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Asia’s Most Influential: The Culture List 2021

Profession: Artist

Location: Hong Kong

Impact statement: His beautiful but unsettling Hong Kong landscapes have got collectors obsessed

Inspired by his hikes through Hong Kong’s mountains, Stephen Wong paints sumptuous, impressionistic depictions of the local landscape, which nonetheless provoke a sense of dislocation with their over-saturated hues and uncanny, VR-like textures; his earlier work drew on video games to examine the virtual world more directly. Collectors are certainly convinced of his merits: when Gallery Exit hosted a booth selling his work at the recent Spotlight by Art Basel, the works sold out on day one.

Profession: Collector

Location: Hong Kong

Impact statement: A tireless champion through art of Asia’s LGBTQ communities

Collector Patrick Sun is using art to change the world for the better. He supports LGBTQ communities across Asia, buying works by LGBTQ artists and organising exhibitions, including the breakthrough Spectrosynthesis—Asian LGBTQ Issues and Art Now, Asia’s first LGBTQ-themed show, at Taipei’s Museum of Contemporary Art in 2017. Included on contemporary art magazine ArtReview’s Power 100 list for the first time in 2020, he also aims to advance LGBTQ rights through art via his Sunpride Foundation.

Profession: Executive director, Para Site

Location: Hong Kong

Impact statement: Pushing the boundaries at one of Asia’s most interesting art spaces

Curator Cosmin Costinas has been executive director of Para Site, Hong Kong’s most innovative art space, for the past decade. Overseeing its relocation and expansion in 2015 and taking a curatorial role in many of its shows, he is committed to both supporting artists and connecting them around Asia and further afield. Currently curating the Kathmandu Triennale that has been rescheduled for 2021, he was included on contemporary art magazine ArtReview’s Power 100 list for 2020.

Photo: Raul Docasar for Tatler Asia
Photo: Raul Docasar for Tatler Asia

Profession: Filmmaker

Location: Hong Kong

Impact statement: The pre-eminent chronicler of the everyday lives of Hongkongers, in all their beauty and poignancy

Director Ann Hui has shone a light on the stories of ordinary Hongkongers throughout a lengthy career making gritty, down to earth films across a range of genres. Her work addresses numerous social issues, humanising and dignifying marginalised people, and articulating the heroism of their everyday struggles. She premiered her latest film, Eileen Chang adaptation Love After Love (2020), at the Venice International Film Festival, where she also received a Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement.

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