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An art show in Switzerland became an accidental lens into Hong Kong’s protests — Quartz

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— by Vivienne Chow: An exhibition of Hong Kong art in Switzerland that coincided with the city’s biggest protests ever became, briefly, a cultural reference point for understanding Hong Kong’s political struggles.

The show, which took place during the Art Basel fair in the Swiss town of Basel earlier this month, is the first part of an on-going curatorial project entitled Homeland in Transit spearheaded by Hong Kong curator Angelika Li, who relocated to Switzerland two years ago.

“I’m often asked, ‘where are you from?’ in my new home in Switzerland. And this simple question triggers quite a lot of conversations and thoughts on the shifting nature of our cultural identity,” Li told Quartz. “I always see ourselves as orphans on our floating city that goes through waves of changes and transformations.” …

Image: ‘Hong Kong is Our Museum’ (2006) by MAP Office on show as part of ‘Homeland in Transit’ in Basel, Switzerland, courtesy of the artists and Angelika Li

July 4, 2019

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