A video art work entitled “Inexperienced Display” by Terence Li has gained the 2021 Hong Kong Human Rights Arts Prize, an occasion hosted by the Justice Centre and the European Union Workplace to Hong Kong and Macau.
Terence Li, proclaimed winner on June 8, submitted an 11-minute video set in a small flat with inexperienced partitions. It contains a younger Sri Lankan lady whose asylum declare was repeatedly denied by the Hong Kong authorities reciting a poem entitled “Seasons of Timber.”
Li is a US filmmaker, video artist and artwork critic now based mostly in Berlin, in keeping with his on-line profile. He was born in San Francisco however graduated from the Chinese language College of Hong Kong.
“The chosen works are by artists that come from numerous ethnic backgrounds, together with refugees, with their very own distinctive experiences with human rights points, able to share their tales with the world beneath this 12 months’s theme of ‘Shared Future’,” mentioned a statement from the Justice Centre.
Li’s work stood out from 93 submissions by established and rising artists, of which a world panel of judges shortlisted 33. The judging was performed blind as a part of the occasion’s dedication to range and inclusion.
The works cowl a various vary of mediums and matters, together with the remedy of minorities in Hong Kong, the worldwide refugee disaster, psychological well being and LGBTQI+ rights.
Melanie McLaren, govt director of the Justice Centre Hong Kong, mentioned highly effective artwork has all the time emerged from tough instances, that means that artwork and human rights have a protracted shared historical past.
“Day after day, we work with refugees and survivors of torture, human trafficking and compelled labour, and we hope that the artwork by way of this 12 months’s shortlist continues to spark dialogue round these points, and different injustices,” McLaren mentioned.
The profitable and shortlisted artworks shall be exhibited on the Goethe-Institut till June 30. All exhibited works shall be made accessible for buy by way of public sale on June 24, with 80 per cent of the proceeds given to help the prize’s operation and the Justice Centre. Different works could be bought by way of a web based public sale later.