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Tomato Grey: No Trans-national – Liquid borders and Empty Promises at ISE Cultural Foundation



No Trans-national 

– Liquid borders and Empty Promises


Opening Reception: Friday, September 7, 6 – 8 PM

Panel Discussion: Saturday, September 8, 3 – 6 PM
Exhibition: September 7 – October 26, 2012

Curated by Eleanor Heartney

Artists: Pak Sheung Chuen, Teresa Kwong, Bing Lee, Annysa Ng, Samsom Young, and Kaho Albert Yu

Panelists: Alexandra Chang, Director of Public Programs & Research Manager of the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU; Jane DeBevoise, Chair of Asia Art Archive (New York and Hong Kong); Evans Chan, Hong Kong film director, and artists.


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ISE Cultural Foundation, in collaboration with curator Eleanor Heartney, artist collective Tomato Grey and ifva (the flagship project of the Hong Kong Arts Centre), will present an exhibition of Hong Kong art in New York.

Long a city of trade and finance, Hong Kong is now discovering a new role as “Asia’s art capital” (BBC News, March 2012). The city became the world’s third largest art auction market after New York and London in 2007, and since 2008 has been home to one of the most successful contemporary art fair in Asia. But Hong Kong has not always been taken as seriously as an arts destination: until recently, there had been little critical and artistic interest in the work of Hong Kong artists. No Trans-national – Liquid borders and Empty Promises will be the second ever exhibition to take place in New York City that is devoted entirely to the art of this emerging Asian art capital.

This ambitious exhibition takes as its curatorial point of departure Hong Kong’s ambiguous cultural relationship with Mainland China. Some 15 years after reunification, the majority of people in Hong Kong still consider themselves “Hong Kong-ers” instead of “Chinese” according to a recent poll conducted by the University of Hong Kong. Artists featured in this exhibition collectively reimagine the permutable threshold line that separates these two regions; through acts of creativity, the artists of No Trans-nationalism seek to re-assess, reconstruct and deconstruct the Hong Kong-China border, to reveal its limits and unveil its hidden political agenda.

A wide range of media will be covered in this exhibition, from new media installation, mural and photography, to video and conceptual art. Artists will include Bing Lee, Annysa Ng, Samson Young, Pak Sheung Chuen and Kaho Yu. In addition, a video program entitled “Hong Kong, our home town,” curated by the Teresa Kwong of the prestigious ifva (Incubator for Film and Visual media in Asia, formally as Hong Kong Independent short Film and Video Awards) will be hosted in conjunction to the exhibition.

No Trans-national – Liquid borders and Empty Promises opens on September 7 at 6 pm at ISE Cultural Foundation, 555 Broadway, New York, NY 10012. A panel discussion co-hosted with Asian/Pacific/American Institute at New York University, moderated by Eleanor Heartney will take place on September 8, Saturday from 3-6 pm at ISE Cultural Foundation.

No Trans-national – Liquid borders and Empty Promises is sponsored by Hong Kong Art Development Council, and is made possible in part with public funds from the Manhattan Community Arts Fund, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and administered by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.

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