The Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB), has brought together 18 artists from different regions of Southeast Asia to create art pieces inspired and inspired by Hong Kong’s perennial icons.
The initiative is also known as “Arts in HK with S.E.A artists”, is an extension for the year-long “Arts in Hong Kong”by raising awareness about Hong Kong’s rich, diverse culture and arts experience, and establishing Hong Kong as a center for international arts and cultural exchange. “Arts in HK with S.E.A artists”Campaign features artists from the Philippines, Singapore Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia.
The artwork collection includes a variety of styles, including digital illustration, painting, pottery, embroidery, sand arts, and more. “As an international arts and culture hub, Hong Kong is excited to engage, nurture and develop the next generation of local artists across the region, while giving them a platform to showcase their talents to the world. By amplifying the potential of artists through this initiative, we hope to positively shape and empower artists within the local arts community in the region,”Raymond Chan is the regional director of Southeast Asia for Hong Kong Tourism Board.
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“Art holds clues to life in the past and present. By looking at a work of art’s symbolism, we can learn, rewind time and experience a culture that is different to our time,”Chan added.
The creations by the 18 Southeast Asian artists explore different facets of old and new Hong Kong – some celebrate traditional crafts such as mahjong carving and slipper embroidery while others look towards the future with the modern M+ museum and the West Kowloon Cultural District.
Ciara Gan, a Filipino painter and content creator, was invited to participate in this project. Gan is most well-known for hand-painting her prom dress in high school. The video of Gan making her prom dress went viral, with over 8.5million views online. “The inspiration for my painting came from the game of Mahjong as it has deep ties to Hong Kong’s culture. After attending the Arts in Hong Kong virtual event organised by the Hong Kong Tourism Board, I was fascinated by Biu Kee Mahjong and Cheung’s hand-carved tiles. The art of hand carving mahjong tiles is so unique, I wanted to create a piece that represents both the memories that come with playing and how mahjong brings families and even strangers together,”Gan.
“Collaborating with Hong Kong Tourism Board is an exciting opportunity for me because I love Hong Kong culture and Hong Kong is one of my favourite cities in the world. Furthermore, to be selected for this campaign is truly a humbling experience as it validates all the hard work that I have put in to perfect my craft.”Kent, an illustrator hailing from Malaysia, said it.
Mela Gonzales, a Filipino embroidery artist, said: “It’s been a long time since I was last in Hong Kong, but I can’t wait to visit again. It is heart-warming to see so many Southeast Asian artists coming together, bringing expertise from different artistic expressions to celebrate Hong Kong. I hope one day we can all gather in Hong Kong to see its iconic skyline in person once again.”
Vina Candrawati, an Indonesian artist with 16.7 Instagram followers, has created a sandart inspired by her childhood memories renting VCR tapes of the Hong Kong series. “Return of the Condor Heroes”She also expressed her desire to travel to Hong Kong soon.
Candrawati stated in an Instagram post: “As a child, I loved watching the Return of The Condor Heroes series, played by Andy Lau and Idy Chan. That’s what makes me love watching Hong Kong drama films, most of which are set in Hong Kong. Because of that, since childhood I dreamed of visiting Hong Kong to be able to meet the actors, see the beauty of the city, enjoy its special food and admire its arts and culture. One day, I want to visit Hong Kong to fulfill my dream as a child and experience a new experience in Hong Kong. I’m a Hong Kong Super Fan!”
(Photo courtesy: Arts in HK with SEA Artists)
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