Artist in residence, Stockholm, March 1 – May 27, 2023
Michael Leung is an artist/designer, researcher and visiting lecturer based in Hong Kong. He was born in London and moved to Hong Kong thirteen years ago to complete a Masters in Design at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU). His projects range from collective agriculture projects such as The HK FARMers’ Almanac 2014-2015 to Pangkerchief, a collection of objects produced by Pang Jai fabric market in Sham Shui Po. His practice is situated in everyday life, affected by convivial encounters, and inspired by different autonomous spaces—some of which he shares with students, in zines and with(in) different social movements. His collective work has been shown in the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale, Aarey forest in Mumbai (2018) and Art and Culture Outreach in Hong Kong (2022).
Photo: Luke Casey
Michael is a visiting lecturer at Hong Kong Baptist University and PolyU where he facilitates social practice (MA) and social design (BA). He is currently finishing his PhD at the School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong. Michael’s research focuses on emancipatory farming communities and global land struggles/resistances. Locally, he researches the colonial residue and “non-indigenous” entanglements in the New Territories through his solidarity with dispossessed villagers by different hegemonic forces.
In 2014 Michael started writing fiction, self-publishing and reading them in public space. He contributes monthly to Fong Fo, an artist zine printed on the 21st of each month in Guangzhou. Michael’s field notes have been published in a bilingual book entitled Collective Notes (2020) and in Reorienting Hong Kong’s Resistance: Leftism, Decoloniality, and Internationalism (Palgrave Macmillan, 2022).