Exhibition Period: 5 -15 March 2019, 10:00 – 20:00

Opening reception: 5 March , 18:30 – 20:30

Venue: AVA 121, 51 Kwun Tong Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong

Since 2007 the Academy of Visual Arts collaborates with Nagoya Zokei University, a leading private Japanese tertiary arts & design university,  in an intensive programme of institutional exchanges and mutual visits. Chief among these opportunities is the NZU’s annual Transit project: a group of approx. 15 students from NZU will visit one of their international partner schools to develop an exhibition of student works, hold a workshop and engage the local student population in a variety of activities. About half a year later, a similar student group from the partner university will pay a return visit to Nagoya and present a response exhibition.

After 2008 and 2013, 2019 sees the third Transit instalment between Hong Kong and Nagoya, this time under the theme of Wabi-Sabi Today. “Wabi” and “sabi” are two related aesthetic concepts deeply linked with the development of traditional Japanese art and culture. Closely associated with practices like the tea ceremony and inspired by Buddhism, the wabi-sabi aesthetic values the beauty of things that are simple, imperfect, aged and impermanent. Wabi-sabi is often thought of fundamentally Japanese outlook, but it is not clear what it means to younger Japanese.

In this show, students of Nagoya Zokei University present a vision of what wabi-sabi can signify to upcoming creators. From oil painting to product design, Wabi-Sabi Today hopes to provide a glimpse into the work of artists and designers looking for the Japanese aesthetic of tomorrow.