My Art Guide Hong Kong 2019 is a paper and digital issue dedicated to Art Basel and the Art Week in Hong Kong, available online and on iOS and Android app. This new edition has been developed thanks to an incredible editorial committee formed by Tobias Berger (Head of Art at Tai Kwun), Christina Li (Independent Curator), and William Zhao (Independent Curator and Collector). The committee has been working to select the best and most interesting art spaces and exhibitions in town.
Tobias Berger is the Head of Art at Tai Kwun, the newly opened Centre for Heritage and Arts in Hong Kong. Tobias Berger worked as a Curator at the Museum Fridericianum in Kassel until the end of 2001. In 2002, Berger was Artistic Director of the 8th Baltic Triennial of International Art in Vilnius, Lithuania. Between 2003 and March 2005, he was Director of ARTSPACE/NZ in Auckland, New Zealand. From April 2005 to December 2008, he was the Executive Director of Para/Site Art Space in Hong Kong, and from 2008 to 2010 Chief Curator at the Nam June Paik Art Center in Seoul, South Korea. From 2010 to 2015 Tobias was Curator Visual Arts at M+ in Hong Kong.
Christina Li is a curator working between Hong Kong and Amsterdam, the Netherlands. She graduated from the University of Hong Kong with a degree in Fine Arts (Art History) and Comparative Literature, and completed de Appel Curatorial Programme in 2009. She was the Curator-at-Large at Spring Workshop, Hong Kong where she served as the Director between 2015 and 2017. Her most recent Spring presentation Dismantling the Scaffold (2018) is the inaugural exhibition at Tai Kwun Contemporary in Hong Kong. At Spring, she curated among other projects: A Collective Present (2017); Wu Tsang: Duilian (2016), Wong Wai Yin: Without Trying (2016), Days push off into nights (2015), and Des hotes: a foreigner, a human, an unexpected visitor (2015). With Heman Chong, she has launched Stationary, a collection of short stories, and co-edited the upcoming volume with writer and artist Malak Helmy which can be found on www.stationarystories.com. Christina previously worked as a curator at Para/Site Art Space (Hong Kong) from 2005 to 2008, and was the Assistant Curator of Making (Perfect) World: Harbour, Hong Kong, Alienated Cities and Dreams, the Hong Kong Participation of the 53rd Venice Biennale. Her other projects include: The Goethe-Institut’s Pyongyang Reading Room: Between Object and Shadow (Goethe-Institut Amsterdam, 2013); A Map of Misreading (TENT, Rotterdam, 2012); Icarus 13: Cinematic Narratives from Elsewhere (BAK, Utrecht, 2011); Prologue – Speculations on the Cultural Organisation of Civility (SKOR and various locations, Amsterdam, 2010); Not Yesterday, Not Tomorrow (Cable Factory, Helsinki, 2009); and Weak Signals, Wild Cards (de Appel, Amsterdam, 2009). As a writer, she has contributed to catalogues and publications such as Artforum, Art Review Asia, LEAP, Parkett, Spike, and Yishu Journal of Contemporary Art.
William Zhao is based in Hong Kong and a leading contributor in the local arts scene. Passionate for art since his childhood he fostered exchange between China and France during his time in Europe and after his MBA in Finance and management positions in investment banking, He relocated to Hong Kong in 2004 and began writing as an art critic before becoming an independent curator and a keen collector.
- Tobias Berger Head of Arts, Tai Kwun, Courtesy of Tai Kwun
- Christina Li © Michael MC
- William Zhao