Leung Chi Wo

b. 1968, Hong Kong

Leung studied culture of photography at Centro di Ricerca e Archiviazione della Fotografia in Italy in 1991 and obtained his Master of Fine Arts from the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 1997. He has had residency at Monash University and Australian National University in Australia, and MuseumsQuartier in Austria. He had a solo exhibition at OCT Contemporary Art Terminal, Shenzhen in China (2015). His works have also been exhibited at Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre in Hong Kong (2014), The International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) in the USA (2013), Queens Museum in the USA (2000), and other biennials such as Venice Biennale in Italy (2001), Shanghai Biennale in China (2000) and triennials in Marrakech in Morocco, Guangzhou in China and Manchester in the UK. Leung Chi Wo is the co-founder of Para Site. He is currently Associate Professor at the School of Creative Media of the City University of Hong Kong.

About Silent Music Plane 1967
In this installation, a paper plane was made of the magazine cover of LIFE (June 2, 1967), which ran a story of the escape of famous Chinese musician Ma Sitson from China. It flies on strings at variable speeds synced with the tempo and level of two songs: Long Life Chairman Mao (1966), and Yesterday (1965) by the Beatles.

The paper plane, which hints at the prospect of fleeing and symbolizes the fate of Hong Kong citizens, moves in an endless circle with no destination or free will, dancing subserviently to the music of Chairman Mao and the Beatles. In an ironic gesture, the playback music is barely audible, and the audience is forced to experience the difficulty and ambivalence in perceiving history.
Exhibition details of "ASIA NOW: Paris Asian Art Fair 2016" (20 - 23.10.2016)

About Music in 1967
Music in 1967 series illustrates the artist’s cross-discipline practice that is often based on extensive research concerning cultural identities, social and political phenomenon, belief system and the ambivalence of history. A collection of light boxes and photo installations consisting of images, texts and sound, the series is inspired by the 1967 anti-colonial riots backed by the communists in Hong Kong. The Beatles’ songs make a faint backdrop to the works, which recalls Western pop music being played in public spaces by the government during the riots to counter Chinese communist propaganda broadcasted on the streets.
Exhibition details of "Art|Basel Hong Kong 2016" (24 - 26.3.2016)

About the book Press the Button, 2016
Press the Button, published by OCT Contemporary Art Terminal (OCAT) Shenzhen, was born out of Leung’s eponymous solo exhibition at OCAT Shenzhen in 2015. After the exhibition, Leung created 54 hand drawings along with textual description for each of the works showcased at the exhibition. Limited to an edition of 50, the individually numbered box set includes an 88-page paperback and 54 loose hand drawings, with texts by Leung Chi Wo, curator of the exhibition Carol Yinghua Lu, art critic Anthony Leung Po Shan and curator Qu Chang. All original drawings published in the book will be exhibited from the day of the launch for two weeks.
Details of "Press the Button: Leung Chi Wo Book Launch and Exhibition of Hand Drawings (27.8 - 10.9.2016) 
About the book - Press the Button

About He was lost yesterday and we found him today
An imaginative investigation through staged photography, He was lost yesterday and we found him today is a series of 28 self portraits in which the artist duo Leung Chi Wo + Sara Wong re-enact anonymous figures picked out from images in archival materials such as old magazines, newspaper, pamphlets, souvenir books and other documents that they have been collecting over the years.
Exhibition details of "Museum of the Lost" (7.3 - 2.5.2015)
About the artbook
About the artists - Leung Chi Wo + Sara Wong

Artist Biography

Media coverage (Yishu, volume 15 number 3, May/June 2016)