Christina Li: Always Moving, Always Curating
We are in the middle of the 58th Venice Biennale, and this year, M+ and the Hong Kong Arts Development Council are once again working together to present Hong Kong’s contribution: Shirley Tse: Stakeholders, Hong Kong in Venice, curated by Hong Kong curator Christina Li. To give better insight into her practice, Li spoke to Winny Leung, associate editor at M+, about her work and her curatorial philosophy.
What does a curator do? That was what Christina Li wondered when she entered this line of work in her first curatorial role at Para Site, an independent art space in Hong Kong. ‘I didn’t know what a curator was supposed to do; whether it involves painting or writing or translation. I eventually thought about it this way: the word “curator” comes from a root that means “caring for something”—so everything is something I should care for. At the time there were just three of us in the Para Site team, and we had to do everything, from the cabling to painting walls, for twelve exhibitions a year.’