Tai Kwun Conversations

Tai Kwun Conversations—No Stone Unturned – A Material Journey from Hong Kong to Mexico

Tai Kwun Conversations—No Stone Unturned – A Material Journey from Hong Kong to Mexico

Tai Kwun Conversations—Inclusive Conservation and Cultural Connection: Building Resilience for People and the Planet

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Tai Kwun Conversations – Community Matters: Planning and Design through Narrating Community Stories

Tai Kwun Conversations – Making a Classic Modern: Frank Gehry’s Masterplan for the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Tai Kwun Conversations – A Vibrant New Arts Precinct in a Heritage Waterfront: The Revitalisation of Pier 2/3 of Walsh Bay Arts Precinct, Australia

Tai Kwun Conversations — Invisible Innovation: Revitalising the Central Police Station Compound

Laying the Groundwork: The Burra Charter and Heritage Values

The Book and the Sword in China and Italy’s Martial Culture

Healing Architecture: Tsz Shan Monastery’s Mindfulness Journey in Purifying Body and Mind

Heritage Reborn: Restoration of Duddell Street Steps and Gas Lamps

Crime, Justice and Punishment in Colonial Hong Kong

Beyond the Surface – How paint conservation tells the identity of a building

Creating a Liveable City: Combining Conservation and Development in Yangon

Beyond Memories: Conserving Heritage in France and Macao

Date & Time

17 Nov 2021 7:30pm-9pm


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The next Tai Kwun ConversationsNo Stone Unturned – A Material Journey from Hong Kong to Mexico, explores narratives of rocks and stones with the artist Leelee Chan and the curator Tam Hok-nang Alex. The audience will be taken on a historical journey through the urban materiality of Hong Kong, followed by Leelee Chan’s retelling of her own journey into material cultures across the world.

Materiality is very much a key theme in Tai Kwun Contemporary’s current exhibition, Poetic Heritage, which explores an expanded notion of heritage. In particular, the exhibition addresses the individual agency of artists in how materials are produced, used, disposed and sensed. This notion of materiality—one undercurrent running through the exhibition—views materials not as merely objects of artefacts but rather as part of a dialogical relationship between subjects and objects.

Drawing from the artist's work, this conversation will take a new perspective (or perhaps an immensely old perspective) in examining how rocks have been imbued with historical, cultural and even emotional significance, and how disparate narratives of Hong Kong history have been depicted within a framework of urban materiality.

This will be followed by a focused discussion with Leelee Chan on her artistic experimentations with materials, in particular through her BMW Art Journey Tokens from Time, which traces material cultures from the past, present, and future. As part of the journey, she travelled to Mexico in the summer of 2021 to look at the evolving meaning and value of silver and obsidian. The discussion will probe how her exploration of materials has led to a deeper understanding of the historical contexts, communities, human behaviours, and social relationships, and reveal something about how materials are bound to ecology, how material extraction impacts communities, and how social-economical relationships of the cities and regions that she visited.

Tai Kwun Conversations is a monthly event that brings together brilliant minds from the fields of contemporary art, architecture, heritage, among many others. Join us to discover new artistic exchange and outstanding practices in heritage conservation.

This event will be conducted in Cantonese, with Cantonese to English simultaneous interpretation.

The event will adhere to the latest health and safety regulations and enforce social distancing measures.

Artist Bio

Leelee Chan
Tam Hok-nang Alex

Leelee Chan lives and works in Hong Kong, where she was born in 1984. Her sculptures reflect the extreme urbanisation of her native city and often comprise industrial and mundane objects. To interrogate these objects’ status and value, Chan imaginatively explores their transformative potential and reconfigures each item according to its unique quality. Her sculpture evokes notions of the architectural and cosmological, the geological and mechanical.

Chan received her MFA in painting from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2009, and her BFA from the School of Art Institute of Chicago in 2006. In 2020, Chan was the recipient of the ninth BMW Art Journey, based on her exhibit that year at Art Basel in Hong Kong.

Previous solo representations include: Pallet in Repose (Resurfacer), Discoveries, Art Basel Hong Kong (presented by Capsule Shanghai, 2021); and Core Sample (presented by Capsule Shanghai 2019). Her selected international exhibitions include Poetic Heritage in Tai Kwun Contemporary, Hong Kong (2021); Liquid Ground in Para Site, Hong Kong (2021); Hysteresis in Downs & Ross, New York (2019), etc. Chan’s work can be found in the permanent collections of M+ Museum, Hong Kong; Skulpturen Park Köln, Cologne; and J. P. Morgan Chase Art Collection, Hong Kong.

Tam Hok-nang Alex is an arts and heritage practitioner with a broad experience working on art projects that engage with issues related to the notion of history, memory, and placemaking. He is undertaking a research project that looks into different approaches of how contemporary artists enter into dialogue with heritage. He became the Centre Executive of the Centre for Research and Development in Visual Arts at the Academy of Visual Arts of Hong Kong Baptist University when it was established in 2013 and was involved in several projects that brought together various aspects of academia, art, and society. He was a fellow of the Clore Leadership Programme in 2015.

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