27 – 31 March 2019

Central Harborfront
Hong Kong



Education Partner, Asia Society Hong Kong Center, returns to Art Central to present a daily programme of talks and panel discussions.

This year’s talk programme will feature a ‘Conversation with our 2019 Asia Arts Game Changer Awards Honourees’ on the third day of the art fair. The honourees will share personal and inspirational thoughts related to the significant contributions they have made to the development of the modern and contemporary art industry in Asia.

2019 Asia Arts Game Changer Awards Honourees

Imran Qureshi

Imran Qureshi is renowned for his site-specific paintings, installations, and videos created in the style of Indo-Persian miniature painting as a means to explore contemporary socio-political themes. His elegant miniatures often juxtapose figures in modern dress against ornate landscapes that reflect contemporary life in Pakistan while his large-scale works feature red leaves and floral patterns that are meant to provoke thoughtful reflection on the sometimes tenuous and often bloody relationship between religious ideologies and warfare. Qureshi has exhibited internationally, including at The Curve, Barbican Centre, London (2016); the 55th Venice Biennale (2013); The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (2013); the 10th Sharjah Biennial (2011); and Asia Society Museum, New York (2009).

Saturday 30 March, 2019 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Natee Utarit

Natee Utarit is a Thai artist best known for his photorealist paintings that subtly critique the socio-political dynamics of post-colonial Thailand. His neoclassical compositions often feature biblical and Buddhist symbols and anthropomorphize animals in the manner of Aesop’s Fables and George Orwell’s Animal Farm as a means to illuminate uncomfortable truths about contemporary society. Utarit’s work has been the subject of international solo and group exhibitions including at the Ayala Museum, Manila (2017); Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo (2015); Museum of Contemporary Art (now Kiasma), Helsinki (2001); and the Third Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane (1999).

Saturday 30 March, 2019, 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

Christine Ay Tjoe

Christine Ay Tjoe is an Indonesian artist whose multimedia practice includes painting, drawing, sculpture, and installation. Her psychologically-charged abstractions address philosophical themes relating to spirituality and the human condition filtered through the artist’s personal experiences. Ay Tjoe recently had a major midcareer retrospective at the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary, Kanazawa (2018) and has been featured in many international exhibitions, including at the Royal Academy of Arts, London (2017); National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung (2012); National Gallery of Indonesia, Jakarta (2009); and Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY (2005).

Saturday 30 March, 2019, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Fang Lijun

Fang Lijun is one of the leading figures of the Cynical Realism movement that emerged in China in the 1990s. This group sought to capture the disillusionment of China’s youth following the optimism of the 1980s. Fang’s bald figures, captured in mid-yawn, portray the alienating feelings of apathy and helplessness that permeated contemporary society during this period. Fang has exhibited internationally, including at the Kunst Museum Bern (2016); Asian Art Museum of San Francisco (2011); Taipei Fine Arts Museum (2009); the 48th Venice Biennale (1999); Asia Society Museum, New York (1998); and the 22nd São Paulo Art Biennial (1994).

Saturday 30 March, 2019, 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM


Living in the Anthropocene: Naturalist in conversation

Speakers: James Prosek [Artist & Naturalist], Tam Wai Ping [artist]
Moderator: Joyce Wong [Curator, Asia Society Hong Kong]
The speakers will discuss compelling topics that aim to interrogate relationships between contemporary art and the natural world, its historical implications and impact. James incorporates elements of wildlife in his artwork to ruminate the relationship between human desire and the fluidity of nature. Together they will initiate a dialogue to explore the changes that humans have made to disrupt the world’s ecosystems and share their thoughts on living in the Anthropocene through the lens of art, immersing the audience in a world that predates interconnectivity.

Thursday 28 March, 2019, 5.30 PM – 6.30 PM


A Story of Light & Space

Speaker: Zheng Chongbin [artist]
Moderator: Michael Govan [Director of Los Angeles County Museum of Art]
Michael Govan, Director of Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Mary Corse, the innovative light and space artist, who is best known for her exquisite depiction of radiant and interactive surfaces and ubiquitous technique of painting, as well as Zheng Chongbin, a Chinese ink artist who sophistically transforms intangible materials into the perceptible vitality of matter through his artwork. The speakers will explore how light and space could serve as both subject and medium in art creation.
Friday, March 29th, 2019, 5.30 PM – 6.30 PM

Connecting City Landscape and Arts in Hong Kong

Speaker: Mr. Christopher DeWolf [Author]
Sunday 31 March, 2019, 2 PM – 3PM