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Oxfam's "Poverty.Full-time", Fiona Wong x Law Uk, Konstantin Grcic & Borromeo String Quartet

2017-01-25

Oxfam's "Poverty.Full-time", Fiona Wong x Law Uk, Konstantin Grcic & Borromeo String Quartet

2017-01-25
According even to government figures, at least 1.34 million people in Hong Kong are living in poverty. Social workers and community organisations say that number is an understatement. Many of those poor are retired, but even among those still working, salaries are often too low. After a long tug of war between unions and employers, the government has agreed to raise the hourly minimum wage by just $2 to $34.50 with effect from 1st May, subject to Legco’s approval. As a recent exhibition organised by Oxfam points out, even having a job doesn’t guarantee you can afford to live comfortably in this expensive city.

Last week, we took a look at an art project organised by the Arts Promotion Office, “Hi! Houses”, and at artist Lam Tung-pang’s encounter with Wong Uk Village. Today we’re bringing you another pairing from the same project: ceramic artist Fiona Wong and the Law Uk Folk Museum in Chai Wan.

The Wall Street Journal described German-born designer Konstantin Grcic as the “quiet superstar of industrial style”. The airy and three-dimensional looking Chair 1 and Stool 1 are among his most recognised works. At the Hong Kong Design Institute until 2 April you can see Grcic’s first large solo exhibition in Asia. It includes over 200 exhibits, including products, prototypes, drawings, and everyday items, as well as three large-scale installations representing his personal ideas for life in the future.

Now celebrating its 25th anniversary, the Borromeo String Quartet has been in residence at the New England Conservatory in the United States since 1992. The ensemble, which performs works by 20th and 21st century composers, is known for pioneering the use of certain technology in its performance sand educational programmes. They’re here with Ben Pelletier.

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