Catch Tintin Wulia at Hong Kong Art week

HONG KONG, 16 March 2016

Tintin Wulia will present two new works at Art Basel Hong Kong, 24-26 March 2016. These two new works are part of her ongoing project Trade/Trace/Transit (2014-2016), supported by the Australia Council for the Arts’ New Work – Mid Career grant.

As part of Encounters, a section dedicated to presenting large-scale sculpture and installation works by leading artists from around the world curated by Alexie Glass-Kantor, Wulia is showing her new installation Five Tonnes of Homes and Other Understories (2016, mixed-media installation, dimensions variable). The installation is an artefact of the artist’s year-long intervention into the route of cardboard waste around Central, Hong Kong. Sixteen bales of cardboard waste, each weighing up to 350 kg, form this site-specific installation that spirals up, showing traces of Wulia’s “murals” that she has been drawing since early 2015, while spending time with the Filipino domestic workers in their temporary cardboard houses. This installation is in turn a re-intervention into the art world.

As part of the Film sector, curated by Li Zhenhua, Wulia’s new film Proposal for a Film: Within the Leaves, a Sight of the Forest (2016, HD, colour, stereo, 25’30”) poetically plays with ideas of fractals, cycles and (re)generations by criss-crossing between the actual cardboard waste route in Hong Kong – primarily spanning the Hong Kong island coastal strip from Sheung Wan to Heng Fa Chuen – and an imagined future-past in Mars. The six short episodes of the film chronicle the artist’s journey across the nodes in the route. The film premieres in the form of a ‘proposal’ in the art fair that is one of these nodes, described in Episode Four, and Wulia continues filming during the art fair.

Wulia will also speak in panels in Art Basel’s Salon (Encounters: New Materiality) and Art Central’s Roundtable x 4A (City as Muse: Feedback, Dissonance and the Politicized Gesture). She is also organising Cardboard Lives, a meeting as part of Asia Art Archive’s Open Platform, gathering the various stakeholders the cardboard waste route. A follow up meeting, Cardboard Lives On, is planned alongside the next instalment of the project, in a solo show with Osage Gallery in July 2016.

Wulia’s presentation at Art Basel Hong Kong 2016 is supported by Osage Gallery.



Feature Presentations

Five Tonnes of Homes and Other Understories (2016, mixed-media installation, dimensions variable)

  • 22 March private viewing
  • 23 March vernissage
  • 24-26 March 2016 public exhibition

Art Basel Hong Kong
Booth 3E14, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong

Proposal for a Film: Within the Leaves, a Sight of the Forest (2016, HD, colour, stereo, 25’30”)
23 March 2016, 3pm
Art Basel Hong Kong
Part of short film program “Jumper”
Agnès B. Cinema, Hong Kong Arts Centre, Hong Kong

Collateral Events

Encounters: New Materiality
24 March 2016, 6-7pm
Art Basel Hong Kong
Auditorium, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Hong kong

Roundtable x 4A
City as Muse: Feedback, Dissonance and the Politicized Gesture
25 March 2016, 2-3pm
Art Central
Hong Kong

Open Platform 2016
Cardboard Lives
26 March 2016, 4.30-6pm
Art Basel Hong Kong
AAA Booth P9, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong

Tintin Wulia is internationally recognised for her socio-politically charged artworks that are often interactive and participatory. Trained as an architect (B.Eng. Universitas Katolik Parahyangan), composer (B.Mus. Berklee College of Music) and artist (PhD, RMIT University), her works have been exhibited in major international shows including Istanbul Biennale (2005), Yokohama Triennale (2005), Moscow Biennale (2011), Gwangju Biennale (2011), Sharjah Biennale (2012) and Asia Pacific Triennale (2012), and are part of public and private collections worldwide, including in the Singapore Art Museum, Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art, He Xiangning Art Museum and Stedelijk Van Abbemuseum where it is part of the permanent exhibition. Her upcoming projects in 2016 include the Jackman Goldwasser Residency at Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago. Wulia is a recipient of the prestigious Australia Council for the Arts’ Creative Australia Fellowship 2014-2016.

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