Launched in 2016, Insights, is an initiative which focuses on a particular theme or an important moment in the development of photography. Each year PHOTOFAIRS commissions a new curator to offer a new perspective on the exhibition. Following last year’s thought-provoking and critically acclaimed Insights exhibition “The Same But Also Changed”, PHOTOFAIRS has commissioned Para Site (Hong Kong) Asia’s leading contemporary art centre, to curate Insights for 2019.
Para Site (Hong Kong) Deputy Director Claire Shea will draw from a wide network of established and emerging artists from East and South East Asia to explore photography's role in shaping our history and perceptions. The exhibition is titled Fieldwork, a term that refers both to the gathering of information about something in a real, natural environment – an approach these artists are often taking to conduct research and to document the landscapes explored in these images. On the other hand, many of these artists’ employ landscape itself as a means of uncovering histories overlooked or previously not included in grand historical accounts of the past. The exhibition will study the contemporary power of the medium to re-examine those histories and shed light on points of view that were previously overlooked. These works were selected by artists working across the region, who are using photography and new media in exploring the role of landscape in shaping and reframing the past and considering its role in shaping the future.