Revisiting Hong Kong after the debut of ‘Ubiquitous Trash – Hong Kong Edition’ in 2016, Mexican art research collective TRES, the grant recipient for the WMA Commission 2015 upon the theme of “Waste”, will present at the Global Research Forum on Sustainable Production and Consumption 2019 at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and hold a pop-up exhibition titled ‘Here, There and Everywhere’ at the WMA Space from 25- 30 June 2019.
Through the use of Art-Based research, TRES collect different marine debris during their field trips and unveil their imaginary and material life cycle through their work. Inspired by Actor-Network Theory, they weave a series of associations between objects, but also between other non-human agents, such as Bryozoa, tiny sea critters that dwell on plastic. Their current investigation examines the hybridization of plastic, and questions the ecology behind the plastic condemnation.
During this visit, TRES members Ilana Boltvinik and Rodrigo Vines will invite a group of members from the public to join them to revisit Lap Sap Wan, a site at which they have collected much materials for their Ubiquitous Trash – Hong Kong Collection four years ago.
‘It is not going to be a regular beach clean-up,’ explains TRES about the planned visit to Lap Sap Wan. ‘We will share with participants our practice and look together for a particular kind of trash and explore its lives and materiality. ” TRES will create artwork out of the “gems” found in this workshop which will be shown at the pop-up exhibition.
The pop-up exhibition – Here, There and Everywhere will showcase TRES’ photographic works from ‘Ubiquitous Trash – Hong Kong Edition’, their research drawings, new findings and creations through the beach visit in 2019.
Details of the exhibition
Opening Hours: 25- 30 June 2019, 12nn – 7pm, daily
Venue: WMA Space (8/F, Chun Wo Commercial Centre, 23-29 Wing Wo Street, Central)
TRES (Ilana Boltvinik + Rodrigo Viñas, Mexico City) is an art research collective with focus on exploring the implications of public space and garbage through artistic practices that concentrate on the methodological intertwining and dialogue with science, anthropology, and archaeology among other disciplines. They were are recipient of the WMA Commission grant in 2015 and were recently awarded the Robert Gardner Fellowship for Photography of the Peabody Museum at Harvard University. Their works have been presented at Abandon Normal Devices Festival 2015 (UK), Metropolis Biennale 2009 (Denmark), the public art section of the XV Festival of Mexico City FMCH (Mexico City), Amsterdam Global City #2: Mexico, WCA World Cinema (Netherlands), ViBGYOR International Film Festival (India), Festival Transitio MX_05 Bio mediations, and Cultural Center of Spain (Mexico City). Individually their works have been shown in over 20 screenings and art exhibitions in Latin America and Europe.