Established in 2013, the Hong Kong Human Rights Arts Prize aims to harness the power of the visual arts to promote awareness, provoke dialogue, inspire action and bring about change in the area of human rights.
This year’s shortlist features works in a variety of media from both Hong Kong-born artists and those originating from countries as diverse as Belgium, Spain, Canada and Mainland China. All entrants are currently based in Hong Kong.
Themes running through the works include last year’s Occupy protests and Umbrella Movement, homelessness, the plight of refugees, forced labour, ethnic minorities and LGBT rights.
Nineteen artworks from over 100 entries have been shortlisted for the prize by a panel of prominent art experts and human rights specialists, including: Faina Derman, director of Sundaram Tagore Gallery in Hong Kong; Oscar Ho, art activist and professor at the Chinese University; Mina Park, art collector and lawyer-turned-entrepreneur; and Puja Kapai, human rights expert and law professor at the University of Hong Kong.
The entries may be viewed between Friday December 4 and Thursday December 10 at The Fringe Club, 2 Lower Albert Road, Central. The exhibition opens at 4pm on Dec 4 and is open 10am-10pm all other days (closed Sunday). The announcement of the winners and a charity auction will be held on International Human Rights Day (December 10).