Aaina Bhargava

Aaina joined SCMP after working as for the online art platform CoBo Social. With a background in art history and emphasis on contemporary art, she has worked for a diverse range of local and international art institutions. She has previously contributed to print and online art/design publications including: Design Anthology, Artomity, Asian Art News, museeum.com, and the Artling’s online magazine.

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Hong Kong artists elected as district councillors on city’s identity issues and boosting the local arts scene

District councillors Clara Cheung, Wong Tin-yan and Clarisse Yeung talk about Hong Kong people’s renewed sense of identity following recent political events and how that motivated them to run for office.

14 Feb 2020 - 12:30PM

District councillors Clara Cheung, Wong Tin-yan and Clarisse Yeung talk about Hong Kong people’s renewed sense of identity following recent political events and how that motivated them to run for office.

Hong Kong artists elected as district councillors on city’s identity issues and boosting the local arts scene
Dealers back Art Basel Hong Kong cancellation over coronavirus; Hong Kong galleries see chance for local art to shine

Hong Kong edition of international art fair a casualty of coronavirus scare, amid health fears and disruption to logistics. International art galleries support decision, and local counterparts vow their shows will go on in March.

10 Feb 2020 - 5:19PM

Hong Kong edition of international art fair a casualty of coronavirus scare, amid health fears and disruption to logistics. International art galleries support decision, and local counterparts vow their shows will go on in March.

Dealers back Art Basel Hong Kong cancellation over coronavirus; Hong Kong galleries see chance for local art to shine
Hong Kong art gallery of former French prime minister Dominique de Villepin to ‘build something soulful with a strong personal touch’

Former French prime minister Dominique de Villepin and his son Arthur will open Villepin Gallery in Hong Kong in March, kicking off with a show of works by Chinese-French painter Zao Wou-Ki, who was a close family friend.

1 Feb 2020 - 6:58PM

Former French prime minister Dominique de Villepin and his son Arthur will open Villepin Gallery in Hong Kong in March, kicking off with a show of works by Chinese-French painter Zao Wou-Ki, who was a close family friend.

Hong Kong art gallery of former French prime minister Dominique de Villepin to ‘build something soulful with a strong personal touch’
Art Basel: Hong Kong galleries back organiser amid calls to cancel fair over protests, coronavirus emergency

Overseas dealers who say Art Basel Hong Kong should be cancelled amid protests and coronavirus emergency lack full picture of events in the city, says representative of Hong Kong Art Galleries Association.

1 Feb 2020 - 12:30PM

Overseas dealers who say Art Basel Hong Kong should be cancelled amid protests and coronavirus emergency lack full picture of events in the city, says representative of Hong Kong Art Galleries Association.

Art Basel: Hong Kong galleries back organiser amid calls to cancel fair over protests, coronavirus emergency
Review | Failed attempts at creating utopias inspire Hong Kong artist’s exhibition ‘Swampland’ at Hanart TZ Gallery

Ho Sin-tung’s exhibition ‘Swampland’ is a meditation on failed relationships and failed regimes. She resists making a link between her work and recent events in Hong Kong, however.

27 Jan 2020 - 4:30PM

Ho Sin-tung’s exhibition ‘Swampland’ is a meditation on failed relationships and failed regimes. She resists making a link between her work and recent events in Hong Kong, however.

Failed attempts at creating utopias inspire Hong Kong artist’s exhibition ‘Swampland’ at Hanart TZ Gallery
From sitar star to Gandhi’s granddaughter, Indian festival in Hong Kong a showcase of country’s culture

The Indian cultural festival in Hong Kong is diversifying. A literary day and a wellness day have been added to the programme, whose highlights include a concert by sitar player Shubhendra Rao, and King Lear as you have never seen it before.

11 Jan 2020 - 7:48PM

The Indian cultural festival in Hong Kong is diversifying. A literary day and a wellness day have been added to the programme, whose highlights include a concert by sitar player Shubhendra Rao, and King Lear as you have never seen it before.

From sitar star to Gandhi’s granddaughter, Indian festival in Hong Kong a showcase of country’s culture
Pink diamonds, rare already, about to get more scarce as the biggest mine producing them closes

Auctioneers say demand and prices for pink diamonds have risen, partly on interest from Asia. The closure of Argyle Diamond Mine in Western Australia, source of 90 per cent of pink diamonds, could accelerate that trend.

26 Dec 2019 - 5:50AM

Auctioneers say demand and prices for pink diamonds have risen, partly on interest from Asia. The closure of Argyle Diamond Mine in Western Australia, source of 90 per cent of pink diamonds, could accelerate that trend.

Pink diamonds, rare already, about to get more scarce as the biggest mine producing them closes
Review | Exhibition of Banksy street art opens in Hong Kong, and his anti-police message should strike a chord

There’s an argument that street art should be seen where it was painted, but this (unauthorised) exhibition of Banksy’s work, with its anti-authoritarian message, is likely to resonate with many Hongkongers.

30 Dec 2019 - 10:15AM

There’s an argument that street art should be seen where it was painted, but this (unauthorised) exhibition of Banksy’s work, with its anti-authoritarian message, is likely to resonate with many Hongkongers.

Exhibition of Banksy street art opens in Hong Kong, and his anti-police message should strike a chord
Through the ‘dragon gate’: artist explores feng shui as an emblem for personal agency

Artist WangShui plays the mythical dragon flying through ‘dragon gates’ in video that explores the fluidity of identities and the power of feng shui.

21 Dec 2019 - 1:30PM

Artist WangShui plays the mythical dragon flying through ‘dragon gates’ in video that explores the fluidity of identities and the power of feng shui.

Through the ‘dragon gate’: artist explores feng shui as an emblem for personal agency
From blow-up Banksy to that banana, the most memorable and sensational art events of the past 10 years

It was the decade in which contemporary art became so accessible. Banksy exploded expectations with his self-destructing painting, Marina Abramovic’s performance art broke new ground, and to cap it there was a duct-taped piece of fruit. Much else came in between.

19 Dec 2019 - 10:29PM

It was the decade in which contemporary art became so accessible. Banksy exploded expectations with his self-destructing painting, Marina Abramovic’s performance art broke new ground, and to cap it there was a duct-taped piece of fruit. Much else came in between.

From blow-up Banksy to that banana, the most memorable and sensational art events of the past 10 years
Hong Kong Museum of Art and Italy’s Uffizi Gallery to partner on exhibitions, plus seven works you can’t miss at reopened HKMoA

Xu Bing’s Book from the Sky and Bigger Trees Near Warter by David Hockney are among our picks of must-see works at the reopened HKMoA, which has also announced a landmark partnership with Italy’s most visited museum.

5 Dec 2019 - 3:00PM

Xu Bing’s Book from the Sky and Bigger Trees Near Warter by David Hockney are among our picks of must-see works at the reopened HKMoA, which has also announced a landmark partnership with Italy’s most visited museum.

Hong Kong Museum of Art and Italy’s Uffizi Gallery to partner on exhibitions, plus seven works you can’t miss at reopened HKMoA
‘If you were a triad … If you were a police officer …’ – Hong Kong protests infuse art at Singapore Biennale

‘If you were a triad … If you were a police officer …’ – Interactive quiz that’s part of Clara Cheung and Gum Cheng’s art installation in Singapore includes questions arising from current Hong Kong protests.

3 Dec 2019 - 12:19PM

‘If you were a triad … If you were a police officer …’ – Interactive quiz that’s part of Clara Cheung and Gum Cheng’s art installation in Singapore includes questions arising from current Hong Kong protests.

‘If you were a triad … If you were a police officer …’ – Hong Kong protests infuse art at Singapore Biennale
Bangkok hosts biggest ever show of LGBT art from Southeast Asia

The exhibition, ‘Spectrosynthesis II’, is put on by a foundation whose founder hopes it shows the LGBT community ‘that we belong, and don’t have to be secretive about who we really are’.

1 Dec 2019 - 7:49PM

The exhibition, ‘Spectrosynthesis II’, is put on by a foundation whose founder hopes it shows the LGBT community ‘that we belong, and don’t have to be secretive about who we really are’.

Bangkok hosts biggest ever show of LGBT art from Southeast Asia
Art and culture in Hong Kong: why art galleries such as Axel Vervoordt are moving to Wong Chuk Hang from the usual tourist areas like Central

Art galleries are moving from busier areas of Hong Kong to Southern district because of its low rents and space. The arts scene there is growing in spite of relatively low footfall, thanks to high-quality exhibitions and creative programming.

22 Nov 2019 - 2:34PM

Art galleries are moving from busier areas of Hong Kong to Southern district because of its low rents and space. The arts scene there is growing in spite of relatively low footfall, thanks to high-quality exhibitions and creative programming.

Art and culture in Hong Kong: why art galleries such as Axel Vervoordt are moving to Wong Chuk Hang from the usual tourist areas like Central
No shortage of suitors for Shanghai art museums as Western counterparts seek exposure in China – France’s Pompidou Centre is the latest

Picasso, Chagall, Duchamp Kandinsky – French arts centre presents a condensed history of modern Western art as part of its new collaboration with Shanghai’s West Bund Arts Museum, one of several cross-cultural exchanges involving the city.

8 Nov 2019 - 4:51PM

Picasso, Chagall, Duchamp Kandinsky – French arts centre presents a condensed history of modern Western art as part of its new collaboration with Shanghai’s West Bund Arts Museum, one of several cross-cultural exchanges involving the city.

No shortage of suitors for Shanghai art museums as Western counterparts seek exposure in China – France’s Pompidou Centre is the latest
Banksy exhibition coming to Hong Kong; first Asia showing to feature more than 70 pieces

Banksy: Genius or Vandal?” will feature more than 70 works by the British urban artist, and will include an audiovisual installation capturing the British urban artist’s remarkable rise.

25 Oct 2019 - 6:30PM

Banksy: Genius or Vandal?” will feature more than 70 works by the British urban artist, and will include an audiovisual installation capturing the British urban artist’s remarkable rise.

Banksy exhibition coming to Hong Kong; first Asia showing to feature more than 70 pieces
Sculptor Carol Bove, whose ‘Ten Hours’ exhibition is coming to Hong Kong, on steel and ways of seeing

The American artist is earning her master illusionist credentials with huge, heavy, hulking sculptures that ooze ethereality.

25 Oct 2019 - 11:09AM

The American artist is earning her master illusionist credentials with huge, heavy, hulking sculptures that ooze ethereality.

Sculptor Carol Bove, whose ‘Ten Hours’ exhibition is coming to Hong Kong, on steel and ways of seeing
Big Asian presence at London’s Frieze art fairs, where strong sales belied Brexit fears that have led galleries to open spaces in Paris

Hong Kong curator presents section at Frieze art fairs on textile art, while Cambodian artist’s performance art work has dancers in masks representing his country and China.

17 Oct 2019 - 9:16PM

Hong Kong curator presents section at Frieze art fairs on textile art, while Cambodian artist’s performance art work has dancers in masks representing his country and China.

Big Asian presence at London’s Frieze art fairs, where strong sales belied Brexit fears that have led galleries to open spaces in Paris
Korean contemporary art show at London’s Saatchi Gallery to give artists rare international exposure

Korean Eye 2020, an exhibition which will tour to Russia, London, and Seoul, will introduce to international art lovers South Korean artists who’ve only shown at home thus far. Innovative uses of materials mark their work.

16 Oct 2019 - 7:05PM

Korean Eye 2020, an exhibition which will tour to Russia, London, and Seoul, will introduce to international art lovers South Korean artists who’ve only shown at home thus far. Innovative uses of materials mark their work.

Korean contemporary art show at London’s Saatchi Gallery to give artists rare international exposure
Major show of Lucio Fontana’s work at Hauser & Wirth Hong Kong announced for 2021

Argentine-Italian founder of Spatialism movement produced a vast body of work, very little of which has been shown in Hong Kong. Hauser & Wirth show in 2021 will put that right.

26 Sep 2019 - 8:00PM

Argentine-Italian founder of Spatialism movement produced a vast body of work, very little of which has been shown in Hong Kong. Hauser & Wirth show in 2021 will put that right.

Major show of Lucio Fontana’s work at Hauser & Wirth Hong Kong announced for 2021
Made for the fake-news era, this photographer’s work was ahead of its time

American Philip-Lorca diCorcia tested the line between fact and fiction in the pre-Photoshop era, as a retrospective at David Zwirner in Hong Kong shows; it’s one of a number of art photography shows in the city.

21 Sep 2019 - 8:02PM

American Philip-Lorca diCorcia tested the line between fact and fiction in the pre-Photoshop era, as a retrospective at David Zwirner in Hong Kong shows; it’s one of a number of art photography shows in the city.

Made for the fake-news era, this photographer’s work was ahead of its time
Artists’ reflections on destructive power of nature take on new meaning after Hong Kong’s summer of protest

Artists’ reflections on the destructive power of nature assume new meaning amid Hong Kong summer of protest.

19 Sep 2019 - 1:53PM

Artists’ reflections on the destructive power of nature assume new meaning amid Hong Kong summer of protest.

Artists’ reflections on destructive power of nature take on new meaning after Hong Kong’s summer of protest
Major exhibitor scales back its debut at Hong Kong art fair amid protests, but is positive about city’s future

Masterpiece London will start small at Fine Art Asia fair, showing a selection of art from 15 galleries instead of having 24 galleries, each in their own booth; art world is bracing for impact of the protests and US-China trade war on art market.

14 Sep 2019 - 5:40PM

Masterpiece London will start small at Fine Art Asia fair, showing a selection of art from 15 galleries instead of having 24 galleries, each in their own booth; art world is bracing for impact of the protests and US-China trade war on art market.

Major exhibitor scales back its debut at Hong Kong art fair amid protests, but is positive about city’s future