The loyalty and dedication of the Hong Kong art community during a year of pandemic challenges started paying off in April, as exhibitions and gallery events began to flood diaries once more. On April 22, Asia Art Archive (AAA) opened Portals, Stories, and Other Journeys, an exhibition inspired by the extensive personal archive of the Hong Kong artist Ha Bik-chuen that is being hosted at Tai Kwun until August 1.
Curated by former AAA researcher Michelle Wong, the exhibition features ten “sets”, which together showcase the evolution of Hong Kong’s culture and history. Five of the sets feature new pieces from artists Banu Cennetoğlu, Kwan Sheung-chi, Lam Wing-sze, Raqs Media Collective and Walid Raad, who were each commissioned to produce pieces that related to Ha’s archive.
“Portals, Stories and Other Journeys has been an epic journey that has stopped and started with every wave of the pandemic,” said Claire Hsu, AAA’s co-founder and executive director, during her opening speech to a packed room of art-lovers as well as Ha’s son and daughter, Alex Ha and Dorothy Ha.