From 10 to 19 April, the photographic works of this year’s WYNG Masters Award finalists can be viewed by the public at the Exhibition Gallery of the Hong Kong Central Library. The artists will bring their interpretation of IDENTITY to life through images. The winner of this year’s WYNG Masters Award and WMA Commission were announced on April 9th, one day before the finalist exhibition is opened to the public.
The WYNG Masters Award Exhibition kicked off with the Dr. York Chow as Guest of Honor stating that “A civic and progressive society is one that would care for everyone, including those who are unfortunate, disadvantaged, and lack of opportunities. Hong Kong has the wealth, the infrastructure and the culture to be a great society because of our history, our heritage, our tradition and our culture. Let us put them into good use, for today and for our future generation.”
WYNG Masters Award winner and finalists
A panel of renowned industry leaders in photography, art, publishing, and non-profit including Zoher Abdoolcarim, MaryAnn Camilleri, Abby Chen, Louise Clements, Frank Kalero, Leung Po Shan Anthony and Margaret Ng, picked out this year’s winning works. The WYNG Masters Award winner is Siu Wai Hang (InsideOutland). According to Zoher Abdoolcarim, “All the six finalists are strong on the power of their photography and on the diversity of identity. But the winner had the edge on several fronts. The work is multi-layered with a clear connective tissue. It seamlessly fuses the past with the present to tell a moving story. It addresses, with subtlety and nuance, what is now a compelling, and compulsive, issue for Hong Kong: its place—and identity—within China. At some level or other, all of us can empathize with it.”
The other five finalists whose works are also exhibited include:
• Johnny Gin – The Architecture of Insurgency
• Remmus Ha – 7 “I”s
• Leung Chi Wo + Sara Wong – He was lost yesterday and we found him today
• Dinu Li – The Mother of All Journeys
• Emmanuel Serna – No Life
Bio Of Winning Photographer:
WYNG Masters Award Winner – Siu Wai Hang
Siu Wai Hang graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Creative Media from The School of Creative Media, The City University of Hong Kong. He went on to obtain his Master of Fine Art from the Department of Fine Arts, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. He won the WYNG Masters Award In 2014 and was awarded ifva Emerging Talent Award in 2016.
Siu presented two solo exhibitions since 2010, “The Elusive” (Lumenvisum, 2015) and “Metropolis Chlorophyll” (K11, 2010). He has also joined a number group exhibitions, including ” The 21st ifva Awards” (Hong Kong Arts Centre, 2016), “780S” (Blindspot Gallery, 2014) , “WYNG Masters Award Finalists’ Exhibition – GASP” (Hong Kong Polytechnic University, 2014), “Pingyao International Photography Festival 2013” (Pingyao, 2013), “Hong Kong Contemporary Art Awards 2012” (Hong Kong Museum of Art, 2013), “Hong Kong EYE” (Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong, 2013), “Image on the Run” (City University of Hong Kong, 2013) and “Dine at Lower Ngau Tau Kok Estate” (2009).
His works are collected by The Legislative Council of Hong Kong, The Peninsula Hotel Hong Kong and various private collections. Currently lives and works in Hong Kong and teaches at various art institutes and universities.
WYNG Masters Award Finalist Exhibition
Dates:10 April 2016 – 19 April 2016
Venue:Exhibition Gallery, Hong Kong Central Library, Causeway Bay, HK
Opening Hours:10:00 – 20:00