This Summer the Hong Kong Maritime Museum is shining a spotlight on the controversial shark fin trade in its latest exhibition On Sharks and Humanity, held in collaboration with Parkview Arts Action and non-profit organisation WildAid.
Bringing together art and social responsibility, 36 internationally renowned and emerging artists have come together to raise awareness on shark conservation in this unique exhibition that has an interactive dialogue with the Maritime Museum’s permanent collection. Three acclaimed local Hong Kong talents; Professor Ho Siu-Kee, Peggy Chan, and William Tong, are exhibited for the first time in the Hong Kong edition of On Sharks and Humanity, which is now in its fifth phase having travelled from Monaco, Moscow, Beijing and Singapore to great acclaim.
Whether it be with Zheng Lu’s monumental Butterfly in Love with the Flower currently dominating the Hong Kong harbour front or Liu Zining’s oil painting, Blue, a hyper-realistic image of a shark’s eye over a metre in diameter, the art works demand a rethink of human relations with nature. As George Wong, Parkview Arts Action Founder said; “declining shark numbers pose a fundamental threat to the health of the world’s oceans. Through the artists’ varied interpretations, On Sharks and Humanity can inform and confront you in a way that strikes more directly into the human psyche than the abstract language of scientific debate.”
If visitors are looking for a more hands on experience, they can join one of the many education and engagement programmes that will run throughout the exhibition period, offering chances for people of all ages to discover, learn and enjoy the exhibition. Ranging from tours, family programmes and workshops led by artist Peggy Chan and WildAid Campaigner Alex Hofford there is something for everyone - visit the Maritime Museum website for more details.
The Sovereign Art Foundation will be teaming up with On Sharks and Humanity to host a special workshop for Make It Better participants this summer. The Children will enjoy a number of activities designed to exercise their creativity and learn more about sharks and their role in the ocean.
Look out for the results in our next newsletter!
29 June - end of September 2017
Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays 10:00-19:00
Hong Kong Maritime Museum, Central Pier No. 8
Main Image: Xia Hang, To Poseidon, On Sharks and Humanity, Maritime Museum. Image Courtesy of Parkview Arts Action.