Aaina Bhargava

Hong Kong

Aaina Bhargava

Reporter, Culture

Aaina Bhargava joined the Post 2019-2020 after working as an Editor for the online art platform CoBo Social. She studied Art History, specialising in contemporary art, and has extensive experience working for a range of art institutions. She has contributed to art/design publications including Design Anthology, Artomity, Asian Art News.

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Tarot, astrology, feng shui – why is Hong Kong’s art world going dotty over divination?

Artists such as Mak Ying-tung 2 and Wu Jiaru are weaving elements of tarot, astrology and feng shui into their works as the role of such concepts moves beyond superstitious hobbies.

Artists such as Mak Ying-tung 2 and Wu Jiaru are weaving elements of tarot, astrology and feng shui into their works as the role of such concepts moves beyond superstitious hobbies.

1 Dec 2021 - 7:28PM
Recent Hong Kong history, from Sars epidemic to ‘umbrella movement’ to ‘fear of now’, inspires city artists’ work, on show in two exhibitions

The Sars epidemic, China’s nine-dash line in the South China Sea and the ‘fear of now’ – Hong Kong art inspired by the city’s modern history is on show, unusually, at commercial galleries in the city.

The Sars epidemic, China’s nine-dash line in the South China Sea and the ‘fear of now’ – Hong Kong art inspired by the city’s modern history is on show, unusually, at commercial galleries in the city.

27 Jul 2021 - 2:45PM
Architect David Adjaye’s marble sculptures paired with Adam Pendleton’s text-based paintings for Hong Kong show

Architect David Adjaye has a firm admirer in artist Adam Pendleton, with whom he shares an exhibition opening in Hong Kong in which they ask questions about identity.

Architect David Adjaye has a firm admirer in artist Adam Pendleton, with whom he shares an exhibition opening in Hong Kong in which they ask questions about identity.

14 May 2021 - 2:59PM
The promise of a new life in America for Chinese children explored in short film Magic Kingdom

In the short film Magic Kingdom, Hong Kong filmmaker Nelson Ng recalls how the promise of a visit to Disneyland was used by Chinese parents in the 1990s as a pretext for what was a one-way trip to begin a new life in America.

In the short film Magic Kingdom, Hong Kong filmmaker Nelson Ng recalls how the promise of a visit to Disneyland was used by Chinese parents in the 1990s as a pretext for what was a one-way trip to begin a new life in America.

13 Apr 2021 - 11:53PM
Candice Lin, Chinese-American artist, on her first solo show in China and its focus on the migrant experience

Chinese-American mines history of pestilence and of 19th century Chinese labourers in America’s sugar, tobacco, and opium industries – expressed viscerally in her choice of materials such as a charcoal made from burning animal bones, once used to refine sugar cane.

Chinese-American mines history of pestilence and of 19th century Chinese labourers in America’s sugar, tobacco, and opium industries – expressed viscerally in her choice of materials such as a charcoal made from burning animal bones, once used to refine sugar cane.

13 Apr 2021 - 4:40PM
Independent art finds room to flourish in Hong Kong as young artists and creatives grab retail spaces left empty by the pandemic

Many younger artists and creatives are moving into retail spaces left empty by the Covid-19 pandemic, giving them the opportunity to work and collaborate on their own terms.

Many younger artists and creatives are moving into retail spaces left empty by the Covid-19 pandemic, giving them the opportunity to work and collaborate on their own terms.

20 Feb 2021 - 11:35AM
The rich millennials shaking up China’s art market

Michael Xufu Huang, 26, is but one of the many young collectors opening their own museums and galleries, in what seems to be a fundamental shift in China’s cultural world.

Michael Xufu Huang, 26, is but one of the many young collectors opening their own museums and galleries, in what seems to be a fundamental shift in China’s cultural world.

8 Dec 2020 - 10:28AM
How racism and discrimination affect black people in China and Hong Kong

China and Hong Kong both have small populations of Africans, who often have to deal with racism, from being ignored to being singled out by immigration police or being turned away from restaurants.

China and Hong Kong both have small populations of Africans, who often have to deal with racism, from being ignored to being singled out by immigration police or being turned away from restaurants.

2 Dec 2020 - 10:31AM
Racism, feeling invisible: podcast on the black experience in Hong Kong, HomeGrown, acts as a guide for expats

A new weekly podcast, HomeGrown, sheds light on the black expat experience in Hong Kong. Its co-creators set it up after they realised there were no resources to guide black expats in the city.

A new weekly podcast, HomeGrown, sheds light on the black expat experience in Hong Kong. Its co-creators set it up after they realised there were no resources to guide black expats in the city.

6 May 2021 - 6:16PM
Belgian artist Luc Tuymans’ Hong Kong exhibition plays on ‘Made in China’, colonialism and global trade

‘It’s an interesting irony,’ says Belgian artist Luc Tuymans of Delftware, cheaply copied in Europe from Ming dynasty porcelain and a feature of his new exhibition in Hong Kong.

‘It’s an interesting irony,’ says Belgian artist Luc Tuymans of Delftware, cheaply copied in Europe from Ming dynasty porcelain and a feature of his new exhibition in Hong Kong.

27 Oct 2020 - 5:06PM
Why keep Hong Kong’s light show going with no tourists, artist asks as part of show exploring his personal and political fascination with lights

Artist Mark Chung questions persisting with Hong Kong’s Symphony of Lights when tourist traffic is at an all-time low in his residence at the de Sarthe Gallery, which explores his personal and political fascination with lights.

Artist Mark Chung questions persisting with Hong Kong’s Symphony of Lights when tourist traffic is at an all-time low in his residence at the de Sarthe Gallery, which explores his personal and political fascination with lights.

3 Sep 2020 - 10:17PM
From Tesla cars to Brazilian waxes, being smooth is everything in today’s world – but why, artist wonders

Artist Jes Fan, Brooklyn-based but Hong Kong-raised and widely exhibited internationally, considers modern notions of beauty – and finds it not just in fluid forms but in the grotesque.

Artist Jes Fan, Brooklyn-based but Hong Kong-raised and widely exhibited internationally, considers modern notions of beauty – and finds it not just in fluid forms but in the grotesque.

29 Aug 2020 - 7:30PM
Artist Christopher K. Ho reflects on identity, the meaning of home and the nature of the nation state

Born in Hong Kong but raised in the US, artist Christopher K. Ho returns often to the themes of identity and belonging in his work.

Born in Hong Kong but raised in the US, artist Christopher K. Ho returns often to the themes of identity and belonging in his work.

20 Aug 2020 - 7:15PM
Hong Kong artist Wong Ping’s darkly humorous animated videos ‘talk about things which are kind of taboo but experienced by people in their daily life’

Hong Kong artist Wong Ping’s darkly humorous animated videos covering a range of taboo topics and societal issues have put the 36-year-old on a rising international trajectory.

Hong Kong artist Wong Ping’s darkly humorous animated videos covering a range of taboo topics and societal issues have put the 36-year-old on a rising international trajectory.

12 Aug 2020 - 7:45PM
Artists, celebrities and designers decorate skateboard decks for online exhibition and charity auction in Hong Kong

Artists, designers and celebrities from China, Hong Kong and Taiwan have contributed designs for an online exhibition and auction to celebrate the Tung Wah Group of Hospitals’ 150th anniversary.

Artists, designers and celebrities from China, Hong Kong and Taiwan have contributed designs for an online exhibition and auction to celebrate the Tung Wah Group of Hospitals’ 150th anniversary.

10 Aug 2020 - 12:13PM
How art sensation Matthew Wong learned his craft in Hong Kong – tutor recalls an eager student, gallerist his eye for detail

Canadian artist Matthew Wong’s detailed, vividly coloured canvases have become a commercial sensation since his death in 2019. A self-taught painter, he studied photography in Hong Kong and first exhibited his work in the city.

Canadian artist Matthew Wong’s detailed, vividly coloured canvases have become a commercial sensation since his death in 2019. A self-taught painter, he studied photography in Hong Kong and first exhibited his work in the city.

23 Jul 2020 - 6:39PM
Congolese model takes on Hong Kong’s prejudiced fashion industry

Congolese fashion model Harmony ‘Anne-Marie’ Ilunga is making a push for change in Hong Kong’s prejudiced and often racist fashion industry by setting up her own agency – representing women of colour.

Congolese fashion model Harmony ‘Anne-Marie’ Ilunga is making a push for change in Hong Kong’s prejudiced and often racist fashion industry by setting up her own agency – representing women of colour.

25 Nov 2020 - 5:25AM
Opinion | Hong Kong history marked absent from city’s international school education

Even before the National Security Law saw books swiped from school shelves ‘for review’, local history, rich as it is, was never mentioned in classrooms.

Even before the National Security Law saw books swiped from school shelves ‘for review’, local history, rich as it is, was never mentioned in classrooms.

13 Jul 2020 - 11:30AM
Raw power of Basquiat on show in Hong Kong – he’s ‘so of the moment’, Lévy Gorvy gallery co-founder Brett Gorvy says

At Hong Kong art gallery Lévy Gorvy an untitled 1982 canvas by American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat is the star of a new show – the first in a series there focusing on a single artwork.

At Hong Kong art gallery Lévy Gorvy an untitled 1982 canvas by American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat is the star of a new show – the first in a series there focusing on a single artwork.

6 Jul 2020 - 7:15PM
Contemporary relics from sculptor Leelee Chan showcase her passion for making art from found objects

Leelee Chan is one of five sculptors collaborating with Hong Kong antiques stores on what they term contemporary relics – art that will define 2020 for people not yet born.

Leelee Chan is one of five sculptors collaborating with Hong Kong antiques stores on what they term contemporary relics – art that will define 2020 for people not yet born.

27 Jun 2020 - 4:07PM
Lorna Simpson: ‘Who knew coronavirus would bring about a political change?’ New York artist living in the moment

Artist known for her photography and surreal collages recently took up painting, and examples of these mediums feature in her solo show in Hong Kong. Ahead of its opening, she reflected on life in Donald Trump’s America.

Artist known for her photography and surreal collages recently took up painting, and examples of these mediums feature in her solo show in Hong Kong. Ahead of its opening, she reflected on life in Donald Trump’s America.

19 Jun 2020 - 7:15PM
Opinion | Why the biggest barrier to overcoming racism is ‘white fragility’

Have you ever told a white person that something they said sounded racist? The usually defensive outrage in response is what author Robin DiAngelo has termed ‘white fragility’ and it causes untold damage to people of colour.

Have you ever told a white person that something they said sounded racist? The usually defensive outrage in response is what author Robin DiAngelo has termed ‘white fragility’ and it causes untold damage to people of colour.

11 Jun 2020 - 4:36AM
An artist’s love of plants helps him cope with anxiety: in his art, butterfly palms and Venus flytraps stand in lieu of people and challenging relationships

A fake cactus made from a blowfish, groups of plants that stand for other people at parties – there’s a lot to Trevor Yeung’s artwork, if you care to look closely enough.

A fake cactus made from a blowfish, groups of plants that stand for other people at parties – there’s a lot to Trevor Yeung’s artwork, if you care to look closely enough.

9 Jun 2020 - 7:21PM
What fabric can teach us about a society’s economy, geography, resources and gender roles

Samson Young is one of seven contemporary artists whose fabric-based creations are aimed at sparking debate through an exhibition at the Centre for Heritage, Arts and Textiles.

Samson Young is one of seven contemporary artists whose fabric-based creations are aimed at sparking debate through an exhibition at the Centre for Heritage, Arts and Textiles.

18 Jun 2020 - 10:05AM
Film, music, photography, art – summer highlights of Le French May festival in Hong Kong

Exhibitions of photography from ‘Queen of the Leica’ Ilse Bing and artist Marc Progin, free films online, art, and a live-streamed piano recital – there’s much to see and hear in 2020 edition of Hong Kong French arts festival.

Exhibitions of photography from ‘Queen of the Leica’ Ilse Bing and artist Marc Progin, free films online, art, and a live-streamed piano recital – there’s much to see and hear in 2020 edition of Hong Kong French arts festival.

4 Jun 2020 - 3:15PM
Emerging Chinese contemporary artists the focus of X Museum, new Beijing museum whose millennial founders want to change perceptions

X Museum in Beijing was founded by two 20-something millennials who want to change how Chinese contemporary art is understood and presented, focusing on emerging artists such as Miao Ying, Cui Jie, and Jes Fan.

X Museum in Beijing was founded by two 20-something millennials who want to change how Chinese contemporary art is understood and presented, focusing on emerging artists such as Miao Ying, Cui Jie, and Jes Fan.

30 May 2020 - 4:00PM
Four More Shots Please! shows modern urban Indian female lives, but is it country’s Sex and the City?

Four More Shots Please! seeks to show the modern urban Indian female experience and is Amazon Prime Video’s most watched TV show in the country this year, though its creator says Sex and the City comparisons are slightly off.

Four More Shots Please! seeks to show the modern urban Indian female experience and is Amazon Prime Video’s most watched TV show in the country this year, though its creator says Sex and the City comparisons are slightly off.

28 May 2020 - 5:42PM
Part art fair, part exhibition, new Hong Kong event set to reinvigorate city’s art scene

Part art fair, part exhibition, ‘Unscheduled’ at the Tai Kwun Centre for Heritage and Arts will showcase the diversity and solidarity of Hong Kong’s commercial and independent art scenes, with hopes to kick-start things after Covid-19.

Part art fair, part exhibition, ‘Unscheduled’ at the Tai Kwun Centre for Heritage and Arts will showcase the diversity and solidarity of Hong Kong’s commercial and independent art scenes, with hopes to kick-start things after Covid-19.

26 May 2020 - 12:50PM
Feminist YouTuber Mak Ying-tung on challenging Damien Hirst, braving an open mic, and addressing serious issues in her signature ‘fun and crazy’ way

Hong Kong artist Mak Ying-tung called a man out of the blue, asked him for a date, then filmed it for her latest video art series. ‘My aim is not to educate ... I think more about entertaining’, she says.

Hong Kong artist Mak Ying-tung called a man out of the blue, asked him for a date, then filmed it for her latest video art series. ‘My aim is not to educate ... I think more about entertaining’, she says.

20 May 2020 - 6:56PM
Contemporary artists reflect on Hong Kong’s recent history in Asia Society show

Three falling figures are one artist’s comment on recent street protests in Hong Kong and elsewhere; others turn their gaze on the Asia Society’s Hong Kong premises in Admiralty.

Three falling figures are one artist’s comment on recent street protests in Hong Kong and elsewhere; others turn their gaze on the Asia Society’s Hong Kong premises in Admiralty.

14 May 2020 - 9:04PM