“In 2084, Contradictoria has solved its pollution problem with Plan Polluta. Under this plan, air pollution is condensed into building bricks, which are used to build arcologies called “Polluta”, floating green vibrant colonies for artists! Artist can live, work and show for free, forever! It sounds too good to be true. It is.”
Following Hong-Kong artist Michelle Kuen Suet Fung’s popular exhibition “Polluta, Floating Artist Colony in the Sky” in summer 2018, Pro Arts is proud to launch her publication that not only documents her exhibition but expands the narrative.
The catalog features over one hundred pages of photographic reproduction and backstories of the Polluta, an in-depth artist interview and three scholarly essays to shed new light on her works, all specifically written for the book. The book also features many new images Fung created especially for the book, including a pull-out imaginary map, presenting all five imaginary countries in her grand narrative of the year 2084.
The event will kick off with a sharing session: What was the genesis of this catalog and how did the book evolve into its final form? How has the artist’s time in the Bay Area in the summer impacted her works? Has Polluta already evolved since the exhibition? Audiences will also have a glimpse of new works-in-progress for future Polluta exhibitions.
The highlight of the evening will be a short monologue performance by the artist, dressed up as a fictional character from the world of Polluta and letting the audiences in on Polluta’s secrets. This performance will be a trial run for a full-length performance Fung will perform at her next presentation of Polluta in Sydney, Australia in July 2019.
This event is organized by Pro Arts Gallery and is supported with generous funding by The Zellerbach Family Foundation, The Fleishhacker Foundation, Antalis UK, Hong Kong Arts Development Council, the Arts Development Fund of the Home Affairs Bureau, the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, and Green Production (Overseas) Group.