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  • After a long postponement from 2020, 'Heimat im Wandel' will open on 5.5.2022

    Postponed since March 2020 due to the pandemic, the second exhibition has transformed into the seventh chapter in the 'Homeland in Transit' curatorial series with the German title HEIMAT im WANDEL in which Martin Brauen, cultural anthropologist specialising in Tibet and the Himalayas and curator, and Hong Kong curator Angelika Li attempt to interweave respective perspectives and experiences of Swiss-Tibetan artist Sonam Dolma Brauen, and six Hong Kong artists Hung Fai, Lee Ka Sing, Leung Chi Wo, MAP Office, Lulu Ngie and Wai Pong Yu. Despite many differences, the two places share something in common: the sense of homeland of its inhabitants is constantly being questioned and reinterpreted. How do the artists perceive these transformations and how do they represent it in their art?

  • An expanded list of artists for 'HOMELAND in TRANSIT: Through the Clouds' opening in Basel on 16 Sep

    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: 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

  • Wolkenhof Experience - Homeland in Transit: Through the Clouds

    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!

  • A big tree makes good shade and the shade gathers people 樹大可成蔭 樹蔭好聚人 (2021) by Luke Ching

    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. Scroll down for more info and images. Please help spread the word! 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:

  • Murrhardt Zeitung Petra Neumann's review on Homeland in Transit Through the Clouds

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  • Artist Website Launch​

    Complementing Dorothee Sauter's first solo exhibition 'Geology, Cooking Heart, Curious and other stories' in Basel which opens on Friday 11 June, we are very happy to announce the launch of her artist website, a collaboration with the curator of the exhibition Angelika Li :

  • Homeland in Transit Through the Clouds opening in Wolkenhof this Friday 4 June

    We are very delighted to share with you that the new chapter of Homeland in Transit: 'Through the Clouds' featuring works by Hong Kong artists Luke Ching, Lo Lai Lai Natalie and Yim Sui Fong will open this Friday 4 June through 22 July at Ein Fenster inmitten der Welt, a window in the middle of the world, situated in a natural reserve forest area near Stuttgart, with two interfaces: one to the real world, one to the virtual. This exhibition will be shown in parallel at Momentum, Kunstquartier Bethanien in Berlin from 11 to 25 July 2021, also with an online viewing platform during the exhibition period. Stay tuned for more updates! For the German press release from Ein Fenster inmitten der Welt and the English Info Pack with the curatorial essay and artist biographies, please press here. Luke Ching Lo Lai Lai Natalie Yim Sui Fong

  • Dorothee Sauter: Geology, Cooking Heart, Curious and other stories opening in Basel on 11 June 2021

    I N V I T A T I O N We are very excited to announce the first solo exhibition of Dorothee Sauter in Basel. Her latest body of work - dynamic and enigmatic sculptures - will be presented in “Geology, Cooking Heart, Curious and other stories” at our project space in the Old Town of Basel, opening on 11 June and running until 26 June. Online viewing will be available from 15 June. We look forward to welcoming you at the exhibition! Vernissage: Friday 11 June 2021 16h – 20h Exhibition: 12 - 26 June 2021, Basel Opening hours: Thursdays - Saturdays 13h – 19h Pfeffergässlein 25 (via Nadelberg 33), 4051 Basel, Switzerland Curator: Angelika Li More info: Enquiry: +41 7678 1 7678 E X H I B I T I O N Dorothee Sauter’s solo exhibition “Geology, Cooking Heart, Curious and other stories” (Basel, 2021) offers an extraordinary landscape populated by ambiguous free life forms. One may wonder if the scene is terrestrial or underwater? A myriad of mind games. The enigmatic sculptures stand as a cluster with their own wills: breathing, yelling, grasping; mouths, eyes, ears; protuberances, limbs, phalli; outward, inward, gesturing an urgency of energy discharge, if not explosion. Our eyes drift along these tentacular movements which suggest a potent life force with immense resilience and willpower. The colours are unmanipulated raw pigments from different continents, disarming in their utmost honesty. Placed together they create an almost-palpable fluctuation in atmosphere and temperature. Are they vessels carrying distant ancestral memories, dwellings inhabited by organisms beforetime, rhizomes in evolution, symbols of fertility or a group of quasi-objects extending from Bruno Latour’s concept of a ‘parliament of things’? Sauter wittily muddles our sense of time, shifting prehistory and future. Staying curious, Sauter’s technical interest is geared towards the properties and transformation of clay minerals, metal oxides and the vitreous state of rocks, with aspirations to bring together testimonies from completely different geological time periods into her work. To Sauter, her sculptures are films for the mind’s eye: fragments of memory whether conscious or subconscious, moments in a lecture, images in the newspaper, something she has seen but cannot fully understand, stimulation by science and literature. Her goal is not only the finished sculptures and vessels, it is also her developing process: the peculiar poetry of becoming, the dance between intent and chance. Excerpt from the curatorial essay by Angelika Li For more information about the exhibition and artist biography, please click here to link to our website. Image above: Cooking heart , 2021, fired clay, pigments, 40 x 15 x 11 cm, detail, photo: Marco Schibig

  • HOMELAND in TRANSIT through the clouds with HK artists Luke Ching, Yim Sui Fong in Murrhardt, DE

    We are very glad to have been invited by Ein Fenster inmitten der Welt, a window in the middle of the world in Murrhardt, Germany to continue our journey of the HOMELAND in TRANSIT series. Our next stop is in Wolkenhof and at the house of Heinrich von Zügel (*1850), a member of the Munich Secession and a pioneer of German Impressionism in 19th century. During that time, Wolkenhof was a meeting place for artists. Wolkenhof literally means 'clouds courtyard' in German. The name serves as a point of departure that gives inspiration to our new chapter. More info to come soon. Stay tuned.

  • HKU Department of Architecture Seminar: 'An Artists' Visit and Homeland in Transit' 13 May 2021

    Please join us in the coming seminar organised by Dr. Ying Zhou, Assistant Professor of the architecture department of The University of Hong Kong. 13 June 2021 11h CET 17h HKT SEMINAR 'An Artist's Visit and Homeland in Transit' ARCHITECTURE AND THE CITY Department of Architecture, The University of Hong Kong Link to Zoom Meeting ID: 973 8132 0005 Password: 297006

  • 'Heimat im Wandel' at Villa Meier-Severini further postponed to May 2022

    Due to the pandemic, the exhibition 'Heimat im Wandel' featuring works by artists Sonam Dolma Brauen, Hung Fai, Lee Ka Sing, Leung Chi Wo, MAP Office, Lulu Ngie and Wai Pong Yu is further postponed to May 5 - 22, 2022. The exhibition is co-curated by Martin Brauen and Angelika Li and organised by Kulturkreis Zollikon, Switzerland. Hong Kong artists Hung Fai and Wai Pong Yu during their site visit at Villa Meier-Severini, Zollikon in Winter 2018. Stay tuned for more updates.

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