Talk by 2015 AAA Educator-in-Residence Ricky Yeung Sau Churk.

How do artists deal with censorship and oppressive governments? Yeung's research at AAA examines how practitioners from across Asia respond to these pressing contemporary issues. The report Art Under Threat in 2016, released by Freemuse, documents an increasing rate of attacks upon artistic freedom across seventy-eight countries. Using the report as a jumping-off point, Yeung spotlights the strategies employed by Moscow-based feminist protest punk band Pussy Riot—as well as the artists, writers, and activists who contributed to the book Syria Speaks: Art and Culture from the Frontline—to look at how artists resist repressive regimes through their art making.

The talk, a part of the Teaching Labs: Contemporary Context series, includes a summary outline and an extended reading list.

Venue: A Space, Asia Art Archive, 10/F Hollywood Centre, 233 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan

To request written proof of the programme for approval from your school, please contact us via learn@aaa.org.hk or +852 2844 1112 (ext. 121). A certificate will also be given upon request pending full attendance of the talk.

Ricky Yeung Sau Churk is an artist and art educator who conducts community arts projects for diverse audiences to cultivate an appreciation for the city of Hong Kong. Yeung's works have been shown at the City University of Hong Kong, Fringe Club, Hong Kong Arts Centre, Hong Kong Museum of Arts, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong Visual Arts Centre, Para Site, Sha Tin Town Hall, and The University of Hong Kong. He is the recipient of the 2007 Chief Executive's Award for Teaching Excellence (Arts Education).

Community engagement is central to Yeung's practice, which includes his role as Chair of Video Power (1999–2002), Committee Member of Curriculum Development (Visual Art) Education Bureau (2004–2013), Chair of Centre for Community Cultural Development (2010–present), and Committee Member of Society of Indigenous Learning (2013–present). Yeung has been an art education columnist with Sunday Mingpao since 2009.

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