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Artist | Movana Chen


Hong Kong


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About Movana Chen


Movana Chen is a Hong Kong-based artist who studied fashion design at the London College of Fashion and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University in Hong Kong. Movana started her knitting projects in 2004 by making “magazine clothes”, a genre that involves playing with deconstructing and reconstructing of meanings and content by knitting shredded magazine papers. Her work is a multi-disciplinary fusion of media, fashion, performance, installation and sculpture which has been presented at different exhibitions, art festivals and events globally. Her recent solo projects include at ArtisTree (Hong Kong), Chinart LaGalerie (Paris), Shin Hwa Gallery (Hong Kong) and Pekin Fine Arts (Beijing). She has also participated in group-exhibitions at CODA Museum (Apeldoorn-Netherland), Espace Louis Vuitton (Hong Kong and Singapore), MoA Museum of Art Seoul National University, Gyeonggi MoMA Korea and MoCA Shanghai Museum. Movana was one of the 30 finalists of the 2011 & 2012 Sovereign Asian Art Prize. Amongst the collectors of her art works, apart from private collectors, are the Hong Kong Heritage Museum, Louis Vuitton, Chinart LaGalerie (Paris) and the Galerie Helene Lamarque (Miami).


Artist Statement


Since 2004, I have been making “magazine clothes”, which are knitted from shredded papers of old magazines. I focus on exploring “wearable art” by creating “body containers” sculpture. The reconstructed paper pieces represent wishes and are transformed into shreds of meanings of daily life. It creates an alternative way of reading and exploring art as a dialogue between visual languages and the viewers. I believe it is also a new way to appreciate different cultures. I want to explore different ways to “wear” one’s identity, to experiment and play with it, and create new opportunities for different cultures and identities, and begin the communication between each other. This is one of my developments to allow audience to look things at sideway; to discover; to challenge; to be individual.






2007 Exhibition Studies and Art Curatorship, Hong Kong Art School, Hong Kong 

2005 Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art) Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) 

1997 Fashion Design The London College of Fashion, London 




2013 KNITerature, ArtisTree, Hong Kong

2011 Travelling into your Bookshelf-Paris, CHINART, Paris

2011 Body Containers come to life, K11 art mall, Hong Kong

2009 Travelling into my Bookshelf, Shin Hwa Gallery, Hong Kong 

2008 Two-way Communication Beijing, Pékin Fine Arts, Beijing, China

2008 Two-way Communication, Kubrick bookstore, IFC Mall, Hong Kong 

2007 Play with artbooks-II, Fringe Club, Hong Kong

2007 Wear Me out-II, The 10th Seoul Fringe Festival, HUT Gallery, Seoul, Korea

2006 Wear Me Out, Fringe Club, Hong Kong 

2005 Play with artbooks, White tube, Hong Kong Arts Centre, Hong Kong 




2014 The Magic of Space, Hangaram Design Museum, Seoul Arts Center, Korea

2014 The Future of Fashion is Now, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, Netherlands

2014 Elephant Parade Hong Kong, Asia Elephant Foundation

2013 CODA Paper Art, CODA Museum, Apeldoorn, the Netherland

2013 The Sovereign Asian Art Prize Finalists Exhibition, Hong Kong & Seoul

2012 2012 International Fashion Art Biennale in Seoul Museum of Art, Korea

2012 “Design Futurology” MoA Museum of Art Seoul National University, Korea

2012 “The Art of Dress” Espace Louis Vuitton, Singapore

2012 “The Art of Dress” Espace Louis Vuitton, Hong Kong

2012 ARTHK12, HK Convention and Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong

2012 “Knit Together” Atrium, ifc mall, Hong Kong

2012 SHOW OFF Solo Show Art Fair, port des Champs Elysées, Paris

2012 Ethical fashion Show, Carrousel du Louvre, Paris

2011 2011 International Fashion Art Festival in Hague City Hall, The Netherlands

2010 "War & Peace" 2010 International Fashion Art Biennale in Seoul, Seoul Arts Centre Korea

2010 ECHO Hong Kong Sculpture Biennial 2010, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

2010 ARTHK10, HK Convention and Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong

2009 “.be Anti-Crisis" DETOUR-DESIGNR-rdv project in Hong Kong and Brussels, Belgium 

2009 Fashion’s Night Out Sept. 11 2009 Beijing, A Global VOGUE Celebration of Fashion, Beijing

2009 ‘2009 Cross-genre exhibition <Fashion Ethics –“Wear Good”>, Gyeonggi MoMA Korea

2009 Mixed Media and Body Containers on Display, The Opposite House, Swire Hotel Beijing

2008 ARTHK08, HK Convention and Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong

2008 Beyond the Body, Galerie Helene Lamarque, Miami

2008 Shanghai MoCA Envisage II – Butterfly Dream, MoCA Shanghai Museum, Shanghai, China 

2006 Paradigm Shift BA (Fine Art) Graduation Show 2006, Pao’s Gallery, Hong Kong

2006 New Trend 2006, Artist commune, Hong Kong

2006 Crackers, Hong Kong Visual Arts Centre, Hong Kong

2005 You Make Me, Barge House, OXO Tower Wharf, London 




2013 Body Container Comes to Life in Hong Kong

2012 Body Container Comes to Life in London

2011 Body Container Comes to Life in Paris

2010 Body Container Comes to Life in Seoul

2008 Body Containers, Challenging the Language of Fashion Culture, Collaborate with Shanghai Tang and Art Asia Pacific at ART HK08

2008 Body Container Comes to Life @Shanghai Tang, Hong Kong

2005 Looking. Touching. Shredding. Knitting=INTERACTING, Para/Site Art Space, Hong Kong

2005 You Make Me, OXO Tower, London 




2012 Travelling into Your Bookshelf - Sicily

2011 Travelling into Your Bookshelf - Paris

2010 Travelling into Your Bookshelf - Philadelphia

2010 Travelling into Your Bookshelf - East Lansing


2010 Travelling into Your Bookshelf - Seoul


2009 Travelling into Your Bookshelf - London

2009 Travelling into Your Bookshelf - Milan 





2012 Finalist, Sovereign Asian Art Prize, Hong Kong

2011 Finalist, Sovereign Asian Art Prize, Hong Kong 

2008  “40 under 40” creative talents Award, Perspective Magazine 





2011 Chinart LaGalerie, Paris 

2009 Hong Kong Heritage Museum

2008 Galerie Helene Lamarque, Paris & Miami 








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