Pak Sheung Chuen obtained his BA in Fine Arts and Theology from Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2002. Pak represented Hong Kong in the 53rd Venice Biennale with his solo exhibition “Making (Perfect) World: Harbour, Hong Kong, Alienated Cities and Dreams” (2009), while his solo exhibition “Page 22” is permanently installed in New York’s 58th Street Branch Library. Group exhibitions in which Pak has participated include Liverpool Biennial (UK, 2012), Taipei Biennial (Taipei, 2012 and 2010); 3rd Yokohama Triennial (Japan, 2008); 3rd Guangzhou Triennial (China, 2008); 6th Busan Biennale (Korea, 2006). In 2012, Pak was awarded the Best Artist Award at the Chinese Contemporary Art Awards (CCAA). In 2006, Pak was awarded the Lee Hysan Foundation Fellowship by the Asian Cultural Council. His artworks were collected by Astrup Fearnley Museet (Norway), Burger Collection, M+ Museum (Hong Kong), National Museum of Contemporary Art (Greece), Sigg Collection (Switzerland), Tate Modern Museum (UK), Taipei Fine Arts Museum (Taiwan), among others.
Pak currently lives and works in Hong Kong.
Adult Library Series: LXB / 2017
Pak Sheung Chuen’s work Adult Library Series: LXB is a continuation of the Adult Library series executed during Pak’s ACC residency in New York in 2008. The artist sees the listing of the year of birth and year of death of an author in the library system as a metaphorical memorial to an author. Pak’s work thus acts as a commemorative gesture to the recently deceased Chinese social activist/ poet, Liu Xiaobo, while reflecting on the definition of “banned books”, as well as the porous and indefinable border between Hong Kong and China.
Pak creates these images with the surrealist technique of automatic drawings, through which he subconsciously reacts to the general atmosphere and current events in Hong Kong. Flowing through this stream of consciousness are imageries of Christian iconography, humanoids, animals and nature, and together they convey a cryptic sense of horror, sacrifice and angst.