The “Beyond Borders: Reshaping the Ordinaries of Hong Kong” art exhibition, jointly presented by the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (Toronto) (HKETO) and the Hong Kong Arts Centre (HKAC), opened in Toronto on June 1.
The exhibition is part of the HKETO’s celebratory events for the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR). It is supported by the Hong Kong Tourism Board in Canada and the CanAsia Creative Exchange. The art exhibition features modern items revitalised from traditional handicrafts, showcasing lion-head crafting, mini cheongsams and galvanised coffee sets by three young Hong Kong artists, namely Jessica Chan, Frankie Si and Yu Siu-naam.
Delivering a welcome speech at the opening ceremony of the art exhibition, the Director of the HKETO, Ms Emily Mo, said that the HKETO was delighted to bring the art pieces from Hong Kong to Canada to showcase the ever-changing spirit and dynamic East-meets-West character of Hong Kong. “This exhibition, together with the relevant online talks and workshop by the HKAC and participating artists, will provide a unique perspective to the Canadian community about the vibrancy of Hong Kong,” Ms Mo said.
The theme of the HKSAR 25th anniversary celebrations is “A New Era – Stability • Prosperity • Opportunity”. “It represents Hong Kong’s achievements over the past 25 years, and underscores our anticipation for and confidence in a brighter future,” Ms Mo said.
“With the staunch support from the Central Government, Hong Kong has successfully implemented the ‘one country, two systems’ principle, while sustaining its role as an international metropolis,” she continued.
Hong Kong has been reinforcing its status as an international hub for arts and culture, and is enhancing its positioning as an East-meets-West centre for international cultural exchange as set out in the National 14th Five-Year Plan.
Ms Mo pointed out that in the past few years, Hong Kong’s West Kowloon Cultural District has opened the doors of the Xiqu Centre and M+ museum, while numerous revitalisation projects have turned historical and heritage buildings in Hong Kong into art and exhibition spaces. She also remarked that with the continued inflow of international auction houses, art fairs and galleries, Hong Kong has emerged as one of the world’s biggest art trading centres.
Ms Mo added that Hong Kong had enjoyed very strong ties with Canada over the years and she hoped to share the joy of the wide range of celebratory events with Canadian audiences. “Other exciting events to be held across Canada include ‘Beyond Borders: Traces of Hong Kong Stories’ to be held in Vancouver and gala dinners in June; photography exhibitions from September to October; a business conference in September; and an academic seminar at the end of this year,” she said. The Canadian community is encouraged to visit the HKETO’s dedicated website (25a.hketo.ca) for information on these events.
The “Beyond Borders: Reshaping the Ordinaries of Hong Kong” at Yorkville Village in Toronto will run until June 28.