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Reflecting on the boat refugee crisis in the Mediterranean Sea, Vietnamese- American artist Dinh Q Le took four news images, stretched each image across a 150-foot photograph paper and hung them in a way that resembles cascading waters. The beguiling beauty of the installation perversely critiques our own inaction to the crisis. Le himself was a refugee in 1978, escaping Vietnam by boat.

Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang has created one of the most breathtaking artworks at ABHK - a massive ink painting on several interconnecting panels.

The renowned Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami made his name with his existential films. But few know of his photographs which include these melancholy shots of winter, now on display at ABHK's new sector Kabinett.

Chinese artist Hu Qingyan created this large sculpture by connecting iron pipes of various sizes. He titled it Go In One Ear And Out The Other, which may be read as a comment on bureaucracy or human foibles. Visitor are encouraged to shout into the different ends of the pipe.

Tibetan artist Gonkar Gyatso makes his debut at ABHK with a fun installation featuring life-size images of his family members dressed in traditional or contemporary clothes. It is an attempt to dissect the changing identity of Tibetans as the once-remote region increasingly becomes part of the globalising world.

An unusually effective work, Marina Abramovich's Ladder appears like a typical ladder, except that the rungs are made of knives, with their sharp edges turned upwards - a comment on the cost of ambition.

Stunners and shockers

As always, Art Basel Hong Kong (ABHK) offers a wealth of strong art. Here are some of our favourite works.
Mar 24, 2017 5:50 AM

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