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March 19, 2015, Center on Contemporary Art (CoCA) hosted the opening reception of Change-Seed: Contemporary Art from Hong Kong & Beyond. The exhibition, which will run through May 15, features artists working in and around Hong Kong, China. Independent curator David Francis, PhD brought together a diverse selection of artistic responses to the sweeping effects of modernization, and to the subsequent political struggle that has brought international attention to Hong Kong.

Hong Kong Street Art

Posted by admin on April 3, 2015

From Change-Seed curator David Francis

Street Art in Hong Kong, like the Lonely Planet guidebook reports in the passage below, is a new phenomenon, reflecting the fairly recent emergence of contemporary art in Hong Kong in the early 1970s. Since Beijing and Shanghai have much deeper traditions of art production, compared to the relatively recent emergence of Hong Kong as a center of trade and finance (British occupation: 1842 – 1997), art has always been an afterthought in this city of money. With major initiatives designed to pay more attention to art (M+ space, West Kowloon Arts District), combined with the major tax breaks on sales that have attracted major art fairs (Art Basel HK since 2013), Hong Kong is poised to catch up to Beijing and Shanghai and perhaps even push beyond them in terms of the role of artists in democratic reform.

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