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artist statement







photo by Clement Ledermann


Movana Chen is a Hong Kong-based artist who studied fashion design at the London College of Fashion and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University in Hong Kong.

Movana started her knitting projects in 2004 by making "magazine clothes", a genre that involves playing with deconstructing and reconstructing of meanings and content by knitting shredded book papers. Her work is a multi-disciplinary fusion of media, fashion, performance, installation and sculpture which has been presented at different exhibitions, art festivals and events globally, including those in Hong Kong, London, Paris, Seoul, Beijing, Shanghai, Sicily, Melbourne, Istanbul and Rotterdam. She was invited to represent Hong Kong at the Seoul Fringe Festival in 2007.

Renowned fashion house Shanghai Tang and the international art journal Art Asia Pacific commissioned Movana to create the "Body Container" for ARTHK08 which became her long term art project. Her recent solo projects including a large-scale 20,000 square feet installation "KNITerature" at ArisTree (Hong Kong, 2013), "Travelling into your bookshelf-Paris" at Chinart LaGalerie (Paris, 2011), "Travelling into my bookshelf" at Shin Hwa Gallery (Hong Kong, 2009) and "Two-way communication Beijing" at Pekin Fine Arts (Beijing, 2008). Among these years, she has taken part in various group exhibitions such as at Espace Louis Vuitton (Venice, 2015), Frankston Arts Centre (Melbourne, 2015), Museum Boimans Van Beuningen (Rotterdam, the Netherlands, 2014), CODA Museum (Apeldoorn, the Netherlands, 2013), MoA Museum of Art Seoul National University (Korea, 2012), Espace Louis Vuitton (Hong Kong and Singapore, 2012), Gyeonggi MoMA (Korea, 2009) and MoCA Shanghai Museum (Shanghai, 2008).

Movana was one of the 30 finalists of the 2011 and 2012 Sovereign Asian Art Prize. Her art works have been collected by the Hong Kong Heritage Museum, Louis Vuitton, Cathay Pacific and private collectors from Hong Kong, China and France. .