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CHOI YAN CHI

Image from Head to Head Conversation, a performative video work by Choi Yan Chi, Oi! Art space, Hong Kong, 2014.

and filmed them as they paced the enclosed spaces in forced silence. Like a puppeteer, she matched them with other volunteers via iPads and asked them to engage in intimate conversations. The resulting video works, coinciding by chance with the biggest civil disobedience movement in Hong Kong’s history, became an intimate portrait, capturing the innermost thoughts and dreams, fears, doubts, inter-generational tensions and hopes of Hongkongers during the protest movement. The cultural critic and media artist Linda Lai has been observing and admiring the uncanny timeliness of Choi’s work for years. “She was the key player of many ‘first’ attempts—installation, cross media performance,” Lai wrote in the catalogue for [Re-]Fabrication (2006), a retrospective exhibition of Choi’s art work over three decades. Yet as Lai points out, Choi’s “breadth and avant-gardism have not been sufficiently understood … there was often a lack of mature or properly informed context within the art/critical community at large to make sense of her creative practices.” When Hong Kong celebrates the opening in 2019 of M+, its first museum devoted to contemporary and visual culture, it will be thanks to artists and cultural visionaries such as Choi Yan Chi, Oscar Ho,

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Creating Across Cultures - Choi Yan Chi  

These articles first appeared in the 2017 publication "Creating Across Cultures: Women in the Arts from China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan",...

Creating Across Cultures - Choi Yan Chi  

These articles first appeared in the 2017 publication "Creating Across Cultures: Women in the Arts from China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan",...

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