From Ocean to Horizon at CFCCA

Sara Jaspan, Exhibitions Editor
Trevor Yeung, detail of Live in Hong Kong, Born in Dongguan (2015). Image courtesy of the artist.

From Ocean to Horizon at esea contemporary, Manchester 7 July — 22 October 2017 Entrance is free

The semi-mythical, impossibly distant point of intersection between sea and sky that forms the horizon has long been recognised as providing a deeply calming, contemplative space to look upon. Indeed, the significance and value of this perhaps seems even greater today, as so many of us live boxed in by tall buildings and surrounded by human-constructed skylines. As such, for residents of the densely populated, skyscraper-packed global metropolis of Hong Kong, to momentarily gaze into the distant horizon of the sea must provide a very welcome source of relief. Especially given the strong, long-standing connection the city has with the ocean, due to its unique island geography and famous deep natural harbour.

Taking this fluid, forever-shifting natural boundary as a symbol for Hong Kong itself – a place undergoing continual, rapid, physical, social and cultural transformations – CFCCA’s current exhibition invites a group of artists to respond to their unique experiences of living and working there. In this way, the natural metaphor serves as a useful device to help open up new perspectives and add to a growing critical discussion taking place around Hong Kong’s recent history, as part of CFCCA’s 2017 Hong Kong season (timed to mark the 20th anniversary of the handover of Hong Kong from British to Chinese administration).

Situated in a firmly-landlocked conurbation like Manchester, From Ocean to Horizon might also provoke questions about visitors’ own experiences of their surrounding environment. Often also in a state of flux, what spaces of escape are available to us in UK cities and what role do they play in our lives?

From Ocean to Horizon is an ambitious group exhibition featuring established and emerging talent from Hong Kong’s contemporary art scene, none of whom have exhibited in the UK before. Combine your visit with Samson Young’s One of Two Stories, or Both (Field Bagatelles), which is presented at CFCCA as part of MIF 2017.

From Ocean to Horizon at esea contemporary, Manchester 7 July — 22 October 2017 Entrance is free

What's on at esea contemporary

Where to go near From Ocean to Horizon at CFCCA

Manchester Pubs
Manchester
Bar or Pub
Trof Northern Quarter

It’s a landmark year for Trof NQ. In the years since it first opened, the Northern Quarter has developed around it to become one of the city’s most prominent areas.

Manchester
Bar or Pub
Bar 21

A bar in Manchester’s Northern Quarter for fans of television and cinema science fiction. Enjoy food and drink amongst a off-beat selection of movie memorabilia.

Manchester
Café or Coffee Shop
This & That Café

Eternally popular curry canteen taking its name from a time when patrons didn’t know what to call their orders, but pointed instead to a bit of “this” and “that”.

Manchester
Restaurant
Disorder

Disorder is a new bar and restaurant in the Northern Quarter, based where the old Walrus venue was, with Bryan Barber as executive chef.

Wolf At The Door
Manchester
Restaurant
Wolf At The Door

Three storey bar and restaurant on Thomas Street in the Northern Quarter, from the team behind the Wilderness record store and bar in Withington.

Manchester
Bar or Pub
The Bay Horse Tavern

The Bay Horse Tavern is a laid-back pub based in the dead centre of the Northern Quarter, with a wide range of drinks and food options.

Manchester
Café or Coffee Shop
Ziferblat Manchester

Ziferblat is a pay as you stay café in the northern quarter, where everything is free – except the time you spend.

What's on: Exhibitions

Culture Guides

Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga
Cinema in Manchester and the North

From the latest installment in the Mad Max franchise, to silent movie masterpieces we highlight the best new releases and big screen classics showing near you this month.