The gallery’s 11th edition of HKFOREWORD22 presents a selection of new art from recent Hong Kong university art graduates. The exhibition encourages fresh art graduates to pursue their careers as practising artists, and provides them with the opportunity to connect with both the local and international art community. The seventeen rising stars are recent Bachelor’s or Master’s degree graduates from The Chinese University of Hong Kong, City University-School of Creative Media, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology co-presented with the Hong Kong Art School, and The Academy of Visual Arts at the Hong Kong Baptist University. Artworks selected this year are in diverse mediums, which include paintings, sculpture, video, prints, new media and installations.
With a challenging 2nd year due to the pandemic, these art students have graduated with resilience in what has become a new norm, with the hardest few months just before they were to present their graduation projects. As a result, their works encapsulate their preoccupations, angst, ponderings, reflections, observations and memories during this period of uncertainty. What is so special about this exhibition is that it is the foreword of what comes next. And what does come next for this generation? Graduating from university and making their first steps on their journey in life continues with unpredictability.