M+, the new museum of visual culture in Hong Kong’s West Kowloon Cultural District, presents Five Artists: Sites Encountered, an exhibition featuring an international selection of female artists working across various mediums. On view from 7 June to 20 October 2019, this ninth exhibition at the M+ Pavilion displays important works by May Fung (Hong Kong, born 1952), Lee Bul (Korean, born 1964), Ana Mendieta (American, born Cuba 1948–1985), and Charlotte Posenenske (German, 1930–1985), as well as a specially commissioned project by Lara Almarcegui (Spanish, born 1972), bringing together a diverse group of artists to explore different understandings of site — from intangible to tangible and imagined to real.
This cross-cultural and cross-generational exhibition features works spanning from the 1960s to the present, including sculptures, installations, and moving images. The multifaceted works emerge from dialogues with place and environment across different historical moments and perspectives, prompting viewers to explore their own place and sense of belonging in the world.
Curated by Pauline J. Yao, Lead Curator, Visual Art, M+, Five Artists: Sites Encountered can be seen as a loose dialogue with the M+ Pavilion and the soon-to-be completed M+ building. Taking this important stage of evolution as a departure point, the exhibition carries special resonance with the transformations occurring at the museum’s site. Specifically, Lara Almarcegui offers in the commissioned work a scientific expression of the construction currently underway.
The exhibition includes moving image works by Ana Mendieta and May Fung, who are, respectively, pioneers of performance and video art. Several films from Mendieta’s influential Silueta series will be on view, ranging from one of her earliest, Silueta del Laberinto (1974), set in an ancient burial site in Yagul, Mexico, to one of her last, produced in her native Cuba a few years before her death. These poignant works document the artist’s performative actions in which she impressed her body into dirt, sand, and mud and transformed these materials with water, smoke, and fire.
West Kowloon Cultural District