Art Basel and BMW announced the 2020 artist shortlist of the BMW Art Journey, a joint initiative recognizing and supporting emerging artists worldwide.

As this year's Art Basel show in Hong Kong had to be cancelled due to the outbreak and spread of the new coronavirus, Covid-19, the jury conducted its selection process online. Artists and their galleries were invited to submit digital applications, including a short video by the artists explaining their work and process. For the first time, eligible participants included not only artists from the Discoveries sector of the 2020 show, but – more generally – artists presented by participating galleries founded less Art Basel and BMW announced the 2020 artist shortlist of the BMW Art Journey, a joint initiative recognizing and supporting emerging artists worldwide.

Hong Kong 2020 Shortlisted Artists

Leelee Chan

Leelee Chan

The artist, living and working in Hong Kong, creates sculptures based on her own experience with the urbanization in Hong Kong. She explores the transformative potential of mundane items, dumpster, detritus and household objects from her daily life, not generally considered memorable or worth preserving. Each item is reconfigured according to its unique potential.

Jes Fan

Jes Fan

Jes Fan is a Brooklyn-based artist born in Canada and raised in Hong Kong, China. Speculating on the intersection of biology and identity, his trans-disciplinary practice emerges from a sustained inquiry into the concept of otherness as it relates to the materiality of the gendered body. Working primarily in expanded sculpture, Fan often incorporates organic materials - such as soybeans and depo-testosterone into larger assemblages fashioned of welded steel, poured resin, and hand-blown glass.

Amy Lien & Enzo Camacho

Amy Lien & Enzo Camacho

Amy Lien (b. Dallas) and Enzo Camacho (b. Manila) have a collaborative artistic practice that moves from the Philippines outwards to other places, addressing localized iterations of labor and capital from the perspective of post-colonial damage. Their projects often involve an immersive period of research or living within a locale, during which they try to identify particular points of tension that speak to the selective disorganization of lives and worlds in the service of profit and development. The artworks that emerge out of this experiential research involve provisional experiments with modest materials (such as light, paper, strings, and sticks), continuing rather than representing the learning process.