Exhibition Courses of Action

Archive of the People Busy Hands © Archive of the People

Thu, 13.06.2019 -
Sat, 13.07.2019

Goethe-Gallery & Black Box Studio

14/F Hong Kong Arts Centre
No.2 Harbour Road

Curated by Carlos Quijon, Jr.
13 June - 13 July, 2019
Opening Reception: 13 June, 2019, 7:00pm
with guided tour and subsequent artist talk by curator Carlos Quijon, Jr., artists Lesley-Anne Cao and Su Hui-Yu.

Lesley-Anne Cao (Philippines)
Su Hui-Yu (Taiwan)
Eisa Jocson (Philippines)
Wai Lau (Hong Kong)
Archive of the People (Hong Kong)
The exhibition articulates an alternative archive of interfacing between Hong Kong and the Philippines. This archive will delve into the idea of action—simultaneously behavior, practice, mass movement and organization, fighting and engagement (as in action films). Three moments are nominated in order to animate this archive of action: a film co-production in 1955 between Manila and Hong Kong titled Sanda Wong, an adventure film about brotherhood, bandits, and treasures (possibly one of the earliest transnational partnerships in film in the region); an episode in the history of labor organizing in Hong Kong in the 1960s that involved an exchange program between local unions and the University of the Philippines; and the career of Cynthia Luster [Yukari Oshima], Japanese-born female action star who had an active career in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and the Philippines, and her first film produced in the Philippines in 1994, titled Once Upon a Time in Manila. The exhibition proffers a troubling of the idea of action vis-à-vis discourses of agency, performance, and labor in the context of this archive and the interfacing it intimates. 

Courses of Action is the second project co-presented by Goethe-Institut Hong Kong and Para Site, marking a long-term collaboration between the two institutions in supporting emerging curators. The exhibition proposal is selected through an open call from alumni of Para Site’s Workshops for Emerging Professionals.
Accompanying programmes:

Screening and conversation on Busy Hands with Michelle Lee Ho Wing (Archive of the People)
4.7.2019 (Thu), 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Black Box Studio, Goethe-Institut Hongkong

Closing event: screening and lecture on films with transnational concerns, by curator Carlos Quijon, Jr.
13.7.2019 (Sat), 4:00pm - 5:30pm

Black Box Studio, Goethe-Institut Hongkong

Carlos Quijon, Jr.

Carlos Quijon, Jr. portrait © Carlos Quijon, Jr Carlos Quijon, Jr. is a writer and curator based in Manila. In 2017, he was international research resident at the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Seoul and was also a fellow in the Transcuratorial Academy in Berlin and Mumbai. His writings have appeared in Art Monthly (UK), Trans-Asia Photography Review (US), Asia Art Archives’ Ideas (HK), and is forthcoming in From a History of Exhibitions towards a Future of Exhibition-Making, edited by Biljana Ciric. He was part of the inaugural batch of Para Site’s Workshops for Emerging Art Professionals in 2015.