This year marks the 60th anniversary of the Hong Kong Institute of Architects (HKIA), which has been celebrating by staging a series of events — showing now is REVEAL 2 Exhibition — For the City. For the Community. + − × ÷ showcases the artwork of its members, and emphasises close ties with the local community
Since the beginning of the year, the Hong Kong Institute of Architects (HKIA) has staged a wide range of activities and exhibitions throughout the city and abroad to mark the occasion of its 60th anniversary. Last month, the opening ceremony of REVEAL 2 Exhibition — For the City. For the Community. + − × ÷ took place at ArtisTree in Taikoo Place, Quarry Bay, showcases artwork from 90 HKIA members in the form of photography, installations, drawing, calligraphy, 3D sculptures and handicrafts, aiming to demonstrate the close ties between architects and the community.
"This exhibition is a process rather than just a presentation of exhibits," says Corrin Chan, chairman of the organising committee of REVEAL 2. "As architects, we are responsible for the well-being of the public and I hope that the exhibition will be a catalyst for change."
Themed For the City. For the Community+ − × ÷, the exhibition is divided into four zones; namely addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, as suggested by its name.
Aware that the general public are unlikely to know very much about the architectural industry and thus distance themselves from it, the organising committee was faced with a challenge in terms of selecting appropriate pieces to exhibit in REVEAL 2.
"We hope to demonstrate that our skills and knowledge contribute to society," explains Tony Ip, leader of the curatorial team. "That's why we were not only looking at the artistic expression of the exhibits, but also the creative process of interacting with the community."
For example, Alice in Hongkongland, created by Wayne Mak and Brian Fok, is one of the exhibits in the 'addition' zone. According to the artists, homes in the city are viewed as a commodity over and beyond their stated function, so, by showcasing Alice in a modern home, they hope that Hong Kongers, architects and stakeholders from different developers can mutually examine the problem of living spaces.
Taking place at ArtisTree in Taikoo Place on 9 September, the opening ceremony of REVEAL 2 was officiated by Carrie Lam, Hong Kong's Chief Secretary for Administration, as well as Wong Kam-sing, Secretary for the Environment;Vincent Ng, president of HKIA; and the organising committee itself.
Running until 7 October 2016, the previous edition took place three years ago, showcasing artwork from about 80 HKIA members and attracting more than 17,000 visitors during the whole period.
"In 2013, the REVEAL exhibition offered an interactive dialogue with the public through architects' artwork. This year, the architects were encouraged to explore and define their social intentions and offer insights into our city, alternative forms of living and core values such as justice, equality, participation, sharing and sustainability," says Ip.
REVEAL 2 forms part of a series of activities celebrating the HKIA's 60th anniversary, which formally kicked off in November last year at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. Following that, multiple activities have been launched to engage the public, such as tram tours in July and August this year, which attracted about 120 participants in total. During the journeys, participants were given a brief introduction to spectacular design features of buildings from Sai Ying Pun all the way to Happy Valley.
HKIA is also participating in the ongoing 15th Venice Biennale International Architecture Exhibition, as well as the 17th Asian Congress of Architects (ACA17) in late September, which saw architects and students from 18 countries and regions across Asia arrive in Hong Kong to join in on the events presentations and keynote speeches.
"We have received good feedback from the public and participants of the Biennale [to our events]," says Vincent Ng, president of HKIA. "We hope that all the activities we have launched will help to promote HKIA to all sectors of society."