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Shape of Water at Edouard Malingue Gallery, Hong Kong

Shape of Water /
May 17 – Jun 30, 2021 /
Opening: Saturday, May 15, 2 – 6pm

Edouard Malingue Gallery
Unit B2, 12/F, Blue Box Factory Building
25 Hing Wo Street, Aberdeen, Hong Kong

On the occasion of Galleries Curate: RHE, Edouard Malingue Gallery is pleased to present a group exhibition, Shape of Water, at the gallery’s Tin Wan studioshowcasing works by Chou Yu-Cheng, Ko Sin Tung, Kwan Sheung Chi, Lai Chih-Sheng and Wang Wei.

The widespread Covid-19 pandemic has a global impact on many aspects of the gallery ecosystem and has profoundly affected artists, professionals and realisations of artworks. Although the pandemic aborts a number of scheduled projects and programmes, galleries worldwide manage to come together not long after the outbreak, supporting the community, interacting and cooperating with each other. The Galleries Curate programme was initiated as an expression of this unity, presenting a total of 21 exhibitions concurrently on the online platform and the exhibition spaces of the participating galleries from January until May 2021, in order to express the dynamic dialogue between the galleries’ individual programmes. Galleries Curate: RHE is the first chapter of this collaboration which loosely addresses the theme of water in geographical, political, economic and metaphorical terms, and reminds us that through water, we are all connected.

Responding to the overarching theme, Edouard Malingue presents the exhibition Shape of Water. As the only participating gallery based in China, Edouard Malingue aims at enriching the reading and interpretation of water from different perspectives that are equally pertinent: water has for long been a unique subject in the history of Chinese art, as both an essential artistic material, and a subject matter of cardinal importance. Five artists from the mainland, Hong Kong and Taiwan regions of China participate in this exhibition; attentive to the geographical, political, historical and cultural backgrounds of the gallery’s locus, they present artworks that deal directly with the flowing, rolling theme of water.

Edouard Malingue is pleased to be part of the Galleries Curate programme and converse with international galleries, artists, and audiences. For its duration, the exhibition is available both online and at the gallery’s Tin Wan studio. The gallery looks forward to initiating and being involved in more long-distance curatorial projects across galleries to come.

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