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May 16, 2007
STAR FAIRY in Venice

STAR FAIRY, a playful, critical and engaging project initiated by Norman Ford, will feature the works of three experienced international artists Amy Cheung, Map Office (Gutierrez + Portefaix) and Hiram To at the 52nd Venice Biennale in June this year.

This is the fourth time the Hong Kong Arts Development Council (ADC) will present the works of Hong Kong visual artists in an international arts arena, with an aim to enhance exchange and communication between Hong Kong and other countries in the world.

Under the curatorial direction of arts veteran Norman Ford, STAR FAIRYsets out to ask questions on how Hong Kong shows itself to the world. Amy Cheung's project "Devil's Advocate" consists of an elegant ferris wheel like structure with frozen figures. Map Office presents "Concrete Jungle / Parrot's Tale", an oyster shells built island with talking parrots peppering visitors with humorous, critical questions. Lastly, Hiram To's elaborate installation "I Love You More Than My Own Death" plays with a multi-layered references to present Hong Kong's fascinating relationship with fame.

The opening ceremony will be held at noon (local time) on 8 June. To mark this memorable occasion, Dr Patrick Ho, Secretary for Home Affairs and Mr Ma Fung-kwok, ADC's Chairman will officiate at the ceremony.

The ADC has been taken part in the Biennale in the name of Hong Kong, China since 2001. The total number of visitors of the past three exhibitions amounts to 100,000.

This year, the exhibition is situated at a prime location adjacent to the main exhibition area - Arsenale, Campo della Tana, Castello 2126 - 30122 Venezia. It opens daily from 10:00 to 18:00 (except Tuesdays), 10 June – 21 November.

The Venice Biennale, a world-renowned visual arts exhibition, was first held in 1895. This year, the exhibition attracts participants from 76 cities and countries including the Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau.

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