Multiple Book Launch

Alvaro Rodriguez, Nadim Abbas, Michael Lee, Wong Wing Fung, Alvis Choi

Oct 15, 2010

Books: This Is Hong Kong: 15 Videoartists (ed. Alvaro Rodriguez Fominaya and Nadim Abbas),
Who Cares? 16 Essays On Curating In Asia (ed. Alvaro Rodriguez Fominaya and Michael Lee),
Fugue In The Key Of Understanding (ed. Michelle Lee, Wong Wing Fung, Alvis Choi) and
FAX: The Hong Kong Works (ed. Alvaro Rodriguez Fominaya)
Date: (Friday) 15 October, 2010; 6pm – 8pm
Venue: Para Site Art Space, G/F, 4 Po Yan Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong

Para Site Art Space is pleased to announce the multiple book launch of four publications: This Is Hong Kong: 15 Videoartists, Who Cares? 16 Essays On Curating In Asia, Fugue In The Key Of Understanding and FAX: The Hong Kong Works. The launch of these publications is part of Para Site Art Space’s mission to contribute to the development of a critical voice within the Hong Kong and global art scene.

Who Cares? is an anthology that compiles 16 essays on curating art in and of Asia. One of the themes addresses the politics of care, commonly understood as the basic role of curators, with regards to art and artists, across time and contexts. Another theme revolves around markers of success in the realm of contemporary curating. A third recurring theme deals with curating in the globalised art world of advanced travel and communication technologies. A fourth theme reconsiders the audience as active producers in a curated experience. Through a variety of perspectives and literary styles, these texts constitute primary notes towards 'curatorial criticism,' a subfield of art criticism that identifies the new in curating today. The book includes essays by Hu Fang, Norman Ford, Hou Hanru and Michael Lee, among others, and is designed by seed  projects. This project is co-published by Para Site Art Space, Studio Bibliotèque and seed | projects.

The publication of This Is Hong Kong follows the international tour of the video exhibition organized by Para Site Art Space. The book features essays by Alvaro Rodriguez Fominaya, Venus Lau and Robin Peckham. It includes descriptions of videoart works by 15 artists from Hong Kong, with Leung Chi Wo, Adrian Wong or Leung Mee Ping among them. The catalogue is designed by Nadim Abbas.

Fugue In The Key Of Understanding is the publication following the exhibition of Para Site Art Space – Hong Kong Jockey Club Curatorial Training Programme. Editors are students of the programme— Michelle Lee, Wong Wing Fung, Alvis Choi. The catalogue includes essays by the curators and Valerie C. Doran, as well as descriptions on works by Jun Nguyen-Hatsushiba, Mari Velonaki, Matt Dabrowski and The Many Hands Of Glamour, among others.

FAX: The Hong Kong Works is an appendix catalogue to FAX. The publication is produced for the traveling exhibition co-organized by The Drawing Center, New York, and iCI (Independent Curators International), New York, curated by João Ribas, and circulated by iCI. For the Hong Kong leg of the exhibition, curator Álvaro Rodríguez Fominaya invited 18 new contributors to conceive of the fax machine as a tool for thinking and drawing. This book is a document of these fresh perspectives to the project.

About Para Site
Para Site Art Space is a contemporary art space located in Hong Kong Island and founded in 1996. We host an ambitious programme of exhibitions, screenings, talks and events that bring into Hong Kong some of the leading practitioners in the international arena, encourage the visibility of artists from Hong Kong, and facilitate East-West dialogue. We have a satellite venue located at Hanart TZ Gallery which showcases a younger generation of artists.

Para Site Art Space has organized the official representation of Hong Kong in Venice Biennial in years 2003 and 2009, has also participated in Gwangju Biennial, Guangzhou Triennial, among others. Para Site Art Space exhibitions and programmes have traveled to Germany, Thailand, Korea, Taiwan, United Kingdom, Singapore and Australia.

Para Site Art Space is run by a Executive Director/Curator, a Manager, a Programme Coordinator and an Education and Development Officer and governed by a board of directors. Para Site is supported by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council as well as vital contributions from patrons and Founding Friends of Para Site.

For media contact, please contact:
Dominique Chiu
Tel: +852 2517 4620

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