Leung Chi Wo
b. 1968, Hong Kong, China; lives and works in Hong Kong, China.
Leung Chi Wo is a visual artist who uses photography, texts, found objects, performance and installation to combine historical exploration with conceptual inquiry. Deploying historical research and exploration of urban landscapes, the outcomes belie the often conceptual impetus and concerns of the works. Across his wide-ranging use of materials, disciplines, and techniques, he highlights his almost philosophical interest in the undetermined relationship between conception, perception and understanding. This is evident in relation to site and history within cultural/political frameworks. His practice always involves research into different contexts and situations, and the artistic outcomes are intrinsically linked to the hidden relationships of various subjects. Experiencing Leung Chi Wo’s work is to have our doubts about memory, power systems and the ambivalence of history reinforced.
Leung Chi Wo's recent solo exhibitions include One day too early..., Periode, Berlin (2021); Home and Nonhome, Eaton Hotel, Hong Kong (2020); Tsunan Museum of the Lost, Hong Kong House, Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale (2018); Something There and Never There, Blindspot Gallery, Hong Kong (2018); This Is My Song, Rokeby, London (2016); Press the Button... Leung Chi Wo: A Survey Exhibition, OCT Contemporary Art Terminal, Shenzhen (2015); Leung Chi Wo, Rokeby, London (2012); Inter)Viewing Possession, Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong (2009); Depot of Disappearance, MuseumsQuartier, Vienna (2009); Asia’s World City, Goethe-Institut, Hong Kong (2009); Text Format, Hanart TZ Gallery, Hong Kong (2007); Where is Hong Kong?, Grotto Fine Art, Hong Kong (2003); Always Gentian Blue Sky, La Terrasse, Sierre (2003); Something about city sky, Queens Museum, New York (2000); and Victoria Tunnel, Para Site, Hong Kong (1998). Group exhibitions include Hong Kong Video Night, Atelier Mondial and PF25, Münchenstein/Basel (2022); Aichi Triennale, Aichi, (2019); Thailand Biennale, Krabi, Thailand (2018); Mekong—New Mythologies, Hong Kong Arts Centre, Hong Kong (2017); Discordant Harmony, Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, Taipei (2016); Figures in Speech, Shanghai Center of Photography, Shanghai (2015); CHINA 8, NRW-Forum, Düsseldorf (2015); Great Crescent: Art and Agitation in the 1960s — Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan, Para Site, Hong Kong (2013); The Unseen: the Fourth Guangzhou Triennial, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou (2012); Other Possible Worlds, neue Gesellschaft für bildende Kunst, Berlin (2011); New Vision: New Colours, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong (2010); and HK Sound Station, Para Site, Hong Kong (2009).
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