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Shirley Tse to Represent Hong Kong at 2019 Venice Biennale

M+ Museum and the Hong Kong Arts Development Council (HKADC) have announced that Shirley Tse will represent Hong Kong at the Fifty-Eighth Venice Biennale, which will kick off on May 11, 2019. The Los Angeles­–based artist will present new site-specific works in a solo exhibition curated by Christina Li.

“It is a deep honor to represent Hong Kong, my hometown, and a place that shaped my formative years as an artist,” Tse said. “Big thanks to Christina Li for visiting me in my Los Angeles studio on a rare rainy day, and for inviting me. I look forward to collaborating with the curatorial team headed by her to bring our vision to fruition.”

Known for her installations that incorporate elements of sculpture, text, photography, and video, Tse has dedicated her practice to visualizing heterogeneity through sculpture, installation, photography, and text. She was a recipient of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship in 2009. She has been a member of the faculty at California Institute of the Arts since 2001 and was recently named the Robert Fitzpatrick chair in art. Tse is represented by Shoshana Wayne Gallery in Santa Monica, California, where her most recent solo exhibition, “Lift Me Up So I Can See Better,” was held in 2016.

Based between Hong Kong and Amsterdam, Li is an independent curator whose most recent project, the exhibition “Dismantling the Scaffold,” is on view at Tai Kwun Contemporary, Hong Kong, until August 15. Previously, she served as the director of the Hong Kong nonprofit project space Spring Workshop, where she curated “A Collective Present” (2017), “Wu Tsang: Duilian” (2016), and “Wong Wai Yin: Without Trying” (2016), among other shows, and as a curator at Para Site in Hong Kong.

The exhibition marks the fourth year that M+ and the HKADC have collaborated on the Hong Kong pavilion for the Venice Biennale. The organizations also oversaw the presentations of work by Lee Kit in 2013, by Tsang Kin-Wah in 2015, and by Samson Young in 2017.