Following a successful Finalists Exhibition at Fine Art Asia over the past weekend, we are excited to reveal the winners of The Sovereign Art Foundation Students Prize, Hong Kong 2020. Congratulations to Chan Pak Hin who has been named our Judges Prize Winner for his work, WHERE WE START – a show-stopping piece of assemblage constructed entirely of Chan’s old swimming materials.
As a competitive swimmer in high school, Chan broke the 200m Fly record in Hong Kong for his age category when he just 14 years old. In WHERE WE START, he reflects on his past victories and loses by rendering the image of a swimmer poised to dive into the unknown.
As the Judges Prize winner, Chan will receive HK$8,000 for himself and HK$20,000 for his school, St Joseph’s College.
Chan Pak Hin says of his work:
“My work, ‘WHERE WE START’, was inspired from a good scolding. The idea started when my swimming teammates went off to compete in the 2018 Asian Games and I stayed home in Hong Kong. The coach I was training with at the time said that I had a chance to compete in the next Asian Games, which I couldn’t believe – I thought it was impossible. I still felt that I was far away from my childhood dream. When I spoke about this to my friend, her father shouted at me: “Why don’t you try? I hate people who give up without trying!”. This sentiment had a major impact on the way I live my life and has slowly extended to everything to do – especially when I’m about to take my first step into something new.”