So long, thanks again for the fish
1. This is the first major group show of Hong Kong art in the Nordic region and It features works by Luke Ching Chin Wai, Christopher K. Ho, Lam Tung Pang, Cedric Maridet, and Angela Su
2. The theme of the show takes inspiration from Anna Tsing’s 'The Mushroom at the End of the World' and her proposal of collaborative survival, where imperfection can be the starting point for a world on the verge of a reboot
There are moments when our lives appear to be stuck on pause, a constant blinking of time as if we are on the verge of a reboot. In recent years, Hong Kong faced many social and political upheavals and changes. This year a new National Security Law was introduced. We also continue to face a global pandemic that impacts our health, our livelihoods, our borders and sense of community. But Hong Kong is not alone in experiencing an uncertain future. We share our experiences knowing that we are all somehow entangled and ask: Instead of utopian visions that emphasizes progress and clarity of logic, should we be looking at the imperfect to recalibrate the stuff of survival?
The selected five artists are Luke Ching Chin Wai, Christopher K. Ho, Lam Tung Pang, Cedric Maridet, and Angela Su. Taking inspiration from Anna Tsing’s The Mushroom at the End of the World and her proposal of collaborative survival, the exhibition features seven new commissions and two set of earlier artworks. Collectively, we seek unexpected connections and diversity by disrupting the historical site of Levyhalli with our presence as we work across differences in our imperfect encounters, and then - maybe - we can give thanks again for the fish.
So long, thanks again for the fish is part of Helsinki Biennial Inspired-programme. Helsinki Biennial is an international art event that will bring outstanding contemporary art to maritime Helsinki. The first Helsinki Biennial will be held in the unique surroundings of Vallisaari Island 12.6.–26.9.2021.
Presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
Co-organised by the Art Promotion Office and HIAP – Helsinki International Artist Programme
Supported by the Governing Body of Suomenlinna and the City of Helsinki
This 360 tour is supported by The University of Hong Kong.