First Look at ‘Five Artists: Sites Encountered’
Five Artists: Sites Encountered features works by five international artists that reflect the theme of ‘site’. The artists use a variety of methods to examine and respond to different physical or imagined places.
Who are the artists and what can I expect to see from them?
The exhibition features a wide array of works—including sculptures, installations, and films—by the five artists, who are from different places and different generations:
- Lee Bul (Korean, born 1964), whose sculptures present models of imagined architectural sites that speak to ideas of utopia and fantasy
- May Fung (Hong Kong, born 1952), whose video work follows a blindfolded woman moving through the city of Hong Kong, and who explores how one can perceive familiar surroundings in unfamiliar ways
- Ana Mendieta (American, born Cuba. 1948–1985), whose films depict different ways of imprinting her body onto physical sites in order to start a conversation with landscape and embedded histories or memories
- Charlotte Posenenske (German, 1930–1985), whose sculptural components can be arranged in different configurations according to the given space
- Finally, Lara Almarcegui (Spanish, born 1972), whose specially commissioned site-specific work shows a breakdown of the materials used in the construction of the M+ building, prompting us to reconsider our relationships to land, location, and artistic medium.
What, exactly, does ‘site’ mean?
‘Site’ is the main theme of the exhibition—so what, exactly, does it mean? In the broadest sense of the term, site means ‘place’, but that place can be widely varied: physical or imagined, past or future, real or abstract, political or personal. In this exhibition, you’ll find a variety of definitions of site in the works on display. Lee Bul’s sculptures, for example, are models of imagined utopian sites, while May Fung’s video shows her moving through tangible places in Hong Kong that are both historical and contemporary.
The changing nature of site is an especially appropriate subject to explore at M+ right now, when both the M+ building and the West Kowloon site are undergoing transformations from imagined to real.
Anything else I need to know?
Keep an eye on the exhibition’s programmes! Programmes accompanying the exhibition include reconfigurations of Charlotte Posenenske’s sculptures, conversations with participating artists, a private viewing for teachers, and a series of thematic and curator-led tours. Access services can be arranged in advance.
The M+ Shop, on the ground floor of the pavilion, offers a range of products inspired by the artists and their work, including notebooks, postcards, candleholders, and jewellery.
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Image at top of post: Ana Mendieta (American, born Cuba. 1948–1985). Alma, Silueta en Fuego (Soul, Silhouette on Fire), 1975. Super-8mm film transferred to high-definition digital media (colour, silent), 3 min 7 sec. Courtesy of the Estate of Ana Mendieta Collection, LLC and Galerie Lelong & Co., New York. © The Estate of Ana Mendieta Collection, LLC