View of “Kwan Sheung Chi,” 2015.

View of “Kwan Sheung Chi,” 2015.

Kwan Sheung Chi

Project Fulfill Art Space 就在藝術空間

View of “Kwan Sheung Chi,” 2015.

It’s never been easy to draw the line between life and art in Kwan Sheung Chi’s work. Throughout his fifteen-year career, the Hong Kong–based artist has consistently found inspiration in the humdrum of the everyday. In the playfully titled “She’s Out of Town,” 2006, the artist, who then worked at an art-leasing firm, staged a one-night-only exhibition at his workplace while the boss was on a business trip. In 2010, he collaborated with his wife, the artist Wong Wai Yin, on Everything goes wrong for the poor couple, a thirty-four-hour performance in which life imitated art, or vice versa: The pair reenacted tragic scenes of marital strife from 1950s and ’60s Hong Kong films. Kwan willingly embraces the struggles of being an artist; he takes up challenges as prompts for an ongoing reflection on the role and function of an artist working in the sociopolitical context of Hong Kong.

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