Following his 2014 residency, the New York-based artist has developed a project from AAA's Ha Bik Chuen Archive consisting of "sculptural spaces" built by his fictional collaborator, Suha Traboulsi, who has reproduced canonical modern paintings by Arab artists.
The Ha Bik Chuen Archive presents one window into Hong Kong's art history: Primarily known as a sculptor and printmaker, artist HA BIK CHUEN (1925–2009) had parallel practices of photographing exhibitions he attended, and collecting materials including illustrated magazines andartist portraits, in part for the construction of book collages. Ha's entire collection has been stored in his Hong Kong studio since his passing. Asia Art Archive began an initial pilot project to map, assess,and selectively digitise Ha’s archive by invitation of the Ha family in 2013. Made available to a wider audience for the first time, the archive consists of a continuously growing selection of Ha’s collage books, exhibition documentation, and exhibition catalogues. Due to the vast volume of Ha's archive,materials digitised and shared on this platform are prioritised with more material that will be gradually made accessible through the AAA website.
15 Invitations for 15 Years is supported by the S. H. Ho Foundation Limited, the C. K. & Kay Ho Foundation, and The Hong Kong Arts Development Council. The programme is part of the ADC 20th Anniversary Celebration Series. Special thanks to Hani Charaf, Kemistry Design; and Spring Workshop.