Samson Young: Songs for Disaster Relief is conceived by multidisciplinary artist Samson Young for the 57th International Art Exhibition at the Venice Biennale 2017. Featuring a series of sculptures, objects, videos, sound installations and site-specific pieces, the exhibition offers a unique audiovisual experience that re-examines the popularity of charity singles from the 1980s. Creatively repurposing and misreading iconic songs made by popular artists for charitable causes, Young draws on seemingly unrelated past and current events to explore the social, political, and philosophical implications of ‘charity singles’ in a cross-cultural context.
Our tour will be led by Curator of Hong Kong Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2017 and M+ Guest Curator, Ying Kwok.
Ying Kwok is noted for her inventive curatorial approach, which is centered on “boundaries of collaboration” between curators, artists, and the wider community. Kwok is the sole curator at the Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art in Manchester in the UK between 2006 and 2012. Since 2013, Kwok became independence curator working internationally. She curated Collector Club in Oi, Hong Kong, co-curated Harmonious Society, as part of Asia Triennial Manchester 2014, From longing to belonging at Laznia Centre for Contemporary Art in Poland, No cause for alarm at La MaMa Galleria in New York. Kwok is the lead curator of LOOK International Photography Festival and curator for Hong Kong presentation in Venice Biennale 2017.
In 2014, Kwok was awarded the Asia Cultural Council Fellowship to carry out a five-month-long research on participatory and engagement projects in the US. To encourage critical thinking and initiating effective discussions in Hong Kong, Kwok founded Art Appraisal Club with a group of local art professional. The group provides regular exhibition reviews and their articles are published in magazines and various cultural networks. The group launched the bilingual bi-annual journal, Art Review Hong Kong in 2016.