By David Clarke
The booklet brings jointly a chain of essays approximately artwork in Hong Kong written during the last ten years, with the goal of delivering a private chronicle of the Hong Kong paintings global in the course of a time of serious change.
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32 Engaging Tradition The first art exhibitions I organized in Hong Kong took place inside the University of Hong Kong's Department of Fine Arts, in a room which could double as an exhibition space outside of term time. When it became no longer possible to use this space for exhibitions, I developed the ambition to do a show at the Fung Ping Shan Museum. I had already written about the role of museums, and was interested in having the opportunity to organize a show in one. I decided to do something experimental, not just in a museum space but about museum spaces.
In the latter case the artist's commitment might be to loan the work for public display for a specified period in order to discharge indebtedness for the support received. 48 The Culture of Democracy: Looking at Art in Hong Kong Of course, I am well aware that public commissions are already offered in Hong Kong, but my suggestions would involve a departure from present practice in two ways. Firstly, I would envisage that the commissioning process would normally be by means of open competition when it is directed at Hong Kong artists.
Here, as with tourism, the ritual function of photography is quite precisely defined even if it is rarely discussed. The activity of taking family snapshots, placing them in albums and looking through those albums are ways not just of recording family togetherness but of creating that togetherness, a medium through which family life is produced. Photography is an integral part of modern rites of passage, featuring prominently at weddings and graduation ceremonies, for instance. In Hong Kong, if nowhere else, it is very common to see young women being photographed by their boyfriends against scenic backdrops in their best clothes and in poses straight from the pages of a fashion magazine indicating that photography has insinuated itself even into the rituals of courtship.