Carnival, Amnesty International Hong Kong’s art project celebrating freedom of expression, comes at a challenging time for the city, says the head of the human rights charity’s local branch.
Held at KONG Art Space, in Central, until next Sunday, the programme encompasses art, performances, workshops, fundraising dinners and a silent online auction.
“In recent years, Hong Kong’s human rights and freedoms, due to drastic changes in the political environment, have faced their biggest challenges yet,” says Mabel Au Mei-po, director of Amnesty International Hong Kong. “Through connecting with art, we hope the audience will reflect on the current situation in our society from a different angle.”
Carnival will host four fundraising dinners at KONG Art Space in collaboration with award-winning chefs from restaurants Sook, Arcane, Pomegranate and Aberdeen Street Social. Each dinner, limited to 40 guests, with tickets costing HK$2,500 per head, includes a private tour of the artwork led by Carnival’s curator, Caroline Ha Thuc, a meal, fine wines, a performance and access to the auction.
Of the 53 artworks on auction, 20 are by Hong Kong-based artists and revolve around the theme of freedom of expression, while the rest have been donated by galleries. Featured artists include Anothermountainman, Kwan Sheung-chi, Julian Opie, Shepard Fairey, JR, Chow Chun-fai, Claire Lee and Martin Parr.
Offbeat workshops include The Fair Game – a board game of contemporary international politics – and Surviving the Infosphere in the Post-Truth Age, exploring how to identify fake news and its impact on freedom of speech.