Sound artist Samson Young will represent Hong Kong at the 2017 Venice Biennale, as the Arts Development Council and the M+ Museum of Visual Culture announced today. Doryun Chong, the acting director and chief curator of M+ will curate the pavilion.
This will be the third time that the ADC and M+ will work together to present Hong Kong’s contribution to the world’s biggest contemporary art event.
Young, born in Hong Kong in 1979, trained as a musician and holds a PhD in composition from Princeton University. In recent years, his blending of sounds with visual art and live performance has enjoyed much international success. He was the inaugural winner of the Art Basel-BMW Art Journey Award last year and won a place in this year’s Container Artist Residency, a programme which involves a group of selected artists making art on a container ship sailing around the world.
For whom the bell tolls is one of his best-known works. This is a project started in 2015 that has him travelling around the world and making recordings of bells as a way to understand the history of conflicts.
Find out more about Samson Young through our interviews to the artist.
- Samson Young, Artist Portrait