First CITYA 2021: City as a Medium
Hong Kong Section (Phy-xhibition)
17 September – 8 October 2021
Monday - Sunday 11am-7pm
This year’s CITYA Hong Kong section will include onsite showcases of artworks within the city. Exhibition venues including 1a space and Videotage at Cattle Depot Art Village as well as Koo Ming Kown Exhibition Gallery and AVA Gallery at Hong Kong Baptist University will be engaged together with the addition of other unique locations such as Lai Chi Wo and To Kwa Wan.
List of Artists: Nadim ABBAS, Ekkehard ALTENBURGER, LEE Wing Ki Kalen, LEUNG Mee Ping, MAK Hoi Shan Anson, Cédric MARIDET, Peter NELSON, NG Siu King Kingsley, Louis NIXON, Tom O'DEA, Daniel SHANKEN, WAN Lai Kuen Annie, Michael WHITTLE
Curator: Janet Fong
- Koo Ming Kown Exhibition Gallery, Lee Shau Kee Communication & Visual Arts Building, Hong Kong Baptist University (5 Hereford Road, Kowloon Tong) AVA Gallery, Kai Tak Campus, 51 Kwun Tong Road, Kowloon
- 1a space, No. 14 Cattle Depot
Videotage, No. 13 Cattle Depot
No. 8 Cattle Depot Shop
No. 122 To Kwa Wan Road
- Lai Chi Wo, New Territories, Hong Kong
- Online platforms: Facebook, Instagram and websites - Global Screenings in the public area in different cities and in Hong Kong in collaboration with other universities.
- Online Residency (Videotage)
- Online Map
First CITYA 2021: City as a Medium
Online Exhibition 17 September – 16 November 2021
CITYA proudly presents a new series of E-xhibition and Phy-xhibition- CITYA 2021
CITYA is an alternative type of large-scale international art exchange programme and exhibition between six global cities including Beijing, Hong Kong, Macao, Rome, San Francisco and Tallinn. It is a long-term project that will occur every three years to build collaborations between international art institutions and organizations. The project is based upon the theme of ‘City as a medium’, and revolves around the complex relationships between cities themselves, artists living and working within city contexts and the educational and city-based institutional frameworks and structures for art production and display.
City as a medium
Four years ago, a group of curators began a discussion on the topic “City as a medium”. The idea was inspired by social theorist Henri Lefebvre as he stated, “the art of living in the city as a work of art” in his collection of essays Right to the City. The exploration led to a new notion in the curators’ minds; the purpose of art is not simply to beautify the city or serve as a memento, the city in itself is a “work” of art or an oeuvre which involves citizen’s rights of participation as play.
Under the influence of the pandemic, people have carried on living as “global citizens” relying much more on the means of the internet. Meanwhile, they still continue to live within real physical spaces of their own cities. So how do artists reinterpret the art of living in both their own actual cities and the expanding virtual cities? What could the future of art entail when the very meaning of “city” has been transformed after the changes?
CITYA explores the interrelationship of spatiality between the actual space and digital space by considering the display methodologies and their effects on artistic responses. The exhibition invites artists to express their thoughts through their practices within the theme “City as a medium” while encourages the artists to interpret the same theme in post-pandemic, and whilst confronting social injustice.
Artists from 6 cities (Macao, Hong Kong, Beijing, Tallinn, Rome, San Francisco)
Implementing the idea of working together via humanity as a connection between the cities, CITYA features works from 8 art organizations of 6 different cities with over 40 participating artists. Works of digitally friendly mediums such as new media art, paintings, photography and video art will be exhibited alongside traditionally onsite displayed forms such as sculptures and installations.
Online International E-xhibition at: http://www.citya.space/#/
With Onsite Phy-xhibitions, Global and Local screenings