Renowned Chinese artist Zhang Jian-Jun offers a dynamic exhibition composed of three interconnected and interactive parts this autumn at K11 HACC in Hong Kong.
TEXT: CoBo Editorial
IMAGES: Courtesy of K11 Art Foundation
Curated by preeminent Chinese scholar Wu Hung, “Zhang Jian-Jun: Human Traces” reflects the artist’s latest musings on the eternal themes of human beings, nature, and time. Presenting a new body of works arising from his earlier participation in the Artist-in-Residence Programme co-presented by K11 Art Foundation and London’s Royal Academy of Arts (RA) in 2019, the exhibition includes three interconnected and interactive parts, all of which revolve around these three topics and how they evolve around the concept of past, present, and future.
“I hope to explore the possibility of connections beyond cultural and religious differences,” says the artist.
Beginning by responding to, and renewing, Zhang’s 2019 residency exhibition at RA, works created over Zhang’s two months spent in London—including beautifully moving ink and charcoal portraits of people he met during his visit—are presented in fresh light alongside new works. The second part, comprising a corridor of mirrors, offers an immersive experience where visitors are encouraged to contemplate their identity by confronting one’s own reflection.
The final segment—the epilogue—of the exhibition sees Zhang invite visitors to participate in the act of artistic creation and self-exploration by asking three thought-provoking questions, opening a space in which visitors can leave their own “traces” within the exhibition.
Previously on tour in Shanghai and Shenyang, where it drew more than 10,000 visitors and received wide public acclaim, the exhibition in Hong Kong will be the final stop and on view at K11 HACC in Quarry Bay until 14 November 2021.
In addition to online and offline guided tours, “Zhang Jian-Jun: Human Traces” will be accompanied by a series of events and workshops presented by KAF to be announced soon.