In an attempt to fill the gaps in the art history of Hong Kong during the 1940-1960s, in particular the leftist painters, Kwan Fong Cultural Research & Development Programme has organised a seminar on 19 June to discuss some of the leftist artists in Hong Kong and Taiwan. Dr Sophia Law of Lingnan’s Department of Visual Studies and Ms Leung Po-shan, PhD student of Religious and Cultural Studies at The Chinese University of Hong Kong and a graduate of Lingnan’s Master of Cultural Studies programme, were invited to present their research findings.
Citing Mr Ma Ka-po, a realist painter of Hong Kong of the 1950s as a case study, Dr Law examined the impact of leftist thinking on Hong Kong artists and the meaning of realism in the development of local art in the 1950s and 1960s. Ms Leung’s presentation opened with a prologue on an exhibition of Huang Xinbo’s works held at the Hong Kong Heritage Museum last year. She then outlined the interactions between left- and right-wing artists in Hong Kong and Taiwan by discussing the post-Second World War migration of left-wing artists from Shanghai to Hong Kong, who were soon marginalised by the Cold War ideology.
Many young artists attended the seminar and participated actively in the discussions. Prof Chen Kuan-Hsing of the Graduate Institute for Social Research & Cultural Studies, National Chiao Tung University, and Prof Pang Lai-kwan of Religious & Cultural Studies, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, also attended as respondents. Dr Cheng Wai-pang, part-time lecturer of Cultural Studies, served as the moderator.