Arts Collective Presents Very Natural Actions at Tai Kwun Contemporary
Why We Recommend it
Hong Kong-based curators André Chan and Jing Chin-yin Chong present works from emerging artists from Hong Kong, the Mainland, and Taiwan, who encourage viewers not to linger on the surfaces of works but to seek out that gem of a tree within the forest of forms and meanings.
The title of the exhibition, Very Natural Actions, is taken from Roland Barthes’s structuralist interpretation of Balzac’s short story. Barthes believed that “great structures, serious symbols, grand meanings are built upon an unimpressive foundation of ordinary acts”. The exhibition attempts to redefine how artwork serves as the bridge between the artist and the audience.
This exhibition is an extension of the artists’ discussions in Shanghai exhibitions which highlighted artistic production and practices. It attempts to open up the surfaces of works, offering a cross-section of themes and creative impulses of the various artists. Through the creative process, artists’ perceptions of the world generate a certain order and regularity, morphing into distinctive worlds. The works in front of the eyes of the audience should constitute enough of a trace, offering a dimension ordinarily hidden behind the process of artistic creation, and unfolding greater possibilities in the viewing of artworks.