GA TALK 030 “The hardest thing I’ve ever done is keep things simple” by Lee Kit（Artist）
GLOBAL ART TALK 030 “The hardest thing I’ve ever done is keep things simple” by Lee Kit（Artist）
About the Talk
Lee Kit will talk about his works and what he is thinking now.
Interviewer: Koichiro Osaka (Adjunct Associate Professor at Kyoto University of the Arts Graduate School / Director of Asakusa Art Space)
Time/Date:2021.11.9 TUE 18:30→20:00
Admission:Free (Booking required)
*We will hold the Global Art Talk online this time to take preventive measures against the proliferation of COVID-19. Please kindly understand that we still have possibility to cancel this event depending on the circumstances.
*English>Japanese consecutive translation available.
Organized by:Kyoto University of the Arts, Graduate School of Art and Design Studies/HAPS
About the speaker
LEE Kit （Artist）
Lee Kit, born in 1978 in Hong Kong, lives and works in Taiwan. He graduated from the Fine Arts Department of The Chinese University of HK and obtained his bachelor degree of art.
Solo exhibitions include Lovers on the beach, West Den Haag, The Netherland (2021), Resonance of a sad smile, Art Sonje Centre, Seoul, Korea (2019), ‘We used to be more sensitive.’, Hara Museum, Tokyo, Japan (2018), I didn’t know that I was dead, OCAT, Shenzhen, China (2018), A small sound in your head, S.M.A.K., Ghent, Belgium (2016), Hold your breath, dance slowly, The Walker Art Centre, Minneapolis, USA (2016), The voice behind me, Shiseido Gallery, Tokyo (2015), ‘You (you).’, The 55th Venice Biennale, Italy (2013), etc.
In 2015, in collaboration with Chantal Wong, has founded non-profit art space Things That Can Happen in Sham Sui Po, Hong Kong.
GLOBAL ART TALK by KUA x HAPS
Connecting Kyoto and the World through Contemporary Art
The environment surrounding contemporary art has become vastly more complex over the past few decades. Faced with this situation, it is no easy task for artists to find a way to be active at a global level. Naturally, it is virtually impossible to get a firm grasp on the art scenes that are being produced concurrently all over the world. In particular, in neighboring Asian countries that are seeing rapid economic growth and modernization, there are more opportunities than ever before to show one’s work, taking into account the new art museums and art fairs that are being established, and the flourishing numbers of international exhibitions. Although global attention focused on this region has increased, the situation is quite different in Japan, where there is a general sense that the work of developing art-related institutions has been finished. However, it is precisely this state of affairs that has led to a renewed questioning of how global networks are constructed, a reconsideration of how institutionalization works, and the role of artists in society.
In Kyoto, art schools produce a large number of new artists each year. But what kinds of connections might one discover today between this center of traditional Japanese culture and the world of contemporary art that has grown ever more complex in this way? “Global Art Talk,” presented by HAPS and Kyoto University of the Arts, is a program where internationally active artists, curators, collectors, researchers, and gallerists, among others, are invited, and, through a series of dialogues, strives to provide a global perspective as well as deepen understanding.
The “GLOBAL ART TALK” is part of the Curatorial Research Program of the HAPS, which seeks to provide support to young emerging artists.
The Kyoto University of the Arts is dedicated to establishing an institution that will foster artists from Kyoto who aim to work in the contemporary art world at a global level.