About HOCA

Hong Kong Contemporary Art (HOCA) Foundation is a non-profit organisation launched in 2014 with the goal of promoting and developing awareness of contemporary art in Hong Kong. The city has quickly risen to the forefront of the Asian art market in recent years with a slew of international art galleries, art fairs and auction houses opening up and drawing the attention of international collectors and dealers. Despite this, many people in Hong Kong still protest the city’s lack of cultural outlets. HOCA Foundation hopes to add to the expanding art scene by providing a new platform for contemporary art events and exhibitions.

Our Goals

HOCA’s aim is to bring art to the city outside of a gallery context by curating contemporary art exhibitions and events across Hong Kong. In addition, HOCA will support contemporary art education by sponsoring international artists-in-residence and providing art and culture programs and community services. The foundation will also oversee the publication of contemporary art books, which will be donated, along with magazines, to schools, libraries and other charitable institutions. Through these initiatives, made possible by generous donations and privileged access to some of the city’s best private collections, the foundation hopes to contribute to the growing number of platforms for art education in the city.

Our Focus

HOCA Foundation will focus its attentions on a younger generation of international artists as well as pioneers of contemporary art interested in engaging with contemporary life and culture. This new generation of artists grew up in an age of increasing globalization, where international and counter cultures were easily accessible through the Internet and various forms of social media. Today, people can immediately access art in a way that wasn’t possible a few generations ago, leading to a moment in art history where contemporary art has almost become truly democratized in most major cities.

Many artists of this new generation are responding to globalization by becoming more conceptually interested in contemporary life. Countless are engaged with the idea of high art stemming from more popular forms of culture such as animation, illustration, graffiti, and graphic design. Drawing from these popular medias, this new generation of artists engages with popular culture in a way that stems from the Pop Art movement of the sixties and seventies, with artists such as Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein, as well as artists from earlier generations such as the Surrealists. Engaged by the present while informed by the past, these artists demonstrate a knowledge and awareness of their position in a larger art historical context. Through exhibitions by these world-renowned artists, HOCA hopes to enhance the growing awareness and increasingly sophisticated dialogue of contemporary art in the city.

Our Team

Pauline Foessel joins us as our Director of Development after years of experience as a gallery director in Lisbon and gallery manager in Shanghai, first at 18Gallery Shanghai and then at Magda Danysz Gallery.

A native of Grenoble, France, Pauline Foessel (1987) moved to Lisbon in 2013 to manage Alexandre Farto’s Vhils Studio and the Underdogs Gallery. With a master’s degree in Management  Entrepreunarial from SKEMA Business School in Lille and an MBA Exchange Program from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada, she worked as gallery assistant at Galerie Magda Danysz in Paris and gallery manager at Magda Danysz Gallery in Shanghai, China. Driven by a great passion for art from an early age, Pauline Foessel put in place an innovative and ambitious artistic programme at Underdogs Gallery which has been able to place Lisbon on the global map of urban-inspired contemporary art, injecting cultural value into its architectural heritage and public space, promoting the work of a generation of artists who take the urban environment as a backdrop and establishing a close relationship between them and the city’s inhabitants.

Lauren Every-Wortman is HOCA Foundation’s Curator and is responsible for curating all of HOCA Foundation’s upcoming exhibitions and events.

Born in Los Angeles (1988), Lauren graduated Magnum Cum Laude from the University of Pennsylvania, with a dual degree in Visual Studies: Art Practice and Technology and Art History. While in Philadelphia, Lauren assisted in the curation and realization of the exhibition ‘Medium Resistance’ in conjunction with Philagrafika 2010 beginning her interest in printmaking and by extension wheat pasting and street art.

She comes HOCA with years of experience in the contemporary art world in the United States and Asia. After two years in Japan, Lauren moved to Hong Kong to begin a position as the Gallery Manager at Above Second, an art space dedicated to expanding the urban contemporary art movement. In this role, Lauren managed gallery exhibitions, as well as extensive off-site exhibitions such as “Work in Progress” an exhibition held in conjunction with Swire Properties in 2013 and site-specific mural commissions such as those by Cyrcle at the Youth Outreach Center in Sai Wan Ho and D*Face at PMQ in Central. Her experience working with the urban artists has led to a deep passion for continuing public art projects and paved her way to a career in the non-profit sector. With HOCA, Lauren has curated exhibitions with some of the most important urban artists of our times.


Your Support

Our programs would not be possible without your generous contributions. We want to thank you for helping HOCA Foundation with it’s goal of supporting Hong Kong’s development as the primary art capital of Asia through contemporary art education, exhibitions, and events. At the present, the city seems to have too few public art venues and exhibitions focused on international art, and, in the end, public participation is of utmost importance in encouraging art appreciation. By increasing access to international art through public exhibitions and events, HOCA aspires to play a small part in helping make contemporary art an essential part of the city’s cultural identity.

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