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Spring Workshop
2014.03.25 Tue - 2014.05.15 Thu
Opening Exhibition
03/25/2014 11:00
3/F Remex Centre, 42 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Aberdeen, Hong Kong
+ 852 2110 4370
Opening Hours
Tuesday to Sunday 12noon-6pm (we are open on weekends during exhibitions)
Mimi Brown

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CHRISTODOULOS PANAYIOTOU: research residency and exhibition
[Press Release]

Spring Workshop is delighted to host artist Christodoulos Panayiotou for a two-month residency program (March 25–May 17). Hong Kong’s independent artist-in- residency space Spring, dedicated to an international cross- disciplinary arts program, will also present a series of events and activities as part of Panayiotou’s residency. A workshop with fellow- artist and occasional collaborator Philip Wiegard will feature alongside the program, and the results of both will be showcased in a unique exhibition coinciding with Art Basel Hong Kong (May 15-18).
During his residency, Panayiotou will embark on a project in the China’s Guangdong province, researching what has become home to the world’s largest concentration of artificial flower factories. Working beyond the realm of documentary photography to tell a story, Panayiotou is drawn by the need to visit these places to inform his work.

Wallpaper Workshop with children (April 12-23)
A workshop for children aged 10-15 years, led by fellow-artist and occasional Panayiotou-collaborator Philip Wiegard, is designed to create handmade wallpaper in a series of patterns developed by the artist from a historic artisanal technique that requires the small fingers of children. The production of handmade wallpaper refers to the history and economy of pre-industrial labor, and a time when children were used to produce goods such as silk flowers because of their delicate hands. Wiegard will introduce the wallpaper materials and technique to participants and choreograph a specific workflow that aims at the rationalized production of large quantities of wallpaper.

Exhibition (May 15 – July 13)
The research and workshop programmes culminate in an exhibition hosted at Spring, and will feature Panayiotou’s new works against the confrontational backdrop of Weigard’s wallpaper. Topics such as artisanship and mass production, pre-industrial and globalized production, representation, economy and the history of child labor, all of which are central to the exhibition, will also be explored through talks and discussions held at Spring. The exhibition will coincide with Art Basel in Hong Kong (May 15 – 18, 2014).
Christodoulos Panayiotou and Philip Wiegard are at Spring at the invitation of Mimi Brown, Spring’s Director and Defne Ayas, Spring’s Curator-at-Large. Parts of the resulting work will have a European premiere at the 8th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art (May 29 – August 3, 2014)

Born in Cyprus in 1978, Christodoulos Panayiotou lives and works between Limassol (Cyprus) and Paris (France). He has a diverse background in dance, performance and anthropology. His work has been widely exhibited around the world. His recent solo exhibitions include Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden (2013); Casino Luxembourg, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg (2013); CCA Kitakyushu, Kitakyushu, Japan (2013); Museum of Contemporary Art St. Louis, St. Louis, US (2012); Museum of Contemporary Art, Leipzig, Germany (2011); and Cubitt, London, UK(2010).

He has also participated in a number of group exhibitions, including: dOCUMENTA 13 Kassel, Germany (2012); Witte de With, Rotterdam, The Netherlands (2011); Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden (2010); Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, US (2010); and Ashkal Alwan Center for Contemporary Arts, Beirut, Lebanon (2010).

Born in Germany in 1977, Philip Wiegard currently lives and works in Berlin, Germany. He works in diverse media such as photography and sculpture. Wiegard has collaborated with many artists and art collectives, such as assume vivid astro focus (avaf), and basso Berlin, as well as with fashion design labels Meadham Kirchhoff and Bernhard Willhelm.
His recent exhibitions include Funeral Charade of Poses, Hebbel Theater (HAU1), Berlin, Germany; Turtle Salon, Galerie Arnaud Lefebvre, Paris, France; Rooms without Walls, Hayward Gallery, London, UK.

Spring Curator-at-Large, Defne Ayas spends most of her time in Rotterdam, the Netherlands where she is the Director and Curator of the Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art in Rotterdam. She was an art history professor at New York University in Shanghai (2006-2011) and co-founded (with Davide Quadrio) Arthub Asia in 2007, an Asia-wide active research and production initiative, (co- )curating and producing a number of projects including Double Infinity, together with Van Abbemuseum (2010), Final Cut with the Shanghai Cultural Development Foundation, RMB City opera by Cao Fei (2009), and The Making of the New Silk Roads symposium (2009). Ayas remains a Director of Arthub Asia. Since 2005, Ayas has been a Curator of PERFORMA, the biennial of visual art performance of New York City (founded by RoseLee Goldberg), and remains Curator-at-Large. In September 2012, Ayas co-curated the 11th Baltic Triennale (with Benjamin Cook, LUX, in collaboration with artists Ieva Misevičiūtė and Michael Portnoy), as well as the Istanbul and Bandung city pavilions as part of the Intercity Project of the 9th Shanghai Biennale.

Art Basel stages the world’s premier modern and contemporary art shows, held annually in Basel, Miami Beach, and Hong Kong. Founded by gallerists in 1970, Art Basel has been a driving force in supporting the role that galleries play in the nurturing of artists, and the development and promotion of visual arts. Art Basel in Hong Kong is held from May 15-18, 2014. More information at www.artbasel.com/hong-kong

Spring is a non-profit arts space committed to an international cross- disciplinary program of artist and curatorial residencies,
exhibitions, music, film and talks. Anchored in the Wong Chuk Hang industrial neighborhood of Hong Kong, it opened in its current layout in August 2012. Spring serves as a platform and laboratory for exchange between the vibrant artists and organizations of Hong Kong’s rich cultural landscape and their international counterparts who seek to engage in far-reaching dialogue.
Visit http://www.springworkshop.org for directions to Spring.

Spring is located in a converted book warehouse within the industrial neighbourhood of Wong Chuk Hang, 15 minutes from Causeway Bay and 20 minutes from Central.

Features include:
14,500 sq ft total space
1,200 sq ft main exhibition space 4 working studios
2 terraces
1 lounge area
2 kitchens, fully equipped

May 15 to July 13
12pm to 6pm (Tuesday to Sunday)
Art Basel period from May 15 to May 18 10am – 9pm