Maria Hassabi: I'll Be Your Mirror

Tai Kwun Conversations: I’ll Be Your Mirror — A Dialogue between Maria Hassabi and Xue Tan

Maria Hassabi: I’ll Be Your Mirror

Artist-led Workshop for Dance Professionals

Tai Kwun Conversations: I’ll Be Your Mirror — A Dialogue between Maria Hassabi and Xue Tan

Date & Time

18 Oct 2023 7:30pm – 9:00pm


JC Cube


Exclusive to Tai Kwun Fan, Free of charge


Our latest Tai Kwun Conversations will feature the artist and choreographer Maria Hassabi in dialogue with the curator Xue Tan. They will be discussing Hassabi’s distinctive live installations and her new Tai Kwun Contemporary exhibition I’ll Be Your Mirror, her first solo presentation in Asia.

One of the leading artists working at the intersection of visual arts and performance, Maria Hassabi explores the relationship between the live body, the still image, and the sculptural object, all the while seeking to disrupt our sense of time. With her new exhibition I’ll Be Your Mirror, the artist brings together her choreographic practice, sound, sculpture, photography, and painting, testing the expectations of spectators within the space of a museum. The exhibition confronts the notion of one’s own image through a gold scheme of reflections, thereby leaving a lasting impact on the way that we perceive ourselves and those around us.

In the conversation, Maria Hassabi will speak more of her iconic choreographic language of stillness and deceleration, her fascination in the contested colour of gold and in mirrors, as well as the contradictions in representing of our realities. 


Maria Hassabi


Xue Tan, Senior Curator at Tai Kwun (Curator of I’ll Be Your Mirror)

This event will be conducted in English, with English to Cantonese simultaneous interpretation. Afterwards, the audience will have the chance to ask the artist and the curator questions in a live Q&A session.

On the day of the event, JC Contemporary will be open from 11am to 7pm. Participants are welcome to visit the exhibition before attending the conversation.
Tai Kwun Conversations is a monthly event that brings together brilliant minds from the fields of contemporary art, architecture, heritage, among many others. Join us to discover new artistic exchange and outstanding practices in heritage conservation.

Artist Bio

Maria Hassabi

Since the early 2000s Maria Hassabi (b. Cyprus) has carved a unique artistic practice based on the relationship between the live body, the still image, and the sculptural object. Her works reflect on concepts of time and the human figure, while employing a variety of media to emphasise the complexity of formal organisation. In most of Hassabi's works the performing body is the main subject, often embedded within imposing installations. Through meticulously crafting her material—every action, even the gaze, is subject to counts and cues—a constant negotiation between the body's relation to gravity, time and space, reveals the physical side effects of labour, anchoring both dancers' and viewers' awareness to the present moment. Her works are always in dialogue with a site's unique architecture, while conventions and hierarchies common to theatres, museums, and public spaces are taken into consideration. Her sculptures, photography and video works use her live performances as a point of departure, while the use of technology is employed to override the limitations that occur within the format of liveness and realness.

Maria Hassabi has had numerous solo exhibitions and presentations in art institutions and performance spaces around the world, including LUMA Arles; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles. Her works have also been featured in group exhibitions and festivals such as at FRONT Triennial, Cleveland; Performa, New York; documenta14, Kassel; and the 55th Venice Biennale.