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Exhibition Review

HONG KONG/ NEW ZEALAND

Transfusion/Fusion

Wystan Curnow


CHAN YUK KEUNG, Bubble News, 1996, mixed media installation.

The significance of cultural exchange emerges as a pattern of translations, a map of 'misreadings'. The contribution that this Hong Kong-New Zealand artists' exchange, 'Transfusion/Fusion', will make to such a map can only be guessed, since precious little dialogue between New Zealand and the diverse centres of contemporary art in Asia precedes it, and because it catches Hong Kong art at such a peculiarly penultimate historical moment.

The strength of 'Transfusion/Fusion' lay first of all with…

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