Hugo Boss Asia Art is a bi-annual award for emerging Asian artists which aims to promote young emerging contemporary artists in Asia and to explore the future of art in Greater China and Southeast Asia. Since its launch in 2013, the prize has become a well-respected contemporary art award in Asia. The four finalists from the 2017 edition were: Li Ming (China), Tao Hui (China), Yu Ji (China) and Robert Zhao Renhui (Singapore). Each artist had the opportunity to show representative works from recent years as well as new works commissioned by the Rockbund Art Museum. This year’s winner, Li Ming was born in 1986 and is a member of the Double Fly Art Centre – a collective founded in 2008 by nine contemporary Chinese artists.
Li Ming’s work focuses on video and video installations. For the occasion of the Hugo Boss Asia Art Award exhibition, the artist showed his latest work Rendering the Mind a multi-channel video installation that “engages us on a deep, mysterious mental and emotional journey that constantly overlaps layers of private and social memories.“ commented Larys Frogier, the Director of Rockbund Art Museum and chair of the Hugo Boss Asia Art Jury. Aside from this installation, Li Ming presented two other video works in a setting which used the zig-zag space of the museum in a way that creates parallels between the exhibition space and the scenes in his videos.