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In celebration of the first edition of Art Basel Hong Kong, Bazaar Art collaborated with the Royal Academy of the Arts to hold a special gala, called “Art Changes the World.” The 2013 Bazaar Art Night, which took place on May 23, marked the growing influence of Hong Kong in the global art market. The visual centerpiece for the event was a light sculpture installation entitled, “Golden Connection,” by the Peruvian artist Grimanesa Amorós. The light sculptures consisted of a brilliant, wispy mass of lights, suspended in the air. Amorós favors light in her sculptures because it “creates presence without physicality.”
The soiree celebrated the fair and three art world players: German photographer Andreas Gursky was the recipient of The “Annual International Artist” Award; Larry Gagosian was presented with The “Contemporary Art Contribution” Award; and curator Hans Ulrich Obrist was honored with the award for “Contribution To the Art Community For the Year.”
Grimanesa Amorós is interdisciplinary in every sense of the word. Her influences include social history, scientific research, and critical theory and her mediums of choice are video, sculpture, and light. Amorós strives to enlighten the understanding of one’s identity and community through the intersection of art, modern technology and the ways in which they connect to ancient divinity. Famous for her public art, Amorós has exhibited her works all over the world and has received multiple grants and fellowships.