"Every project in this year’s sector considers in some way how we can hold space, how we might be present," says Glass-Kantor, "both individually and collectively to nurture connection in this moment.’
South Asian galleries such as New Delhi’s Vadehra Art Gallery and Mumbai-based Jhaveri Contemporary and Tarq are also returning to the fair.
Jhaveri Contemporary will present Joydeb Roaja’s intricate drawings, while Tarq will highlight Nibha Sikander’s art, who is known for bridging art, crafts and science together in her intricately layered, colourful, cut-out pieces on card paper to create lifelike insects and birds.
Hyderabad-based Vida Heydari Contemporary is coming to the biggest art event in Hong Kong for the first time and will exhibit Concrete Dust (2022), a new body of work by artist M. Pravat who uses dust, brick, slate, wood, metal, ink, canvas and other materials in his sculptural creations to explore the different aspects of a city under construction. Retro Africa, a gallery in Abuja, Nigeria, is another newcomer to the fair, and will bring a selection of works by Nigerian American artist and writer Victor Ehikhamenor, who uses motifs from Benin’s culture and African faiths in his creations, and has curated a selection of rosaries in his new art series.
Hong Kong’s Galerie du Monde will exhibit works by the city’s own Wesley Tongson, known for his “splash aesthetic” and contemporary take on ink painting. Lucie Chang Fine Arts will showcase work by Stanley Wong (aka anothermountainman) and Mou Projects will display Chinese artist Yang Dingliu’s creation. Working mainly in video, Yang often recombines images in a way that questions and challenges human perception of the world. Meanwhile, Capsule Shanghai will showcase LA- and Shanghai-based Alice Wang’s artworks, whose brass installation was seen at Para Site’s 2021 Liquid Ground exhibition.
Asian diasporic artists are also highlighted. Commonwealth and Council, an art space from LA, is bringing Brooklyn-based Kenneth Tam’s film Silent Spikes (2022). Tam’s work takes a critical look at how Asian American masculinity is constructed through the exploration of western cowboy culture.
Work from Taiwanese American artist Pauline Shaw, who draws upon personal and collective histories to create her tactile fabric tapestries, will be on view at LA-based In Lieu gallery’s booth.
Lehmann Maupin gallery is presenting a work by Vietnamese American artist Tammy Nguyen ahead of the opening of her solo exhibition at the gallery’s Seoul space in March. And from Shanghai, Gallery Vacancy will display work by New Yorker Sydney Shen, who creates sculptures and installations using unconventional materials such as Chinese and Western medical instruments, biological specimens, and graphic-designed ornaments.
The combination of the curious and grotesque also finds its way into David Zwirner’s booth, which hosts a presentation featuring American artist Jordan Wolfson’s works including new sculptures with images of iconic figures and stock photos from pop and vernacular culture. Wolfson’s provocative art comments on the controversial issues embedded in American contemporary culture such as the relationship between technology and media. Drawing from advertising, the tech industry and the internet, he creates bizarre narratives centred around invented animated characters.
Meanwhile, multi-media artist and film producer Li Zhenhua has curated Art Basel’s film programme to feature eight screenings and 28 video works by artists from the around the world and the region, including, Hong Kong’s Angela Su. Two of the screenings will be curated by local NGO Videotage and Bangkok-based art centre Ghost 5265.
Look out for renowned names in the art world at Art Basel Hong Kong’s panel discussions. Distinguished speakers participating in the Conversations series include: Runagrupa, Hoor Al Qasimi, Gabi Ngcobo, Sin Wai kin, Ming Wong, Aaron Cezar, Christopher K. Ho, Philip Tinari, and Nadia and Rajeeb Samdani, among others.
In collaboration with M+, Art Basel Hong Kong will also present a new site-specific video by Swiss artist Pipilotti Rist, whose popular and acclaimed show Behind Your Eyelid at Tai Kwun last year made many a Hongkonger her fan. M+ will show her video, Hand Me Your Trust, which captures Rist’s signature colourful and in-depth aesthetics, on its harbour-facing screen.
Orginially published in Tatler Asia