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*UPDATE: We are very sorry to announce the postponement of this year’s Sydney Asian Art Series lecture with Yung Ma, due to current international travel disruptions. Thank you for your understanding and ongoing support of the series. We hope to announce a new date for Yung Ma’s lecture soon.•


Join us for the first Sydney Asian Art Series lecture of 2020 with Yung Ma, Director of this year’s Seoul Mediacity Biennale. In ‘Reimagining and Conserving the Disappearance of Hong Kong through Moving Image’, Yung Ma presents a reflection on the challenges of conserving the image(s) of Hong Kong through art. For more on the Series, click here


This presentation will begin as a reflection on the two-fold project ‘Mobile M+: Moving Images’, which took place in Hong Kong in 2015 across multiple sites. The project embraced Hong Kong cinema of the 1980s and 90s, particularly Clara Law’s Floating Life (1996), as a prelude to reimagining the migrant experience. With the inclusion of works by a number of pioneering Hong Kong artists such as Ellen Pau, Yung’s experience of organising this project, and by extension his time at M+, will also serve as departure points to consider the challenges of conserving the image(s) of Hong Kong.



Yung Ma is Artistic Director of Seoul Mediacity Biennale 2020. He is currently curator in the Contemporary and Prospective Creation Department at the Centre Pompidou, Paris, a post created in collaboration with K11 Art Foundation, from which he will step down at the end of February. Ma was formerly Associate Curator of Moving Image at M+, Hong Kong, and co-curator of the Hong Kong Pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 2009 and 2013. He holds an MA in Curating Contemporary Art from the Royal College of Art, London, and a BA from the University of Reading, UK. He has also taken part in a post-graduate degree in Film Direction from the Beijing Film Academy.



6-7:30pm, Tuesday 10 March

Law School Foyer

University of Sydney Law School

Camperdown NSW 2006

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Yung Ma will also present a ReCollections talk at the Art Gallery of NSW about Monira Al Qadiri’s immersive video installation Diver.

12pm, Thursday 12 March 2020

Further information here.



This series of talks and events is co-presented by the University of Sydney’s China Studies Centre, The Power Institute, and VisAsia, with support from the Art Gallery of New South Wales and Sydney Ideas. Originating in and celebrating the very latest and best scholarship in Asian art from around the world, this initiative complements the Art Gallery of New South Wales’ innovative exhibition program in Asian art, and the University of Sydney’s region-leading programs in the arts and cultures of Asia.

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