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OUTSIDE IN: ALTERNATIVE NARRATIVES IN CONTEMPORARY ART
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09 Jun 2009 - 19 Jul 2009

The Department of Fine Arts and the University Museum and Art Gallery of The University of Hong Kong are delighted to present an exhibition entitled Outside In: alternative narratives in contemporary art from 9 June to 19 July 2009. Organized in conjunction with the conference titled Rethinking Visual Narratives from Asia: Intercultural and Comparative Perspectives, the exhibition presents the work of six young artists to show the narrative potential of contemporary art today.

The Lahore-based artists Aisha Khalid and Imran Qureshi were both trained in the ancient art of Mughal miniatures but have transformed it from an illustrative art form into an expressive one. Khalid subverts the miniature format to create works featuring optical effects, while Qureshi's delicate brushwork and gold embellished abstract paintings have echoes of their earlier precedents. Wilson Shieh is a local artist who also uses a traditional visual language, that of Chinese gongbi (fine line) painting in depicting darkly humorous and fictional characters that personify aspects of contemporary urban life in Hong Kong.

Htein Lin is a Burmese painter and performance artist whose works in the exhibition are a personal record of his imprisonment in Burma. Without access to art materials, the process of making art in prison became an act of defiance that carried risks of further punishment. Although working in a medium that we associate more readily with documentary or entertainment, Laura Waddington uses film to investigate themes of displacement. CARGO is a deeply poetic film, which records a journey that she took on a cargo ship, following the lives of those on board and those that they encountered along the way.

The artworks of Hong Kong artist Sara Tse reflects upon loss and memory. By turning iconic items that belonged to her mother into paper-thin porcelain, Tse hopes to recover aspects of her own personal history. In Tse's hands these porcelain artworks are reminders of how fragile and ephemeral our own memories are.

The artists Htein Lin, Wilson Shieh and Sara Tse will take part in a discussion about their art practise at the Museum on Wednesday 10 June from 5:30 to 7:00 pm. This event will be conducted in English, is free and open to the public. All are welcome. No registration required.


Wilson Shieh 

 Blue and White Bowl with Red Dragon 

 Chinese ink and colour on silk 

 2002 

 38 x 27 cm


Htein Lin 

 Gloomy Room 1 

 Vinyl housepaint on cloth 

 2001 

 85.5 x 156 cm 


Imran Qureshi 

 Portrait 

 Gold lead and gouache on wasli (paper) 

 2007 

 20 x 33 cm

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