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Shirley Tse

Stakeholders, Hong Kong in Venice / La Biennale di Venezia / Venice / May 11 – Nov 19, 2019 / John Batten / “Butterflies stir a breeze and the ripples flow unceasingly: far away the cyclones swirl. It’s a whole, connected world. Oh, Gaia!” * Shirley Tse’s tactile, predominantly hand-crafted installations at last year’s Venice Biennale were a unique offering. Her Stakeholders presentation in the indoor ground-floor rooms and adjacent outdoor courtyard of the three-storey residential building in the Hong Kong pavilion at the Venice Biennale was not whizz-bang technology or smart-idea-as-art; nor was it not big-so-I-must-be-noticed or I’m-backed-by-a-big-gallery. It was refreshingly uncomplicated, using found and natural objects, unconsciously recycled and studiously repurposed. It allowed contemplation and a place for the public to rest and consider: the artist installed a row of simple aluminium bleachers; elevated, rowed seating usually found next to a sports court. Directly in front of these seats was an imagined abstracted game of badminton, Playcourt. Inside, glimpsed from the courtyard through open doors was the sprawling installation Negotiated Differences. Thinking was encouraged at the Hong Kong …

Shirley Tse: Stakeholders, Hong Kong in Venice

May 11 – Nov 24, 2019 Campo della TanaCastello 212630122 VeniceItaly The exhibition Shirley Tse: Stakeholders, Hong Kong in Venice is Hong Kong’s Collateral Event at the 58th Venice Biennale. It is organised by M+, West Kowloon Cultural District, and the Hong Kong Arts Development Council, and curated by Christina Li with Doryun Chong, Deputy Director, Curatorial, and Chief Curator, M+. Over the past two decades, the Los Angeles–based Hong Kong artist Shirley Tse has used sculpture to consider how plastic operates as a signifier of globalisation, in terms of the material’s circulation, standardisation, and industrialisation. More recently, she has looked at plastic as an adjective, exploring its resonance, movement, and multiplicity in the contemporary period. The exhibition in Venice presents a new body of site-responsive work that furthers Tse’s investigation into plasticity as a means to understand the world. Two sculptural installations—titled Negotiated Differences and Playcourt—embrace multidimensional thinking and mediate contrasting materials and processes to shed light on connections among subjectivities in pluralistic societies. The works explore horizontality and verticality, highlighting the unique spatial qualities of the exhibition site, …