55th International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia. Lee Kit – Hong Kong Pavilion at the Venice Biennale

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Lee Kit
‘You (you).’

Castello 2126, Campo della Tana

30122 Venice, Italy
(Opposite the main entrance of Arsenale)

Curated by Lars Nittve with Yung Ma, M+

Co-presented by M+, Museum for Visual Culture, West Kowloon Cultural District, and Hong Kong Arts Development Council

M+, Museum for Visual Culture, West Kowloon Cultural District, and Hong Kong Arts Development Council present ‘You (you).’ by Lee Kit, Collateral Event of the 55th International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia.  Curated by Lars Nittve with Yung Ma of M+, ‘You (you).’ is a continuation of Lee’s exploration into the quotidian realm of the everyday. Comprised entirely of new commissions, the exhibition is formulated as a series of spatial reconfigurations that blend together and alternate between concealment and revelation.

Conceived through recollections of personal and collective moments, ‘You (you).’ takes the universal yet non-existing entity alluded to in its title as a point of departure, gazing at the notion of absence to reflect on the construction of places, memories and time. Lee distils and translates these fleeting moments into forms of visual articulation, shedding light on their inherent ‘endlessness’ which transcends our perception of time.

‘You (you).’ operates within the same framework as Lee’s recent sparse yet intimate installations, incorporating moving image, performance, ready-made objects, found images and lighting to form and suggest traces of immaterialised dialogues and relationships. The various elements within these installations have been meticulously arranged to recall the qualities of painterly composition. The exhibition also further propels Lee’s approach of employing repetitive gestures, mundane objects and other ephemeral materials, such as sound, to function as emotive and sensory triggers, affording viewers the possibility of evoking the textures of both real and imagined memories.

A fully illustrated bi-lingual (Chinese and English) catalogue published by M+ will accompany the exhibition, with contributions from Lee Kit, Yung Ma, Lars Nittve, Pauline J. Yao and Jean Yen Ruo Jin, exploring the intricate layers of Lee’s artistic vision from various perspectives.

Lee Kit was born 1978 in Hong Kong, currently lives and works in Hong Kong and Taipei. His recent solo and group exhibitions include ‘Every breath you take.’ at the Minsheng Art Museum in Shanghai (2012), What should I do to live in your life? at the Sharjah Art Foundation in Sharjah (2012), The Ungovernables at the New Museum in New York (2012) and ‘Henry (Have you ever been this low?)’ at Western Front in Vancouver (2011).

www.venicebiennale.hk

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