‘On Shark and Humanity’ is an inspiring exhibition that brings artists and curators together to raise awareness on shark and marine protection through art. Co-curated by Hong Kong Maritime Museum and Parkview Arts action, the fifth edition comes to Hong Kong this summer from July to September after exhibiting in Monaco, Moscow, China and Singapore with great acclaim.
For this edition, the exhibition commissioned new works from three established artists and two children from Hong Kong, adding to the roster of renowned and emerging artists from China, Singapore and Taiwan. Contemporary sculptures, installations, paintings, film, and photography are creatively integrated into the Maritime Museum's permanent exhibition space. Among them, the multidimensional and multidisciplinary art pieces are definitely highlights.
‘The Shore Beyond’, Peggy Chan
‘The Shore Beyond’, by Hong Kong artist Peggy Chan, presents a seamless combination of various media. The enlarged kaleidoscope consisting of three shark-shaped elements with an automatic spinning effect combined with projection onto a screen displays craftsmanship and extensive creativity with a message of equality among humans, sharks and ocean.
‘Confessional’, Ho Siu Kee
Named ‘Confessional’, the sculpture taking shark’s fin as a visual reference is a metal cage large enough to imprison a person. A photo of the artist Ho Siu Kee standing inside it floating on the ocean accompanies the sculpture. Ho gave a live performance at the exhibition's opening ceremony, standing with head bowed as if in meditation, the artist ingeniously employs a variety of media to reflect on our harmful and violent acts against other beings.
‘Forgotten Landscape’, Li Jiwei
The ‘Forgotten Landscape’ by Beijing artist Li Jiwei is an installation composed of three rotating half-abstract objects that carry echoes of topographic maps. While the three objects spin, different visual effects are formed and a profile of shark is created at the certain point of time. This work is a reminder that humans are the greatest threat to sharks and their ecology. the landscape of sharks may be ‘forgotten’ in the future if no action is taken.
Date and time: 1 Jul to 30 Sep (every Sat and Sun), 10am - 7pm
Venue: Hong Kong Maritime Museum
Ticket: $30 (Adult), $15 (Student and Senior)