Children “Tied Up” at Art Basel in Hong Kong Sparks Outrage

The controversial snapshot. Image via Facebook.

A photo appears to show young children tied together like a chain gang as they are led on a tour of Art Basel in Hong Kong, which recently concluded on March 17.

The photograph was posted to Facebook and has gone viral, sparking outrage from Hong Kong Internet users.

The kids were actually taking part in a tour organized by UBS, the lead sponsor of Art Basel in Hong Kong.

The comments on the Facebook post criticised the treatment of children, some say that it was comparable to the treatment of criminals or dogs.

UBS explained that the kids were not tied up, but they were encouraged to hold onto a rope as a means of keeping everyone together on the tour.

The financial services company said the free activities and tours are run by trained educators and some of the children are below 12 years of age.

In a statement from UBS, it was claimed that the use of a safety rope is in line with “standard practice” in schools and kindergartens in Hong Kong and elsewhere:

“UBS and Art Basel take the safety and security of children taking part in these programs very seriously and has put plans in place to ensure that the children are properly supervised throughout.”

For more coverage from Art Basel in Hong Kong see:

Follow Artnet News on Facebook:

Want to stay ahead of the art world? Subscribe to our newsletter to get the breaking news, eye-opening interviews, and incisive critical takes that drive the conversation forward.
Subscribe or log in to read the rest of this content.

You are currently logged into this Artnet News Pro account on another device. Please log off from any other devices, and then reload this page continue. To find out if you are eligible for an Artnet News Pro group subscription, please contact [email protected]. Standard subscriptions can be purchased on the subscription page.

Log In