Reimagining and Conserving the Disappearance of Hong Kong through Mov[cont]

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Join us for the final Sydney Asian Art Series lecture of 2020 with curator Yung Ma.

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In ‘Reimagining and Conserving the Disappearance of Hong Kong through Moving Image’, Yung Ma presents a reflection on the challenges of conserving the image(s) of Hong Kong through art.

This presentation will begin as a reflection on the two-fold project ‘Mobile M+: Moving Images’, which took place in Hong Kong in 2015 across multiple sites. The project embraced Hong Kong cinema of the 1980s and 90s, particularly Clara Law’s Floating Life (1996), as a prelude to reimagining the migrant experience. With the inclusion of works by a number of pioneering Hong Kong artists such as Ellen Pau, Yung’s experience of organising this project, and by extension his time at M+, will also serve as departure points to consider the challenges of conserving the image(s) of Hong Kong.

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Yung Ma is Artistic Director of Seoul Mediacity Biennale 2021 His most recent roles was curator in the Contemporary and Prospective Creation Department at the Centre Pompidou, Paris, a post created in collaboration with K11 Art Foundation. Ma was formerly Associate Curator of Moving Image at M+, Hong Kong, and co-curator of the Hong Kong Pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 2009 and 2013. He holds an MA in Curating Contemporary Art from the Royal College of Art, London, and a BA from the University of Reading, UK. He has also taken part in a post-graduate degree in Film Direction from the Beijing Film Academy.


7:00pm-8:00pm SYDNEY | Monday 23 November 2020

8:00am-9:00am LONDON | Monday 23 November 2020

This lecture will be hosted via Zoom. You'll receive a link to join via email on the morning of the event. Please ensure you have a good internet connection to give you the best experience for watching and participating. For enquiries, please contact

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This series of talks and events is co-presented by the University of Sydney’s China Studies Centre, The Power Institute, and VisAsia, with support from the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Originating in and celebrating the very latest and best scholarship in Asian art from around the world, this initiative complements the Art Gallery of New South Wales’ innovative exhibition program in Asian art, and the University of Sydney’s region-leading programs in the arts and cultures of Asia.

Image: Mobile M+ Moving Images Hong Kong, 2015. Photograph by Yung Ma.

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