Leung Chi-wo started a research project 6 months ago with a group of the Hong Kong Art School students and alumni for names of Hong Kong artists whom we are not familiar with. They randomly browsed through exhibition catalogues and invitation cards in the Arts Centre, libraries and art archives. Then they drafted a list of names in hundreds and filtered it with internet search for those who were rarely heard in the last decade. Leung brought this shortlist to several senior artists and curators for their memories of names in it and those who remain in their heart, which have become the basis for 3 new works for this project.
“It is an exploration of names that had once appeared in my artistic journey. Those unheard of names, acquaintances, and friends… are now far off from my life. What is the percentage of names that remain remembered among all those we come across? It is such a nice excuse to revisit the list of the forgotten in the name of art. And he is there and I would like to make a drawing of him.”— Leung Chi-wo
Born in Hong Kong in 1968 and graduated with a Master of Fine Arts from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Leung Chi-wo co-founded Para/Site Art Space in 1996. In 2001, Leung’s site-specific project was exhibited at the first Hong Kong pavilion of the Venice Biennale.