Tang Kwok-hin, mixed media artist, independent curator and writer, was born in 1983 and raised in Hong Kong. He received his Master of Fine Arts from the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2008 and Bachelor of Arts (major in Fine Arts) in 2006. Tang starts the artistic path from continuous queries towards his native background; soon he has developed exploration towards origins of existence and intimate aesthetics, inseparably connecting to the course and experiences of his life. These concerns are reflected in his works. He blurs boundaries between art and living by integrating creation with conflicts of human kinds which reveals intrinsic values, tension of duality and rhythm of senses. He often appropriates and reconstructs daily and personal contexts to narrate hidden stories in life, dealing with growth, inheritance, freedom, capitalism, consumerism, nature, politics, norms, etc., to express concerns towards humans and surroundings.
He previously participated in la Biennale di Venezia: 15th International Architecture Exhibition at Hong Kong Pavilion, 7th Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture, 15th WRO Media Art Biennale, Hong Kong Contemporary Biennial Award 2009, etc.; also exhibited in Ice Palace, Miami, U.S.A.; Osthaus Museum, Hagen, Germany; Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art, Manchester, UK; 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Sydney, Australia; Museum Bärengasse, Switzerland; Esplanade, Singapore; Singapore Art Museum; Guangdong Times Museum, China; Vargas Museum, Manila, Philippines; Busan Cinema Center, South Korea; Hong Kong Museum of Art; Hong Kong Heritage Museum; Taipei Museum of Contemporary Art; Kuandu Museum, Taipei, Taiwan, etc. He was awarded the first prize at Hong Kong Contemporary Art Biennial 2009; selected by Sovereign Asian Art Prize 2010, 2011 and 2014; awarded a Young Artist Award by Hong Kong Arts Development Awards 2010; granted by Asian Cultural Council in 2013. Collectors of his art include Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong Heritage Museum, Deutsche Bank, Amelia Johnson Contemporary and private collections over the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Singapore, Austria, Taiwan, Hong Kong, etc.
To observe, to experience, to verify, I integrate myself with dependent originating, arising and ending of all things, to demonstrate rhythm of minds fading in and fading out.
Human beings often try to put art into life. On the contrary, we rarely try to make life more artistic. One notion remains my mind. If art and life originally come from a complete whole, these two words create irreparable distance in the middle. We tend to look down possibilities of life and extract artistic elements from it presenting in separate situations. Such methodologies lead my art creation based on real experiences like applying my real life to experiment different ways of living. It somehow helps search for awareness of spirits, values and extension of sentiments in current bustling society. Then there is a discovery. There is no object that can stay eternal. Every object changes at every moment. While consciousness is triggered, it determines how states of objects can retain.
Nothing can exist alone. Along with continuity of intensified globalization and capitalism, modern lifestyles reflect more contradictory values. I name it poisonous aesthetics embracing all my emotions and desires, as well as blending with situations and fate of Hong Kong. Believe in skepticism; skeptical about beliefs. Believe in beliefs; skeptical about skepticism.
Among beliefs and skepticism, I still enjoy feelings of existence, and breath, much more than work. If you are willing to see in this light, then my creation is life itself.