The Osage Art Foundation and Fundaziun NAIRS Contemporary Art Centre are proud to present Interval in Space, a Hong Kong - Switzerland Cultural Exchange Project, co-organised by the Consulate General of Switzerland in Hong Kong.
The project begins in July 2017 when a group of young Hong Kong artists will travel to the village of Scuol in the picaresque Engadin valley in south-eastern Switzerland in order to take part in a residency program and to share information about their artistic practices with a group of artists from Switzerland and Austria.
The five participating artists from Hong Kong are Au Hoi Lam, Nadim Abbas, Sarah Lai, Lee Kit and Kingsley Ng. The artists from Switzerland and Austria are Beat Feller, Zilla Leutenegger, Matthias Liechti, Boris Rebetez and Judith Fegerl.
The project includes an exhibition in Switzerland from 21 July 2017 to 29 October 2017 and then later in the year will continue in Hong Kong with a residency for the Swiss and Austrian artists and an exhibition at Osage Hong Kong from 15 December 2017 to 28 February 2018.
The project is curated by Harald Kraemer (Switzerland / Hong Kong), Janine Stoll (Switzerland) and Charles Merewether (Hong Kong).
Scuol in Switzerland is a centre for the rich Romansch culture that is a descendant of the spoken Latin language of the Roman Empire. During their stay, the Hong Kong artists will explore this culture and later reflect upon their experiences for their exhibition in Hong Kong.
In Switzerland the Hong Kong artists will show work that they hope will resonate with their hosts. Nadim Abbas will show an animated crashing waterfall but as seen through a typical Hong Kong apartment window. Kingsley Ng will show a work that is a reflection on the supply of water. Sarah Lai will show work that comments on the crowded nature of Hong Kong. Lee Kit's interest is to redefine how we identify with the everyday by staging communal activities with his artworks and to seek an uncanny interpretation of an object. Au Hoi Lam will explore the nature of language with an installation that examines the process of translating a Cantonese pop song into English, French, German, Italian and then into a dialect of Romansch.
The project is generously supported by Presence Switzerland; Pro Helvetia, Swiss Arts Council; City and Kanton Bern; Kulturpauschale Kanton Basel-Stadt; Stiftung Temperatio; lotsremark.net; City University of Hong Kong and the School of Creative Media; The Hong Kong Arts Development Council and the Arts Development Fund of the Home Affairs Bureau, the Government of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.