≡ Kwan Sheung-Chi
Video still, 'A Flags-Raising-Lowering Ceremony at my home’s clothes drying rack', 2007
Color video, HD, sound, 1 min 47 sec
从一系列飞速清点纸钞到一束静态的百合插花，关尚智执着于多种创作媒介中追求探索一种深植于对政治状态的批判、价值分配和存在形式的概念实践。关的创作核心是普通城市居民所闻所见的现实主题。与之紧密相关的是对资本主义的特殊探讨，这也是在关的多个作品中反覆出现的创作主题。关尚智曾在多地举办展览，包括纽约古根海姆美术馆（2017）、香港六厂基金会（2016）、德国卡尔斯鲁厄媒体艺术中心（2015）、伊斯坦堡Borusan当代艺术博物馆（2015）、香港Para Site艺术空间（2015，2014）、荷兰鹿特丹Witte de With当代艺术中心（2014）、维也纳艺术馆（2014）、上海外滩美术馆（2013）和广岛市现代美术馆（2013）等。关毕业于香港中文大学，拥有艺术系文学学士，并在2000年获称“香港艺术新秀之首”。2002年，“关尚智回顾展”分别在香港10个大型展览场地举行包括香港艺术中心等。关还是香港本地艺术团“香港艺术探索频道”（HKADC）、“政艺小组”（hkPARTg）和“活化厅”的创办成员。在2009年，关获亚洲文化协会颁予美国Starr基金会奖学金，并获邀前往纽约参与国际艺术节驻留项目。2012年，关获西九文化区委任并于2013年获得首届“HUGO BOSS亚洲艺术大奖”。
We are delighted to share that Kwan Sheung Chi's work, A Flags-Raising-Lowering Ceremony at my home’s clothes drying rack (2007) was recently added to the Solomon R. Guggenheim Collection, New York.
'In the year of the 10th Anniversary of the establishment of The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of The People’s Republic of China, I invited artist Lee Kit to hand-paint a HKSAR regional flag for me, which had to follow the detail instructions in “The State’s Standards of The People’s Republic of China, GB16689-1996”, issued by The State Authority of Technical Monitoring. My girlfriend Wong Wai Yin sewed the painted cloth into a flag. I then asked my parents to perform a flags-raising-lowering ceremony on our home’s clothes drying rack, with the hand-painted flag, and the national flag of The People’s Republic of China and The United Kingdom. In the video, the flags were continuously raised and lowered arbitrarily by my parents, the national anthem of the associated flag was played or suddenly paused while the flag was raised or lowered.'
- Kwan Sheung Chi
From a series of flitting bills to a bouquet of poised lilies, Kwan Sheung-Chi (b. 1980, Hong Kong) tenaciously pursues across multiple mediums a conceptual practice rooted in criticism of political status quo, assignations of value and modes of existence. At the core of Kwan’s practice is the thematic of reality as seen and experienced by ordinary citizens. Strongly associated is the specific discussion of capitalism, which reappears as a topic of reflection in Kwan’s work. Chi has held exhibitions at Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (2017); Mill6, Hong Kong (2016); ZKM, Karlsruhe (2015); Borusan Contemporary, Istanbul (2015); ParaSite, Hong Kong (2015, 2014); Witte de With, Rotterdam (2014); Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna (2014); Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai (2013); Hiroshima MOCA, Hiroshima (2013); amongst others. Kwan holds a B.A. degree in Fine Art from The Chinese University of Hong Kong and in 2000 was named the “King of Hong Kong New Artist”. In 2002 the exhibition “Kwan Sheung-Chi Touring Series Exhibitions, Hong Kong” was held across 10 major exhibition venues in Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Art Centre presented “A Retrospective of Kwan Sheung-Chi”. Kwan is also a founding member of local art groups, Hong Kong Arts Discovery Channel (HKADC), hkPARTg (Political Art Group) and Woofer Ten. In 2009, Kwan was awarded the Starr Foundation Fellowship from the Asian Cultural Council to take part in an international residency programme in New York, USA. In 2012 Kwan received a commission from the West Kowloon Cultural District Association (WKCDA) and in 2013 was the winner of the inaugural Hugo Boss Asia Art.
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