Art Basel Hong Kong Unveils ‘Encounters’ Projects for Forthcoming Fair in March

As protests continue to put Hong Kong on edge, Art Basel is scheduled to go on as planned from March 19 to March 21 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. Having announced in December that it would offer galleries some flexibility in terms of booth and withdrawal fees, the fair has now revealed the 12 artists who will present works in its “Encounters” sector for large-scale installations.

Curated by Alexie Glass-Kantor, the executive director of Artspace in Sydney, this year’s edition of “Encounters” is titled “While We Are Here,” and, the curator said, “will reflect on the impact we have on the world around us and what impact the world we live in has on ourselves.”

Artists included in the “Encounters” program are Marion Baruch (represented by Galerie Urs Meile); Gimhongsok (Kukje Gallery); Lee Bae (Johyun Gallery and Perrotin); Lim Oksang (Ink Studio); Andrew Luk (de Sarthe Gallery); Mike Nelson (neugerriemschneider and Galleria Franco Noero); Patricia Perez Eustaquio (Yavuz Gallery and Silverlens); Imran Qureshi (Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac); Asad Raza (kurimanzutto); Adeela Suleman (Sullivan+Strumpf); Handiwirman Saputra (Gajah Gallery); and Yuk King Tan (Starkwhite).

Nine of the works in “Encounters”—including a new textile-based sculptural intervention by Baruch, a site-specific sculpture of a human head by Oksang, and an installation of unstretched canvas panels coated in red acrylic paint by Qureshi—will be shown for the first time at the fair. Other highlights include a performance by Raza and a series of sculptures made from charcoal logs by Bae.

“The context in which we live shapes the way we approach the present moment,” Glass-Kantor said of the show’s purview in a release. “Our cultural context, experiences, and histories are constantly shifting to create new forms of vernacular knowledge.”

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