āgantuka: Nostalgia‘ for the future (HKIPF 2020 Satellite Exhibition)

Exhibition Period : 15/04/2020 - 28/05/2020

Agantu-klesa” is the concept from Zen Buddhist Philosophy. It can be translated to “Guest Dust” in Mandarin context, implied the involuntary motions to settle atop of each other and revealed previous attributes once said “dust” is discovered and removed. In general, Agantu-klesa is a Buddhist metaphor of vexation.

Zeng’s works are merged into the contrast between conventional Platinum and Palladium Printing and fragile Rice Paper, blending Western techniques and Oriental aesthetics, and implying a Neo-Confucian interpretation of the unity of heaven and man. Homesickness, as a possibility for Guest Dust, depicts the relationship between self-identity conflict and social adaptation, and finally returns to the existence of self-reconciliation. Memory is a discontinuous segment as a device of presentation, exploring the emptiness and reality of guest dust.

About the Artist

Zeng Wanqiu is a Chinese artist and documentary director who originally from Wenzhou and currently living in Hong Kong. She completed Master of Arts in Chinese Linguistics from The Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 2014 and now studying MA Arts and Cultural Enterprise in UAL.

Inspired by Buddhism, Neo-Confucianism and Western philosophy, Zeng’s works meld traditional oriental aesthetics with Western Art techniques in a growing modern context. Her works focus on self-identity, cultural memory, and the sense of belonging.

She worked in documentation throughout Asia, particularly in music festivals. In 2017, she awarded the LGBT Documentary “Still Silence” by the Hong Kong Documentary Initiative Grant.


Special Arrangements in response to the Hong Kong Government’s latest measures to achieve social distancing due to the coronavirus outbreak: 

  1. The capacity of each visit is limited to 6 visitors only, anyone who violates this rule shall be responsible by the parties;
  2. Visitors are required to take a temperature check before admission. Visitors with fever symptoms (body temperature 37.5℃ or above) will not be allowed to admit;
  3. Visitors should wear face masks before admission. Alcohol hand sanitisers will be provided for visitors;
  4. This exhibition may be suddenly closed without further notice.


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Exhibition E-Leaflet 

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