Hong Kong 30 Under 30 2015
Co-founder, Things That Can Happen; head of strategy and special projects, Asia Art Archive
Chantal Wong worked in development and communications at the Asia Art Archive between 2006 and 2009 before pursuing a master’s degree in cultural studies in London. Three years later, she returned to the AAA as head of strategy and special projects.
If you’re afraid of it, it’s probably good for you to do it.
This year, she founded Things That Can Happen with artist Lee Kit. Housed on the first floor of a walk-up in Sham Shui Po, the art space aims to provide a platform in response to the commercialization of visual arts in Hong Kong.
“Our projects and engagements with artists encourage them to create, research and experiment without feeling the pressures of needing to sell or succeed,” says Wong, adding that the space is also a response to the political climate in the city. “We hope debates reflecting on recent political events and tensions can happen.”
All the way, she continues to work with AAA. “I feel like people expect me to say that I am sleep deprived, but honestly, I’ve found the process really fun!”
Her first job? She actually started off in development and communications at the Asia Art Archive.
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