The Hong Kong Response Exhibition of the 15th Venice Biennale International Architecture Exhibition opened recently, showcasing the talents of young artists and architects
Following the success of Stratagems in Architecture: Hong Kong in Venice at the 15th Venice Biennale International Architecture Exhibition, the Hong Kong Response Exhibition opened in May at Oi! art space in North Point.
Co-organised by the Hong Kong Institute of Architects Biennale Foundation, the Hong Kong Arts Development Council and Oi!, the exhibition, sponsored by CreateHK in partnership with the Hong Kong Institute of Architects, provides a platform for young architects to demonstrate their approaches to social responsibility, reducing the gap between private demands and public needs in the fields of architecture and art.
In response to the 15th Venice Biennale Architecture Exhibition's theme Reporting from the Front, the curatorial team combined the wisdom of ancient Chinese military strategies with contemporary solutions to create its own Stratagems in Architecture and apply the classical Chinese essay Thirty-Six Stratagems to the challenges they face as compassionate professionals in today's social climate. The 13 exhibits originally displayed in Venice were presented in new ways in Hong Kong.
Those taking part showcased their considered responses to the forces of change facing a modern city. Stanley Siu's original Venice exhibit, First Confession, was transformed from towering stacks of metal bunk beds into a pristine new form named Confessional. Siu constructed a pure-white exterior from wax bricks to represent the prayer candles found in cathedrals. The exhibit was designed to create a tranquil space for visitors' own reflections in the midst of a concrete jungle.
"As the chief curator of the exhibition, I want to showcase the artistic and architectural talents we have in Hong Kong to shine and bedazzle on a local and international platform in our unique way," said Stanley Siu, chief curator of the exhibition, at the opening ceremony took place on 4 May, who was also the recipient of the Young Architect Award 2013 from the Hong Kong Institute of Architects and Perspective's 40 Under 40 Award last year.
Hong Kong Response Exhibition of the 15th Venice Biennale International Architecture Exhibition
Date: 2 May – 30 May
Location: Oi!, 12 Oil Street, North Point, Hong Kong