Samson Young: Songs for Disaster Relief
The 57th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia

As part of the 57th International Art Exhibition at the Venice Biennale 2017, M+ and the Hong Kong Arts Development Council present the collateral event, Samson Young: Songs for Disaster Relief. The M+ curatorial team consists of Guest Curator, Ying Kwok, with M+ Deputy Director and Chief Curator Doryun Chong as Consulting Curator.

Conceived by local artist Samson Young specifically for the exhibition, Songs for Disaster Relief is a new body of work that consists of a series of drawings, objects, videos, spatial sound installations and site-specific pieces. Together the series constitutes a unique audio-visual experience, taking visitors on a journey that attempts to reexamine the popularity of ‘charity singles’ from the 1980s. Through a deliberate repurposing and creative misreading of iconic songs made by popular artists for charitable causes, the work draws on several seemingly unrelated past and current events to explore the social, political, and philosophical implications of ‘charity singles’ in a cross-cultural context.

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Exhibition period:
13 May – 26 November 2017

Opening hours:
10:00am – 6:00pm
Closed on Mondays (except 15 May, 14 August, 4 September, 30 October, and 20 November 2017)

Campo della Tana, Castello 2126-30122, Venice, Italy
(Opposite the main entrance of Arsenale)

Free admission

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Co-presented by:

Hong Kong Arts Development Council

Venice Biennale
Venice Biennale is the world’s oldest and most prestigious international art exhibition held every two years. This year marks the 57th exhibition with 51 participating countries. The Biennale is unique in including individual national representations, and an international art exhibition, this year curated by Christine Macel under the theme of ‘VIVA ARTE VIVA’. It also comprises a wide range of collateral events that take place across Venice, and acknowledge the growing complexity and changing geopolitical landscape of today’s world.

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