Empty Gallery

Empty Gallery

Founded by Stephen Cheng in 2015, Empty Gallery is a 4,500 sq. ft. black-cube space located at the edge of Aberdeen Harbor in Tin Wan, Hong Kong. In a city that can often seem excessively dominated by the needs of the market, Empty Gallery represents something entirely unique – a commercial space with a strong commitment to intermedial practices. Our program includes projects by both contemporary artists, such as Jes Fan and Jacqueline Kiyomi Gork, and members of the historic avant-garde, such as Tishan Hsu, Ohtsubo Kosen and Catherine Christer Hennix, with special focus given to experimental practices that blur the boundaries between media. Our program is anchored by several tenets: a mixture of historic and commercial shows, the presentation of artists whose work would otherwise not be shown in the region, and a preference for new, commissioned work over previously existing work.

For Empty Gallery’s presentation at Art021’s online platform in 2020, we will showcase works by a cross-section of diasporic Asian artists from our program. The practices of Tishan Hsu, Diane Severin Nguyen, and John Ziqiang Wu are all defined by a certain deliberate in-betweenness, a slippery hybridity which eludes easy capture within the all too reductive categories of ethnicity, nationality, or culture. As a group, their practices attempt to reveal and critique that fraught and uncertain terrain where ideology and ontology intersect.

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