Talk by Hong Kong-based curators Yung Ma and Yang Yeung.
Exhibitions are where artworks meet their publics. In Asia, with the general absence of systematic public collections and few academic art history departments, exhibitions are more than just sites of display and interaction. Exhibitions—and the curatorial strategies shaping them, institutional demands driving them, and art writing accompanying them—have become the primary sites of art historical construction.
Complementing the latest issue of Field Notes, 'Publics, Histories, Value: The Changing Stakes of Exhibitions' is a talk series featuring international and Hong Kong-based curators, educators, and artists responding to and enriching the contents of the e-journal.
The third and final talk in the series features Hong Kong-based curators Yung Ma and Yang Yeung, whose work with moving image, sound, and digital media questions standard presentation forms and practices to reimagine sites of interaction and engagement for artists and their publics.
Yung Ma is Associate Curator of Moving Image at M+, Hong Kong. Ma was Co-Curator for Lee Kit's 'You (you).' (2013) and Assistant Curator and Project Manager of Pak Sheung Chuen's 'Making (Perfect) Word: Harbour, Hong Kong, Alienated Cities and Dreams' (2009) at la Biennale di Venezia. Ma previously served as Assistant Curator for Para Site Art Space, Hong Kong, and also contributes regularly to publications and exhibition catalogues. He holds a MA in Curating Contemporary Art from the Royal College of Art in London, and a BA in Fine Art and Japanese from the University of Reading.
Yang Yeung is an independent curator, writer, and educator. She writes about art, teaches classics at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), and organises exhibitions and related programmes. Yeung founded soundpocket in 2008 to promote interdisciplinary research, curatorial practices, and public education in sound, art, and culture. She holds an MA in Anthropology from Yale University and a PhD in Intercultural Studies at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
The fourth issue of Field Notes, 'Publics, Histories, Value: The Changing Stakes of Exhibitions' takes as its point of departure, the 2013 symposium Sites of Construction: Exhibitions and the Making of Recent Art History in Asia, and carries the exploration forward to an expanded set of geographies, models, and ideas to emphasise alternative ways of seeing and approaching exhibitions, and their contribution to the writing of multiple histories of art today.