Hyukgue Kwon questions how the practice of curating can represent a multitude of contemporary art that goes beyond the initial articulation of artistic, subjective and cultural framework, without the means of illusive celebration and the management of the arts. Kwon often collaborates with other practitioners, writers and audiences, and his practice mostly involves a critical interpretation of exhibition making and the exploration of various curatorial strategies, challenging the pre-conceived notions of exhibition making.
Hyukgue Kwon (born 1982, Seoul, South Korea) is an independent curator and researcher. Kwon’s recent curatorial projects include, When I Encounter You, London, 2015-ongoing;Eunsoo Hur, Project Space Stage 3×3, Seoul, South Korea, 2014; Richard Smith, Winter Project Space, London, 2013; Penumbra, an eight day project with eight artists, Bermondsey Project Space, London, 2012. He also worked as a researcher for exhibitions such as Terra Galaxia: Aerotropolics, Home and Away, City States, Liverpool Biennial, 2012.
Residents from South Korea
Raja’a Khalid’s practice is concerned with contemporary narratives of class, luxury, and consumer and material cultures, especially those that connect her native Arabian Gulf region with the world at large. She is interested in how current day capitalist economies articulate ‘culture’ and seek out motifs of soft power that reflect on the Gulf’s streaming constructions of heritage, authenticity, wealth, masculinity, sport, game, athleticism, adornment, wellness and wilderness. Outcomes are often sculptural abstractions based on these investigations and mediums employed include industrial processes, systems or rhetoric e.g. patents, wholesale supplies or B2B goods, etc.
Raja’a Khalid (born 1984, Saudi Arabia) is a Dubai-based artist and writer. She received her MFA in Fine Art from Cornell University, where she was also the recipient of the Cornell Council for the Arts Grant in 2013. Recent awards and residencies include the NYU Abu Dhabi FIND Research Fellowship, 2014; the Künstlerhaus Büchsenhausen International Fellowship for Art and Theory, 2015, and the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten Guest Residency, 2015. Her work has been shown in New York, Dubai and Vienna.
Events & Exhibitions
Residents from United Arab Emirates
AaBbPp (Elena Narbutaite & Gintaras Didziapetris)
AaBbPp is a collaborative project concentrating on headwear as the point of departure. AaBbPp considers their hats as hybrids between Ready-to-wear and prototype. Similarly, their online presence and shop function as a voice and commercial enterprise. AaBbPp was founded in 2014 and has exhibited in the following exhibitions Society Acts, Moderna Museet, Malmo, 2014; Port Authority, MARCO, Museo de Arte Contemporánea, Vigo, 2015;Contour 7: A Moving Image Biennale, Mechelen, Belgium, 2015.