Susan Sarandon honoured at Hong Kong’s Art Basel


The Liberatum Cultural Honour was awarded to Academy Award-winning actress Susan Sarandan at a dinner hosted at Upper House, Hong Kong, this week. Celebrating the actress’ outstanding contribution to cinema and theatre. The gala dinner was attended by leading figures from the cultural community during Hong Kong’s annual art week. Guests included Thaddaeus  Ropac, Delfina Delettrez Fendi, Isaac Julien, Pearl Lam and Simon de Pury.

Susan Sarandon at the Swire Properties Lounge during her talk The Artistic Life presented by Liberatum - credit Inga BeckmannSusan Sarandon at the Swire Properties Lounge during her talk The Artistic Life
presented by Liberatum. Photograph: Inga Beckmann

From_Left_TomasAuksas_SusanSarandon_PabloGanguliTomas Auksas, Susan Sarandon and Pablo Ganguli

Pablo Ganguli, Founder and Artistic Director of Liberatum said, “It is rare to come across an actress of Susan’s calibre who not only has given us exceptional performances in some of the most moving films in the last 40 years, but who has also been a sterling example of what a true activist and supporter of free speech means.”

Swire Properties Lounge at Art Basel 2Swire Properties Lounge at Art Basel

Liberatum partnered with Hong Kong’s Swire Properties, to host a three-day series of cultural talks under Liberatum Artistry, hosted at the Swire Properties Lounge. Susan’s talk, An Artistic Life, described the harmony the actress had found between developing her artistic career both on and off stage, from becoming a mother to most recently a grandmother. Challenging the audience to deeply consider what demands modern society asked of women who admitted to wanting to  “have it all”.

The Liberatum programme further included a much discussed topic, premiering Artistry and Technology, a film which explores the impact of technology on creativity. Directed by Pablo Ganguli and Tomas Auksas, the film features renowned talents in the fields of film, design and art including Ed Ruscha, David Hockney, Frank Gehry, Francis Ford Coppola, Susan Sarandon, Francesco Vezzoli, Marc Quinn, MIA, Jonas Akerlund, Brett Ratner, Kehinde Wiley, Marcel Wanders, Daniel Arsham, Simon de Pury and Miranda July.

by Kim Ing

Artistry and Technology can be viewed here from March 30, 2015.