The new expansion of 'Through the Clouds' opens in Basel this month. Following exhibitions in Murrhardt and Berlin during June and July that featured works by Hong Kong artists Luke Ching, Lo Lai Lai Natalie and Yim Sui Fong, curator Angelika Li has invited German/Swiss duo Copa & Sordes, Swiss sculptor Dorothee Sauter as well as Hong Kong painters Hung Fai and Wai Pong Yu to join in this latest chapter. With diverse mediums including paintings, ink on paper, sculptures, videos and installations, this transit further explores the boundless idea of the cloud as part of the hydrological cycle along with the wind and rain.


How does this cycle impact on and reflect our current climate and situations? From different perspectives, how do the artists perceive the transformations, if not turbulences? Are we going through a test of our resilience in unpredictable environments? Are we bound within the new realities or breaking through? Are we like clouds, going where the wind blows, by chance?


The sense of change, unpredictability and floatingness echoes literary references echoes from English poet William Wordsworth (1770-1850), Chinese poet Xu Zhimo (1897-1831) and Hong Kong novelist Xi Xi (1937-) which offer much inspiration to this chapter. In ‘I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud’ (1798), Wordsworth personifies himself as a melancholic cloud that aimlessly drifts ‘high o’er vales and hills’ and brings us to contemplate on the disappearance of things dear to us. In a very different context and in his tempestuous style, Xu opens his poem ‘By Chance’ (1926) with ‘I am a cloud in the sky…’, expressing the inevitable nature and qualities of change, unpredictability and impermanence between the cloud and water, ‘the sea in the darkness’ and ‘the glow that sparked between us as we crossed our paths’. Xi Xi opens her novel ‘The Floating City’ (1986) with René Magritte’s ‘The Castle of the Pyrenees’ (1959) on a big rock suspending in the air above a rough sea as the visual imagery: 'Rolling clouds swirled by above; waves crashed on the swelling sea below…There had been a violent collision of clouds lighting up the sky with flashes and roars of thunder…Suddenly the floating city had dropped from the clouds and hung in midair.’

The exhibition opens in the Old Town of Basel on Thursday, 16 September and will be on view from 17 September to 2 October by appointment only: info@onkili.com and +41 7678 1 7678.

Covid-19 safety: masks required inside the gallery.


Previous venues of this chapter:

Ein Fenster inmitten der Welt at Wolkenhof, Murrhardt, Germany

4 June - 22 July

Momentum, Kunstquartier Bethanien, Berlin

11-25 July

We had such a memorable adventure learning about the history and heritage of Wolkenhof in a natural reserve forest area near Stuttgart this summer. Wolkenhof was the source of inspiration to our latest Homeland in Transit chapter 'Through the Clouds'. The place consists of a cluster of buildings and farmlands founded by Heinrich von Zügel (1850-1941), a founding member of the Munich Secession and pioneer of German Impressionism in 19th century. During that time, Wolkenhof was a meeting place for artists and the name literally means 'Clouds Court' in German.


A big thank you to Birgit Krüger and Eric Schmutz for the invitation and also for the introduction to the history, transformation, geological features and last but not least the amazing energy from the natural surroundings of Wolkenhof!











Dear Hongkongers in Berlin,


If you would like to join our project 'A big tree makes good shade and the shade gathers people 樹大可成蔭 樹蔭好聚人' , please bring your punched leaves to our opening at MOMENTUM, Kunstquartier Bethanien on Sunday 11 July from 13-19h.


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About the Project -


Luke CHING 程展緯 was invited by curator Angelika Li to bring the spirit of the community project 'A big tree makes good shade and the shade gathers people 樹大可成蔭 樹蔭好聚人' (2021) to Berlin. The diasporic landscapes of Hongkongers in Germany and Switzerland are gathered and the installation will be put together at the opening of the latest chapter of the HOMELAND in TRANSIT exhibition series 'Through the Clouds' at MOMENTUM, Kunstquartier Bethanien in Berlin on Sunday 11 July, from 13-19h.


The concept stems from a recent community project of the artist in a district called Happy Valley in Hong Kong with a local art space C&G Apartment in April and May 2021. Happy Valley is the home of the horse-racing course and is often associated with the phrase 'horse will race, dance will continue' referring to the fifty years of autonomy the city was promised after the handover of 1997.


Observing another phenomenal migration wave in Hong Kong, Ching prepares the mini leaves as souvenirs for the people who are leaving. The leaves in our palms act as pixels of camouflage landscapes, urging us to reflect on the notion of change: climate/temperature, nature/environment, synchronising indoor/private lives. This contemplation is believed to have a therapeutic effect.


Ching has extended the project to different districts in Hong Kong and was invited by the curator to expand the project and its spirit with the Hong Kong communities in Switzerland, where the curator lives, and to Germany, where this exhibition take place in both Murrhardt and Berlin.

In this installation, the leaves are collected by Hongkongers in Switzerland and Germany from their everyday living environments and punched to create a new diasporic landscape and memory to reflect on the notion of transition. Camouflage is a combination of a plural colour spectrum and corresponds to different terrains. In the artist’s eyes, with many leaving Hong Kong, the concept of ‘we’ will have to transcend physical space and territory from now on and rebuild many small reasons to come ‘together’.


The Chinese saying 'A big tree makes good shade and the shade gathers people' echoes the pixel nature highlighted in Ching’s video work, and also the solidarity of people. The audience can take some leaves home as souvenirs and Hongkongers are welcome to add some leaves to the gathering of new landscapes and stories.


About the Exhibition -


HOMELAND in TRANSIT returns to MOMENTUM with a new chapter:

Through the Clouds

Featuring:

LUKE CHING // LO LAI LAI NATALIE // YIM SUI FONG

Curated by Angelika Li


OPENING: Sunday 11 July 2021 @ 1 – 7 pm

CORONA SAFETY: FFP2 mask required, no booking necessary.

EXHIBITION:

11 – 25 July 2021

Wednesday – Sunday, 1 – 7 pm

MOMENTUM

Kunstquartier Bethanien Mariannenplatz 2, 10997 Berlin


The exhibition is running in parallel at Ein Fenster inmitten der Welt, Wolkenhof, Murrhardt, Germany from 4.6-22.7.2021.


More info:

http://www.momentumworldwide.org/.../homeland-in-transit-2/

www.einfenster.net

www.onkili.com