Artists' work selected to represent HK at Venice expo

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 10 March, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 10 March, 2005, 12:00am

Creative works by Stanley Wong and Chan Yuk-keung have been selected to represent Hong Kong at the 51st Venice Biennale - a renowned visual arts exhibition which will be held from June to November in the Italian city.

The theme of Hong Kong's exhibition is 'Investigation of a Journey to the West by Micro+Polo', an imaginative look at travelling West in the computer age.

The work of Wong, who is better known as Anothermountainman, is a Hong Kong-style teahouse made of red, white and blue plastic fabric. It is a statement on the importance of face-to-face communication.

The artwork reflects the transitory nature of Hong Kong; but re-establishing human contact over a cup of tea can help resolve social issues.

Contrary to Wong's colourful work, Chan uses the muted tones of natural wood and steel. His cityscape installation, in the shape of Venice, reveals his experience as a traveller.

The cityscape is elevated and inverted to provide the viewer with a look into a reinvented world.

This year's selection panel included representatives from local tertiary institutions, museums and the Fringe Club.