of miniature floral motifs, and Marion Baruch's Endless Going Trying to Say (2020), which is made of offcuts from Milanese fashion houses.
One of the more comical works is South Korean artist Gimhongsok's Solitude of Silence (2017, 2019). Human figures wearing cartoonish animal heads are accompanied by empathy-building biographies that describe their usual professions, reasons for participating in the 'performance', and compensation for taking part. Close inspection of the hands, hovering every so slightly off the ground, reveals them to be mannequins, totally fictitious furries.
The works in this year's Encounters section were selected with the idea in mind that while history is long, life is short, giving us a limited opportunity to engage with issues that will outlive us.
'While We Are Here will reflect on the impact we have on the world around us and what impact the world we live in has on ourselves,' said Alexie Glass-Kantor, who is curating the section for the sixth time.
'Our cultural context, experiences, and histories are constantly shifting to create new forms of vernacular knowledge,' she said.
Art Basel Hong Kong takes place at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre from 19–21 March.
The full list of Encounters artists is:
• Marion Baruch (Romania / Italy)
• Lee Bae (South Korea)
• Gimhongsok (South Korea)
• Lim Ok-Sang (South Korea)
• Andrew Luk (USA / Hong Kong)
• Asad Raza (USA / Pakistan)
• Mike Nelson (UK)
• Patricia Perez Eustaquio (Philippines)
• Imran Qureshi (Pakistan)
• Adeela Suleman (Pakistan)
• Handiwirman Saputra (Indonesia), and
• Yuk King Tan (New Zealand). —[O]