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Samson Young to Represent Hong Kong at the 2017 Venice Biennale

M+, a museum of visual culture, and the Hong Kong Arts Development Council have announced that sound artist Samson Young has been selected to represent Hong Kong at the Fifty-Seventh Venice Biennale, which will be held from May 13 to November 26, 2017.

This is the third edition that M+ and the council will collaborate on to present Hong Kong’s contribution to the Biennale. Ying Kwok, an independent Hong Kong–based curator, was asked to curate the pavilion. Doryun Chong, deputy director and chief curator of M+, will serve as a consulting curator. The artist has not revealed any details about the work he will exhibit.

Born in Hong Kong in 1979, Young is a trained musician who earned his M.Phil. in music composition from the University of Hong Kong and a Ph.D. in the same field from Princeton University. His artistic practice involves blending sounds with visual art and live performance.

Young was named Artist of the Year by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council in 2013 and was chosen as the inaugural winner of the Art Basel–BMW Art Journey Award in 2015. He won a place in this year’s Container Artist Residency, which takes seven artists onboard a commercial container carrier as it sails around the world. Best known for his ongoing project For Whom the Bell Tolls: A Journey into the Sonic History of Conflicts, Young traveled across five continents to explore the relationship between musical instruments and war (bells were often melted down to produce canons during conflicts). During his sixty-day journey, he sought out historically resonant bells to create an archive of recordings, a series of bell sound sketches, and a composition.