Established in 2013, the Hong Kong Human Rights Art Prize (HKHRAP) has played a pivotal role in discovering and encouraging Hong Kong artists to explore the state of human rights both at home and abroad. The 2020 HKHRAP will take place on 12 May 2020 (Tuesday) starting at 6:30pm and is supported by the Goethe-Institut Hongkong.
The prize open to all Hong Kong-based artists who submit artwork around the theme of human rights. We are very excited to announce a new student category for 2020 which is open to all Hong Kong-based secondary and high school students. Recurring themes in artworks exhibited and auctioned in previous years include the Occupy movement, the environment, homelessness, the plight of refugees, forced labour, ethnic minorities and LGBT rights. Entries are judged by an esteemed panel of experts from Hong Kong’s art and visual arts community, including Christy Chow, Jeremy Deller, Peter Augustus Owen, Katie Vajda, Chantal Wong and Kacey Wong.
The winner of the HKHRAP 2020 will receive one of Asia’s most prestigious art award packages. Two runners-up will also a generous prize package. We are excited to announce the first-ever Goethe Award, which for a short film or video that falls into the category of “45 Seconds for Human Rights.” New in 2020, we are please to have a separately judged student category for young artists to showcase their talents.
Each of the exhibited works will be available for purchase, with all proceeds supporting the important non-profit work of Justice Centre Hong Kong.
In addition to playing a longstanding role in unearthing artistic talent in the city, the HKHRAP has successfully engaged the civic imagination and established itself as an important cultural platform in Hong Kong. Since its launch, the HKHRAP has encouraged meaningful dialogue about the state of human rights both at home and abroad. Previous fringe events have included artist discussions and the 2017 Hong Kong premiere of Ai Wei Wei’s film, Human Flow.
Previous winners have included Elva Lai with her photography project entitled ‘Family Photo Album: Washing‘ conveyed Hong Kong’s shared history as refugees; Christy Chow with her installation ‘De-stitching’ part of a larger series looking at the value of labour in a capitalist society; Filipino photographer Xyza Cruz Bacani; Katie Vajda, for her series on domestic workers in Hong Kong and Ducky Chi Tak, with his piece, 3D Jobs, which deals with ethnic minority and labour rights.
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