Leung Chi Wo

b. 1968, Hong Kong

Leung Chi Wo (b. 1968, Hong Kong) uses photography, texts, found objects, performance, and installation to combine historical exploration with conceptual inquiry, to reinforce our doubts about memory, power systems and the ambivalence of history. By synthesizing and collecting vintage objects, archival materials and images, Leung juxtaposes quotidian events with parallel moments of political instability. His research-based practice often addresses the fissures and ambiguities existent within historiography, and proposes that history is written by those in power. His recent research has focused on the colonial history and postcolonial reality of Hong Kong.

In 2001, Leung Chi Wo together with his long-time collaborator Sara Wong represented Hong Kong for its inaugural participation in the Venice Biennale. Leung’s solo exhibitions were held at SCAD Museum of Art (in collaboration with Sara Wong; Savannah, 2023); Blindspot Gallery (Hong Kong, 2023); Eaton (Hong Kong, 2023); The Mills (Hong Kong, 2015); OCT Contemporary Art Terminal (solo retrospective; Shenzhen, 2015), ISCP (New York, 2013), and Hong Kong Art Centre (Hong Kong, 2012), among others. Leung’s works have been exhibited in the Hong Kong Museum of Art (Hong Kong, 2023); Aranya Art Center (Beidaihe, 2023); Para Site (Hong Kong, 2023); Asia Cultural Center (Gwangju, 2023); M+ (Hong Kong, 2021); Asia Society (Hong Kong, 2023); Aichi Triennale (Nagoya, 2019); Times Art Center (Berlin, 2018); Thailand Biennale (Krabi, 2018); Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale (Tsunan, 2018); Tai Kwun (Hong Kong, 2018); National Museum of Singapore (Singapore, 2018); Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture (Shenzhen, 2017); Tate Modern (London, 2010) and Kunsthalle Vienna (Vienna, 2010), among others.

Leung is the co-founder of Para Site, one of Hong Kong’s longest standing independent art institutions founded in 1996. He currently lives and works in Hong Kong.