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Sat, 25 May



Art Industry Sharing and Exhibition Guided Tour with Founders of PODIUM Gallery

Art Industry Sharing and Exhibition Guided Tour with Founders of PODIUM Gallery
Art Industry Sharing and Exhibition Guided Tour with Founders of PODIUM Gallery

Time & Location

25 May 2024, 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

PODIUM , Unit 9D, E. Tat Factory Building, 4 Heung Yip Rd, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong

About the event


- Greetings and Mingle (15 minutes)

- Exhibition Tour (30-45 minutes)

- Bites & Drinks during Sharing Session with the Founders (1 hour)

  1. How they got into art industry and their respective career paths;
  2. A general introduction of the art ecosystem, particularly the role of a commercial galleries;
  3. The origin of the idea of opening their own gallery PODIUM, some behind the scenes of running a gallery;
  4. Insights how they identify talents, their understanding of ‘good’ artist and ‘good’ art
  5. Q&A session


Normal exhibition guided tour focuses on the exhibition alone but NOT this one.

This is a special exhibition guided tour and sharing for the Harvard Club about the art and gallery industry from the founders of PODIUM Gallery, Cusson Cheng and Charlotte Lin. It is a rare opportunity for anyone interested in art to listen to the stories behind the scene on the establishment of galleries, relevant career paths, art ecosystem, operations, scouting of artists etc.


Founded in 2023 by Cusson Cheng and Charlotte Lin, Hong Kong-based contemporary art gallery PODIUM operates as a robust platform for underrepresented emerging and mid-career artists whose creative practices reflect idiosyncratic aesthetics and resonate with current social discourses. Through dynamic exhibition programmes, publications, and institutional collaborations, the gallery remains steadfast in fostering transnational dialogues and synergic and experimental growth among the international artistic community.

Cusson Cheng

Based in Hong Kong and Berlin, Cusson Cheng is the Curatorial Director at PODIUM, where he supports the gallery’s artists with institutional relationship building, private and museum acquisitions, sales, and exhibitions, steering the intellectual and artistic direction and development of the gallery program. During his tenure as one of the curators at Para Site, Hong Kong, he has curated four internationally acclaimed exhibitions and worked on four large-scale group presentations. He was one of the moderators at Art Basel Hong Kong Conversations (2023) and ‘Silent Insights’ at UBS Lounge in Art Basel Hong Kong (2023). In addition to his curatorial work, Cheng serves as the Art Editor at the Hong Kong-based leading Chinese-language art periodical Art and Piece (美紙). Cheng received his BA with Honours in Comparative Literature, Sociology, and Buddhist Studies from the University of Hong Kong.

Charlotte Lin

Based in Hong Kong and Sydney, Charlotte Lin is the Executive Director at PODIUM, where she leads its strategic vision through dynamic, transnational partnerships, offering the local and international creative communities experimental and exciting possibilities powered by the gallery's artists. Formerly as the Senior Sales and Marketing Manager at Tang Contemporary Art, Hong Kong, she planned and implemented business development strategies for gallery exhibitions, and international art fairs, and fostered meaningful community engagement through large-scale public art projects. Before bridging artistic exchanges in the commercial gallery sector, she worked in a curatorial role at White Rabbit Gallery (2019-2020), and for the National Palace Museum of Taipei at The Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW) (2017). Lin received her BFA from the University of New South Wales, Australia.

About The Exhibition:


18 May—29 June 2024

PODIUM, Hong Kong


The group exhibition 'The Last Laugh' is inspired by Barry Sander’s critically acclaimed book Sudden Glory: Laughter as Subversive History. Together with Sarah FriponAdéla JanskáMin Jia (fka Tina Guo)Alicja Pakosz, and Rachel Youn, the exhibition proposes the 'carnivalisation of daily life' (put simply, it is to live and contemplate life as a joker) as an alternative trajectory to make sense of the contemporary social milieu dominated by extreme violence and polarisation. In other words, it is an imaginative project that invites the audience to return to their innate urge (laughing) and reclaim, re-evaluate, and re-contextualise the political power of jokes, jest, comedy, and wit in our current reality.

The exhibition title has a double entendre. It on one hand suggests that when it seems no longer possible to fight externally, we must harness one's final and remaining power—breath and laughter—as a last resort to struggle, rebel, and turn this world topsy-turvy. On the other hand, it refers to 'having the last laugh'—the satisfaction of ultimate triumph or success after being scorned or regarded as a failure. Only by imagining and believing that our world will indeed have a different future through laughter may we defeat supremacism and exploitative, hegemonic powers. At the end of the day, we laugh rather than cry to survive the most sinister evils and the worst tragedies.


  • Member's Ticket

    +HK$7.50 service fee
  • Guest's Ticket

    +HK$7.50 service fee



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