Canadian artist Marcel Dzama has been inspired by Hong Kong ever since he first visited in 2018, when he flew here for the opening of the David Zwirner gallery in H Queen's. To mark the occasion, Zwirner invited all of the artists on his roster to Hong Kong. More than 20 came, including painters Chris Ofili and Lisa Yuskavage, multidisciplinary artist Francis Alÿs and sculptor Carol Bove.
“That trip was the most fun I’ve had travelling, probably,” says Dzama. “I didn’t have a show, so I was just hanging out with all my friends somewhere that I’d never been before, but that I’d always been interested in visiting.”
Dzama has since created a series of work inspired by Hong Kong's Happy Valley Racecourse. And, in May 2021, he created a new work especially for Tatler that was inspired by Hong Kong and featured the city's historic Clock Tower, which stands on the Tsim Sha Tsui harbourfront.