LOVE: United in Pride
The Hong Kong Arcus Pride Art 2023 exhibition showcases the artwork of eight emerging artists from LOVE, an LGBTQ+ focus artist collective based in Hong Kong. The exhibition was curated by Kalen Wing Ki Lee, in collaboration with Fiona Ho and Natalie Ng from Odds and Ends.
Established in 2022, Odds and Ends is a contemporary art gallery in Hong Kong that showcases local and international emerging artists, with a focus on Asian diasporic artists. The mission of the gallery is to nurture new talents through a rigorous exhibition program and promote cross-disciplinary collaborations.
Curatorial Statement by Kalen Wing Ki Lee (He/ Him)
It was December 2021. I was conducting a visiting fellowship in San Francisco. I was greeted and moved by many beautiful encounters in the LGBTQIA+ communities. Artists, curators and art administrators work in a united and amicable manner for the queer communities regardless of their genders, cultural backgrounds and sexual preferences. There was this calling: it is imperative to work for the community regardless of where you are and who you are. This compelled us to found LOVE, an artist collective based in Hong Kong serving the LGBTQIA+ and queer-friendly communities.
For this year’s Pride Month, in June 2023, we are working with Odds and Ends gallery. It is not accidental, perhaps serendipitous. LOVE debuted at the Affordable Art Fair Hong Kong 2022 where we met Odds and Ends. It was love at first sight. We respect each other: vision, taste, and charisma. The exhibition we present here - LOVE at Odds and Ends, exemplifies our commonalities: a group exhibition of emerging queer artists from Hong Kong, Asia and beyond, and a tasteful selection of contemporary arts to redefine what artmaking means to us and the communities.
Artists and artworks that we present in this exhibition are diverse. We have worked with 8 artists from Hong Kong, Taiwan, Thailand and the UK. The artists are CIS male and female, gender non-binary and one who is bravely transitioning. The artistic practices include photography, painting, sculpture, literature and mixed media. Subject matters range from self-expression, identity formation, exploration of same-sex relationships, to what and how cultural and societal milieux have imprinted on us. The selected artwork, we hope, is loving, refreshing and empowering.
Lots of LOVE. x