Wing Ka Monique Yim

Monique Yim (b.1984, Hong Kong) is a Hong Kong based interdisciplinary artist, educator (guest lecturer and workshop facilitator) and independent curator who received MA from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London, UK. She mainly engages in performance art, also practices photograph, video, mixed media art, installation, participatory art, public art and community art. She works in the field of film and theatre arts, too. Her works largely concern social, cultural and gender issues.

Since 2006, she has been invited to participate in over 100 local and international exhibitions, festivals and artist-in-residence programmes in over 30 cities across Asia, Europe and Americas (such as Hong Kong, cities in China, Taiwan, Singapore, United Kingdom, Germany, Switzerland, Netherlands, Sweden, Poland, Czech, Hungary, Slovakia, Serbia, Cyprus, Canada and Chile). Her solo exhibitions included “In the Name of Art” (Hong Kong, 2008), “Strangers” (Hong Kong, 2016) and “Nice to Meet You” (Germany, 2018).

Her LGBTQ+ equality themed performance “Queer Series No.10: Ungrounded Tango” (Germany, 2017) was awarded the “Visual Art Performance in Public Space” international prize at Kassak Centre (Europe, 2018) and was selected by “Bbeyond Celebrating 20 Years of Promoting Performance Art Presents R-A-W Exhibition” (Northern Ireland, 2021). She was named finalist for “Hong Kong Human Rights Arts Prize” (Hong Kong, 2021). She has often been granted by Hong Kong Arts Development Council and Home Affairs Bureau. Her performances has always been selected in art reviews and features, such as in Asia Art Archive and Fountain of Creativity, and selected as academic research and teaching materials, such as in University of Oxford and Lingnan University.

She has given performance workshops and lectures at various local and overseas universities, schools and organizations, e.g. Brno University of Technology, Uppsala Konsert & Kongress, Central Saint Martins, The University of Hong Kong, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Renaissance Foundation, Hong Kong Youth Arts Foundation, K11.

Her important curatorial projects including “Performance Art Marathon” in the West Kowloon Cultural District (Hong Kong, 2013). She has collaborated with numerous local and international organizations, e.g. MaD Asia, Hong Kong Arts Centre, Hong Kong Maritime Museum, Tai Kwun, Hong Kong Art Gallery Association, Hong Kong Literature House, Videotage, Para Site, Osage.

Since 2015, she has engaged in works themed on gender queer and LGBTQ+ equal rights. Her "Queer Series" (Hong Kong and Overseas, 2015-Now) performances have been presented in numerous international exhibitions and festivals, such as Galeria Labirynt “We Are People” (Poland, 2020), Eaton Hong Kong “Videos in My Closet” (Hong Kong, 2020), Hong Kong International Photo Festival “Unruly Visions” (Hong Kong, 2021). She has given talks and lectures about queer art in local and worldwide, such as City University of Hong Kong, Goethe Institut, HKU Space and WMA Space. She was selected by Feminist Art Collective (Toronto, 2020) as artist-in-residence, and invited by Body and Freedom Festival (the only government permitted public nudity art festival in the world) (Zurich, 2018) as participating artist and lecturer, both as the first and only Hong Kong artist. She has collaborated with Hong Kong Pride Parade, Hong Kong Queer Literary and Cultural Festival, Christian Gender/Sex Cultural Festival, etc, in curating, showcasing, exhibiting, talks and workshops giving. She has been invited to work with different LGBTQ+ communities in art and education projects including the international awards winning feature film “A Woman Is A Woman” (Hong Kong, 2019).

Since 2019, she actively curated and hosted mindful art workshops focusing on art and mental health that combined with elements of body, mind and soul, and co-curated with expressive arts therapists in expressive arts community projects, like “Art Flow In Senses”, HKSAR Arts Capacity Development Funding Scheme (Hong Kong, 2019-2020). She is consultant of community art and inclusive art for disabled at social service organization. She was also artist-in-residence at special school.

Recently, she has been invited to sit on jury and mentor in performance art open call organized by 1a Space, a significant contemporary art space in Hong Kong with long history.