Para Site International Art Residency (PS IAR) aims to promote the generation of art and ideas through the introduction of invited artists, curators and writers to Hong Kong. As the inaugural residency programme run by Para Site, PS IAR is conceptualised as a research period of up to two months where participants are encouraged to engage with the local and regional art scene through studio visits, talks, screenings, performances and other activities. At the same time, PS IAR hopes to become a platform to facilitate potential future opportunities and collaborations between Hong Kong, Para Site and the participants. PS IAR is an invitation-based programme and is currently unable to process unsolicited applications.
17.7 - 4.8.2017
Hit Man Gurung is a multimedia artist based in Kathmandu. His body of work is a direct response to some of the most pressing socio-political issues of the country. His recent series of work deals with Nepali migrant laborers who leave their families and country to join transitory work forces in foreign countries. International migration has increased exponentially since the civil war, causing disconnections between generations and altering structures of towns and villages. Gurung was selected for the first Yinchuan Biennial 2016, hosted by the Yinchuan Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA, Yinchuan) in China. He was also the featured artist at Moesgaard Museum of Denmark in 2016. In addition, his work was exhibited as part of Afterwork at Para Site Art Center, Hong Kong. Gurung was also selected for the 8th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT8) in Brisbane, Australia.
5.7 - 17.8.2017
Sharmini Pereira is an independent curator and publisher. She is the director and founder of Raking Leaves, a non-profit independent publishing organisation. In 2011 she was the international guest curator of the Abraaj Capital Art Prize and in 2006 she co-curated the 1st Singapore Biennale. She has written extensively on contemporary Asian art and spoken at numerous international conferences.
17.7 - 4.8.2017
Sheelasha Rajbhandari is a visual artist based in Kathmandu. Her mixed media installations explore the parallel – yet, often contradictory – existence of traditional beliefs and historic ideas with contemporary events and evolving lifestyles. Rajbhandari is a co-founder of the artist collective, Artree Nepal, which was established in 2013. Her artwork was exhibited as part of Parallel Realities show at Moesgaard Museum of Denmark in 2016. That same year, she was also selected for the Asia Contemporary Exhibition at Jeonbuk Museum in Korea.
1 - 12.8.2017
Xiaoshi Vivian Vivian Qin (b. 1989, Guangzhou) experiments with normative models to create sites for unruly dialogue. Based between Guangzhou and New York City, she has hosted high school debates on contemporary art world issues, made fictional App to create space to talk about gender issues, organized meetings between scientist, artists and philosophers to address the possibility that we live in a simulation, and organize fictional panel taken place in the future. As a participating artist of In Search of Miss Ruthless (Para Site, Hong Kong), she acts as the current Director of Communications for Miss Ruthless International, an organization that takes a fantasy figure from the future as its underlying principle. Her work has been exhibited at OCAT Shenzhen (2017), You Won't Be Young Forever, Shanghai (2016), Queens Museum, New York (2016), Barnard College, New York (2016), Spring/Break Art Show, New York (2016), 221A, Vancouver (2015), Flux Factory, Queens (2015), Fisher Landau Center, Queens (2015), Jewish Museum, New York (2014), and Wallach Art Gallery, New York (2014). Upcoming includes a solo exhibition at Weekend, Seoul, and a screening at DFT—a projection on the Brooklyn Bridge, New York. She received her MFA from Columbia University and is a winner of the Lotos Foundation Prize in 2015.
Jes Fan is from Canada/ Hong Kong, China. They hold a BFA in Glass from Rhode Island School of Design. They are the recipient of various awards, such as the Pioneer Works Residency, Edward and Sally Van Lier Fellowship at Museum of Arts and Design (MAD), CCGA Fellowship at Wheaton Arts, and John A. Chironna Memorial Award at RISD. They have had solo shows at MAD, NY; Vox Populi Gallery, PA, Brown University, RI. Group shows in 2017 includes Queens Museum, NY; Para Site, Hong Kong; Fisher Parrish Gallery; NY, Outpost Artist Resource, NY.