RTHK' s The Works focuses on Hong Kong's arts and cultural scene. The Works features news and reviews of visual and performing arts, design, literary and other “ works ” .
Augustine Mok Chiu-yu has been known for his social activism, and later his theatre work, since the late 1960s. In the 1970s he co-founded the influential anti-establishment “70s Biweekly” magazine. He’s long been involved in performance arts and even film, often creating works that focus on current political and social issues.
More recently, he has also been focusing on creativity with people with disabilities.
The 77-year old photographer Nobuyoshi Araki is one of Japan’s most influential and prolific artists. He has published over 350 books and thousands of pictures, many of which are highly sexual images of women. Many consider his photographs as erotic and even pornographic, even though earlier in his career, documenting his life with his wife, he took a much milder approach. Last month, Over the Influence gallery featured an exhibition curated by Hisako Motoo that featured over 70 photographs including 20 Polaroids and more than 50 works from Araki’s ‘Last by Leica’ series which he began in 2012.
Locally born pianist Rachel Cheung may be just 25, but she has already made a name for herself and won many awards. Most recently she was a finalist and winner of the Audience Prize at the 2017 Van Cliburn Piano Competition. Like many classical musicians, she began young, starting to learn the piano at the age of four with the help of her piano teacher father. Graduating from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, with a First Class Honours in Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance, she went on to study with Professor Peter Frankl at the Yale School of Music on full scholarships from Yale and the Hong Kong Jockey Club Music and Dance Fund Scholarship.
She’s in our studio talking to Ben Pelletier.