Hong Kong Human Rights Arts Prize 2020 has just announced this year winner goes to Hong Kong Symposium 2019 by Hong Kong artist Magus Yuen Kam Wa. The theme for the Yuen’s art is based on the 2019 civil unrest in the city against the anti-extradition law amendment bill. The winning piece by Yuen was selected from a shortlist of 33 works by an international judging panel. As the winner, Yuen walked away with the award and a cash prize of HKD35,000, Benson Koo was awarded the First Runner-up prize of HKD7,500 for his video work Dream Criminal and Mo Soeng by Chan Kiu Hong received the Second Runner-up Prize of HKD5,000.
For this year, there is additional two new categories which is the Justice Centre Award and the Student Award. The Portrait Project by Ben Kostrzewa secured the Justice Centre Award while Perpetual Climb by Cristiana Papadopolous won the Student Award title. The ‘45 Seconds for Human Rights’ Award will reward the winner with a one-week trip to Berlin to experience the arts and culture scene of the historic city once travel restrictions are lifted. The ‘45 Seconds for Human Rights’ Award was given to Man Chi Loy (Armechan) for his work Popo Dragon.
All shortlisted and winning artworks are now on view at the Goethe-Institut Hong Kong in an exhibition curated by Hong Kong artist and writer KY Wong. Audiences can join a virtual walkthrough of the exhibition on the Justice Centre Hong Kong Facebook Page. All works will be
available to purchase via online auction through 6 June 2020, from which all proceeds will go towards the prizes for the winning artists and to support the important non-profit work of Justice Centre Hong Kong. For more information on the auction, visit https://www.hkhumanrightsartsprize.org/.
Image Credit: All images courtesy of BOK Photography