Leung Chi Wo is a Hong Kong-based artist and was an ISCP resident in 1999. His multi-disciplinary artistic practice ranges from photography and video to text, performance and installation, and focuses on perception and understanding in communication within the urban context.
The exhibition Jonathan & Muragishi intends to recall the voice of the past in the present through the stories of two actual but fictionalized characters Jonathan Napack and Hiroaki Muragishi. They were two interviewees from an earlier project, Domestica Invisibile (2004-present), an exploration of psychological response and physical adaptation to often pre-defined and cramped domestic spaces in urban Hong Kong. Jonathan was a mid-career American arts writer, who witnessed the development of the Asian contemporary art scene, and Muragishi was a young Japanese multi-media artist from Sapporo, Japan.
In their interviews, they both spoke of their small apartments in Hong Kong and how they re-invented or re-purposed these tiny living environments. These interviews will be transmitted throughout the gallery in furniture and other domestic objects, invoking some of the spaces described by Jonathan and Muragishi.
Leung Chi Wo (born 1968, Hong Kong) graduated with a Master of Fine Arts from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. In 2001, his site-specific project was exhibited in the first Hong Kong pavilion of the Venice Biennale. His recent exhibitions include the Busan Biennale (2006), Guangzhou Triennial (2008), “Lights Out” at Museu da Imagem e do Som, São Paulo (2008), “Depot of Disappearance” at quartier21/MuseumsQuartier, Vienna (2009) and “No Soul For Sale” at Tate Modern, London (2010). Leung Chi Wo co-founded Para/Site Art Space in 1996.