[Sponsored] NGO Justice Centre has announced the winners of the 2018 Hong Kong Human Rights Arts Prize (HKHRP) – an annual event that explores the state of human rights both at home and abroad via any visual art medium.
Launched in 2013, this year’s prize was co-presented by Justice Centre Hong Kong and the European Union Office of Hong Kong & Macau and looks to share powerful stories from the city’s artists. The winners were announced on Friday.
A diverse selection of 23 artworks by 24 artists have been shortlisted for the award; the artists were selected from a pool of 126 entries.
The winner received a prize of HK$35,000 and an exclusive trophy by renowned Hong Kong artist Jaffa Lam. The two runners-up and the Director’s Choice also received awards.
The acclaimed judging panel included:
- Mimi Brown, Founder, Spring Workshop
- Claire Hsu, Co-Founder & Executive Director, Asia Art Archive
- Professor Pang Laikwan, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
- Professor Eric Poon, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
- Ben Quilty, Artist
- Dr. Kacey Wong, Artist
HKFP shares the winners and runners-up:
Winner – Siu Wai-hang, “Open Ta Kung Pao.” The award-winning video installation explores the relationship between identity and power in China’s oldest pro-Beijing newspaper, Ta Kung Pao.
First runner-up – Cheung Hing-yee, “Soften stones 1: Tombstone for 61 HK students suicide since 2016”
Second runner-up – Lo Yuet-mei, “Boxed In”
Director’s choice – Lau Ching-yee, “Wildness in Pawn”
Eaton Award – Ophelia Jacarini, “Blooming 2”
Eaton Acknowledgement – Art Women X Aanya, “Creating agency and sustainable futures.”
An exhibition of the finalists’ works is available for public viewing throughout Eaton HK’s Hotel Lobby Area from January 14 to February 3 2019. The winning artist will have his work displayed in the hotel’s “Tomorrow Maybe” gallery space. The gallery opening times are from Monday to Sunday, 11am-9pm – more information can be found here. Details on an art auction are to be announced soon.