Accessible Artmaking Put into Practice: Ha Bik Chuen (1925-2009) on Being-in-the-World
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This thesis investigates the intersection of access in artmaking and Ha Bik Chuen’s position on the periphery of the mainstream art world by drawing from a selection of works of photography, collage books, and original writings from the Ha Bik Chuen Archive. I advocate for Ha’s conviction in the value of his individual perspective, captured and recorded via practices of archive, photography, and collage. Through this thesis project, I hope to address the dearth of research on the Ha Bik Chuen Archive to provide needed context from which future studies may draw. My curation and production of an interactive archive exhibition seeks to promote, in the 21st century, the do-it-yourself artmaking practice Ha employed in his 60-year archival project. With this thesis, I argue that the Ha Bik Chuen Archive continues to embody the vision of accessibility Ha set forth when he bequeathed the collection to Hong Kong for public use as a dynamic, living archive.