“Photography captures a moment in history, a particular second in time. We are living in a time that is informed by our past. A place is formed not with one story, but a collective story of each individual which offers multiple interpretations.” – Ying Kwok, 2017.
Ying Kwok is an independent curator notable for her inventive curatorial approach: to centre on “the boundaries of collaboration” between curators, artists, and the community. She worked as the curator of the Chinese Arts Centre in Manchester in the UK from 2006 to 2012. She has co-curated many international exhibitions, including Harmonious Society at Asia Triennial Manchester (2014), Form Longing to Belonging with Łaźnia Centre for Contemporary Art, Poland (2014, 2016), and No Cause for Alarm at La Mama Gallery, New York (2016). Awarded the Asia Cultural Council Fellowship in 2015, she carried out a five-month research on participatory and engagement projects in the US. To encourage critical thinking and effective discussion in Hong Kong, Kwok founded Art Appraisal Club with a group of local art professionals. The club provides regular exhibition reviews, and their articles are published in magazines and on various platforms for arts and culture. There first bilingual bi-annual journal, Art Review Hong Kong, was launched in autumn 2016. Kwok is also the curator of Hong Kong Pavilion at The 57thVenice Biennale, which will be held in 2017.