Para Site appoints new Executive Director

The First Art Newspaper on the Net    Established in 1996 Monday, June 24, 2024

Para Site appoints new Executive Director
Billy Tang. Photo: Shuwei Liu.

HONG KONG.- Para Site, Hong Kong’s leading contemporary art centre and one of the oldest and most active independent art institutions in Asia, is thrilled to announce Billy Tang as its new executive director and curator. Tang will assume the role in May 2022, succeeding Cosmin Costinas, executive director and curator since 2011, who will depart to join a German institution, after also serving as the artistic director of Kathmandu Triennale 2022 and co-curator of the Romanian Pavilion at the 2022 Venice Biennale.

During his eleven-year tenure, Costinas oversaw profound institutional transformations, with Para Site becoming a leading platform in Asia for curatorial experimentation, critical discourse, publications, and institutional responsibility. Under his directorship, Para Site has gone through a major relocation and expansion, established new initiatives—among which the programmes for emerging art workers have engaged a generation of curators in Asia and beyond, and put forward an acclaimed exhibitions programme, built on a vision of a decentralised global geography of art, with over a dozen Para Site exhibitions traveling to museums and institutions on five continents, including Koloa: Women, Art, and Technology (toured to Nuku’alofa, Tonga and Artspace Aotearoa, Auckland); An Opera for Animals (toured to Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai); A beast, a god, and a line (toured to Dhaka Art Summit; Myanm/art and The Secretariat, Yangon; Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw; Kunsthall Trondheim; and MAIIAM, Chiang Mai); Afterwork (toured to ILHAM, Kuala Lumpur); Great Crescent: Art and Agitation in the 1960s—Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan (toured to the Mori Art Museum, Tokyo and MUAC, Mexico City); Taiping Tianguo, A History of Possible Encounters (toured to SALT, Istanbul; NUS Museum, Singapore; and e-flux, New York); and A Journal of the Plague Year (toured to The Cube, Taipei; Arko Art Center, Seoul; and Kadist Art Foundation and The Lab, San Francisco, and listed by ARTnews as one of the 25 most important art exhibitions of the 2010s).

Tang is a curator and writer coming to Para Site from Rockbund Art Museum in Shanghai, where he served as senior curator. From 2013 to 2018 he was the curatorial director at the artist-run Magician Space in Beijing. He brings to Para Site extensive experience in commissioning ambitious projects with emerging and mid-career artists based in Asia. His curatorial initiatives and cross-institutional collaborations have helped to explore new parameters for artist-led experiments with an attention to the infrastructural blind spots in the region. His exhibition credits include John Armleder: Again, Just Again (2021); Curtain (2021); Tan Jing: Trancing Lap Hung (2020); Hugo Boss Asia Art Award (2019); and An Opera for Animals (2019). His art writing has appeared in such periodicals as ArtAsiaPacific, Leap, Terremoto, and Mousse. He has also given talks and workshops at universities and art academies in China, Europe, and the U.S.

Alan Lau, Chair of Para Site Board, remarks, “After a decade of leadership at Para Site, Cosmin has accepted a new position and will be ending his tenure in mid-2022. Under his directorship, Para Site became known for its formidable programming that reached audience in Hong Kong and beyond. We are grateful for his contribution towards the institution’s extraordinary transformation and wish him success in his new role.”

“After an invitation-based international selection process, the Board is delighted to appoint Billy as the new executive director and curator,’ Lau continues. “We are inspired by his vision for Para Site’s next chapter and look forward to working with him to reimagine the institution’s connection to the city and its constituents, rooted from Para Site’s origin as an artist-led organisation.”

“Serving at Para Site has been the greatest honour,” says Costinas. “I will remain grateful to have been a witness to this incredible past decade in Hong Kong’s history, with its debates, cultural developments, and international exchanges. I am humbled by the trust and generosity of hundreds of artists, colleagues, and partners, in Hong Kong, the region, and beyond, a community that dared to imagine different paths for art, its institutions, and for broader solidarity. I am thrilled by the appointment of Billy and have full confidence that together with the team, they will achieve the most ambitious plans and rise to and above the challenges of the years ahead.”

In terms of his vision for the institution that celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2021, Tang shares, “I look forward to working with the team to build upon the achievements, growth, and development in the last decades. Throughout its history, Para Site has always maintained its mutability in tandem with changing times. This reflexive agility and its multi-level visibility—local, regional, and international—has made it a vital and unique institution. In the late 1970s, my parents arrived in Hong Kong as refugees from Vietnam in hopes of a better future. This diasporic journey intersecting with Hong Kong’s history has always given me a strong sense of solidarity with the city and its culture. I am therefore very honoured to have this opportunity to guide the next phase of Para Site’s evolution and continue its role reflecting on today’s pressing issues. I will start by focusing my energy on reimagining the institution’s ability to find common grounds between contemporary art and current philosophies, to forge a path between Hong Kong and the rest of the world, and to support and connect diverse practitioners through their ideas.”

Today's News

February 28, 2022

Ukraine War Bares U.S. Army Delay in Creating New 'Monuments Officers'

Matthias Bitzer's first exhibition in China opens at Almine Rech Shanghai

Michael Stipe, another outsider at the art fair

Royal Academy of Arts brings together nearly all of James Abbott McNeill Whistler's depictions of Joanna Hiffernan

The Mediterranean will be at the heart of ARCOmadrid 2023

Ticket from Jackie Robinson's pro debut, jersey from Mickey Mantle's final game set records at Heritage Auctions

Nathalie Herschdorferne appointed director of Photo Elysée, Musée Cantonal pour la Photographie

signs and symbols opens an exhibition of works by Carol Szymanski

On March 12, The Armond Conti Collection of Model Trains, Part 1, goes up for bid

Slow Burn: Exhibition at The Phillips Museum of Art explores East Asian gardens and transformation

Lenbachhaus extends "Group Dynamics: Collectives of the Modernist Period" until June 12

Family Reunion: Portraits by Timothy J. Clark now on view at Chadwick A. Boseman College of Fine Arts Gallery

Museum der Moderne Salzburg opens an exhibition of photographs by Marion Kalter

Michelle Poonawalla displays her tiger sculpture at Supertree Grove, Gardens by the Bay

Urban infrastructure, security, retail, and gentrification feaatured in new exhibition at Abrons Art Center

Discovery of silver stashed away since the 1920s

Alexei Ratmansky, with family in Kyiv, leaves his ballet in Moscow

FRAMED 2022: A new outdoor gallery for Battersea

Younès Rahmoun's fourth solo exhibition at Imane Farès opens in Paris

Photo London lines up a strong seventh edition: Nick Knight announced as this year's Master of Photography

Para Site appoints new Executive Director

Exhibition marks New York debut of large-scale immersive work by Kim Faler

The writer who brought real-life Brooklyn to soap operas

Heidi Hahn presents a new body of work at Kohn Gallery

Three best sites to buy YouTube views, likes and subscribers for promoting your YouTube Channel

Your manual for Exeter Holiday Rentals

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
(1941 - 2019)
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez
Writer: Ofelia Zurbia Betancourt

Truck Accident Attorneys
Accident Attorneys

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. Hommage
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site Parroquia Natividad del Señor
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful