All eyes are on art this month in Hong Kong, an exciting time to be in the city for anyone with a penchant and appreciation for the creative and thought-provoking. The art and social calendar is packed to such a dizzying effect that it’s easy to forget that it was barely five years ago Hong Kong was barely a blip on the international art world’s radar.
As an appetite for diverse art grew through commercial and private art collections, so did the amount of research and education work needed to be done to allow a healthy art ecosystem to develop. One very individual who saw through the rapid growth of the city to become the art capital it is today, was Chantal Wong, one of a handful of young driving forces in Hong Kong’s art scene.
Wong started off her career in art by working in development and communications at Asia Art Archive, the first of its kind in Hong Kong which sought to document and make knowledge about recent Asian art available to all. Wong left to pursue a master’s degree in London, but then returned to AAA to become, currently, the head of strategic development, where she enjoys work fueling idea exchange through the fast-paced realm of growing contemporary Asian art. In 2015, she also started her own artist-run space, Things That Can Happen, together with Hong Kong artist Lee Kit.
We spoke to Wong about her proudest accomplishments, what the Hong Kong art scene is still hungry for, and how she handles the busiest week in the year for art. Scroll down to read our full interview, and don’t forget to also head here for a closer look at our photoshoot, taken at some of Wong’s favourite artistic hubs in the city.
This story is supported by Céline. Styling by Cindie Chan. Photography by Visala Wong. Make up and hair by Rainbow @ Annie G. Makeup.