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The Covid-19 pandemic has affected most areas of our lives for the worse, including education. Teachers have had to do their best to adapt teaching materials for online learning. Some students are finding it hard to concentrate at home or learn in online classes. The enforced separation has had more effect in some areas than others, particularly in those that involve manual skills or communal activity: for example, performing in an orchestral or chamber music setting, or on stage.
And then there are other forms of art such as sculpture and ceramics.
News about Covid-19 and its effects on us and our societies is ever-present. It’s not surprising then that the arts are also reflecting on it. At the Blindspot Gallery, Beijing-based artist Jiang Zhi’s latest exhibition is inspired by the pandemic and by recent social upheavals. The exhibition “Can I Become Better?” includes a new series of figurative works that he says are also a personal response to the question “Can the world become better?”
Pianist Jacqueline Leung is known for her classical repertoire, but she’s also passionate about bridging the gap between the classical repertoire and other musical forms. In 2017, she released her debut album “In Sunshine or in Shadow”. She’s here right now to introduce her newest album of music, this one inspired by a golden era of New York.
The government’s Art Promotion Office frequently creates projects designed to connect art with the public. Their venues in Oil Street, North Point and the Hong Kong Visual Arts Centre on Kennedy Road focus on the community and provide art training programmes. Their latest public art project, along the Tuen Mun river, highlights the neighbourhood’s history and its public space.
For visual artists like Monet, Van Gogh, Rembrandt, Caravaggio, Vermeer and many more, the quality of light is central to their work. Some travelled great distances to find that perfect light. And light is also the subject that artist Bouie Choi is exploring in her third solo exhibition at Grotto Fine Arts, a continuation of her interest in urban landscape: “borrowed space, borrowed time”. The phrase has often been used to describe Hong Kong’s pre-Handover reality, including by writers on the territory such as Richard Hughes and Christopher Dewolf. Choi though, sees it differently. For her, rather than being a place of transience, Hong Kong is a “precious” place, and a permanent home.
Hong Kong-born vocalist Denquar Chupak’s father is British and her mother, Thai. She says she sees this mix of cultures, combined with her father’s vocation as a musician, as a huge part of her identity. She first came on our show in 2017 to take part in our Christmas Special. Right now, she has returned to Hong Kong from London, the place she now calls home, and is here to tell us about how the pandemic has affected her musically.