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Haze — Hong Kong’s Water Revolution in Contemporary Art and Culture
April 3 – May 30, 2021
→ Hessel Museum of Art, CCS Bard Galleries
Curated by
  • Yihsuan Chiu
Part of
Exhibition Category
Thesis Exhibitions, Student Curated Projects

Haze is a single-issue online publication that looks into the representation of Hong Kong’s Water Revolution since 2019 in contemporary art and culture. With a focus on the methods and ethics of representation, the publication invites activists, artists, curators, and researchers to share their experiences and reflections on their role as protesters and, through their creative practices, to expand the meanings of resistance. Four newly commissioned essays and two interviews touch on topics such as freedom of speech, diasporic identities, digital presence, translation, and Hong Kong’s local ideological transition in the past decade. Today, Hong Kongers continue to demonstrate their Be Water philosophy with resilience and tactical creativity even when confronted by Beijing’s hardening control over the city’s freedom of speech and autonomy. These critical reflections stand as evidence of the contributors’ unyielding and brave negotiations with censorship and exile, which are rapidly reshaping the landscape of art and culture in Hong Kong and across its diaspora.

In addition to support provided by CCS Bard, Haze was made possible by the generous support of Center for Human Rights and the Arts, Open Society University Network.

To access the online publication, visit

Joel Kwong
Michelle S.
Ting-Chun W.
Winnie Yoe
Lausan Collective 流傘
Hong Kong Outlanders 香港邊城青年
Hong Kong Reader Bookstore 序言書室
due to censorship and security concerns, some contributors’ names have been redacted