Art Basel Hong Kong Film Programme: 38 Works by 36 International Artists

Art Basel stages contemporary and Modern art fairs in Basel, Miami Beach and Hong Kong, with each show site specific and defined by the cultures of its host city. Now in its second year, Art Basel Hong Kong’s film programme explores the themes of Urbanity; Nowhere; Minor Revolution; Healing; Reperform, Reconstruct, Represent; Animated Reality and Goddess through 38 works by 36 artists.

Included in Urbanity are brand new works PICNIC (2014) by Chen Tianzhuo and Song Kun’s A Thousand Kisses Deep (2012); as well as In the Rain (2014) by UJINO and Raed Yassin’s The Immigration Forecast (Ep.1) (2010). These pieces explore the fears created and laid bare by urban development, while Nowhere looks at ‘non-spaces’ and the void in Zhou Tao’s After Reality (2013) two films from Yao Jui-Chung, as well as works by Chen Qiulin, Aikaterini Gegisian, Hsu Chia-Wei, Cao Guimarães, Liu Shiyuan and Raed Yassin.

Minor Revolution sees powerful works such as She Is My Aunt (2008) by Yu Cheng-ta exhibited, while Healing looks at how we deal with trauma via ten films, including Michael Craig-Martin’s Film (1963).

Reperform, Reconstruct, Represent details reoccurring narratives, myths, and the stories and songs of travelling poets in works such as South of Heave (2014) by Tobias Bernstrup and films by John Akomfrah, Liberte Grace (Amy Tan), Lei Lei, Yan Xing and Yao Qingmei.

Animated Reality however, will break down barriers between reality and fiction with short films that look into warped perceptions, via works by Lu Yang – the bizarre Uterus Man (2013) – Adam Shecter, Eleven Rivington, Hans Op de Beeck, Chang Li-Ren, Zhang Xiaotao, Richard Lewer and Raed Yassin, who will play The Immigration Forecast (Ep.5) (2010) for a second time.

The programme will end with the seminal piece, Freeing the Voice (1975) by Marina Abramovi? which appears alongside The Fundamentals of Piano (2014) by Cheng Ran to form the final, seventh section: Goddess.

Art Basel Hong Kong 2015, 14 -17 March, Hong Kong Arts Centre, 2 Harbour Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong.

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1. Yan Xing, Arty, Super-Arty (2013). Courtesy Galerie Urs Meile.