Connectivities: Living beyond the boundaries - Macao and the Greater Bay Area
Promoter: The Macao Museum of Art | mam.gov.mo
Participating exhibitors: Chan Ka Tat, Che Chi Hong, Ho Ting Fong, Lao Man Si
Curator: Carlos Marreiros
Commissioner: Paolo De Grandis
Coordinator in Venice: Carlotta Scarpa
Venue: Arsenale, Campo della Tana, Castello 2126/A, Venice, Italy
Opening period: 22nd May - 21st November 2021
The small city of Macao in immense China, even today, shows traces of the fusion of cultures in terms of architectural-urban level, peoples, ways of life, folklores, religions, gastronomies, literatures, etc.
Currently, Macao faces several challenges, including its integration into the Greater Bay Area of Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao (GBA).
It is, therefore, in the connectivities among the domains mentioned above, at various levels, in space and time – where architecture and urbanism are a pretext to reflect on the community and the individual’s life, its collective memories, future demographics, shared spaces and architectural archetypes but, most importantly, what we want for our daily lives.
Chan Ka Tat and Che Chi Hong explore the idea of connectivity that has developed ways of re-adapting architectures of various origins within the traditional architecture of southern China, practiced in this region and in Macao since ancient times to the present day, through old archetypes to be re-interpreted into a contemporary manner. Difficult quest!
Ho Ting Fong suggests a comprehensive tour around the urban development of Macao, He believes that with the concentration, requalification and development of urban construction in the northern zone of the Peninsula of Macao, in conjunction with all the main infrastructures, local and regional, integrated in the strategy of the Greater Bay Area of Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao, built and currently under construction, will free and preserve the old city’s urban fabric and its historic centre.
Lao Man Si proposes fragments of collective memories that are expressed in strips of floating cloth. The breeze draws gestures in the air with those strips of cloth that connect us to urban experiences, livings, heritage and landscapes.
Connectivities take a hold of us, goes into the future so that at a glance they can return to the past and persist in the present, in the form of architecture, urbanism, exchanges of sensitivities and individual and shared experiences. Will we live together? Certainly.