“Queer Reads Library” (QRL) is a collection of books and independently published zines centered around queer narratives and themes. As a response to the censorship of 10 LGBTQ-themed books for children and young adults in Hong Kong’s public libraries in June 2018, the Library brings together a selection of over sixty “queer reads” for members of the public to engage with. “Queer Reads Library” at Tai Kwun takes the form of an outdoor picnic, gesturing towards the importance of visibility and open spaces for reading. This informal gathering will open with an introduction by founders Beatrix Pang of Small Tune Press and artist-curator Kaitlin Chan, followed by a collective reading and discussing from the books and zines on view. Join us for an evening of snacks, drinks, and reading. Visitors are welcome to bring their own zines, books, food and drinks to share.
In the spirit of openness and dialogue, “Queer Reads Library” serves as a testament to queer friends living in all societies, who still share their images and stories amidst dangerously increasing tides of transphobia and homophobia. A selection of works can be viewed at the human/progress Festival hosted by Eaton Workshop at Eaton Hotel Hong Kong in mid-November 2018. Until then, QRL can be found at Plug Magazine’s CultureFest at Hive Spring from October 6–7, as well as abC (art book in China) art book fair at Modern Art Museum in Shanghai from November 2–4.
“Art After Hours” is an evening event series presented by Tai Kwun Contemporary that will talk with you, sing with you, show and tackle something new every time. Usually held on Fridays at 7pm, “Art After Hours” aims to sharpen art awareness through talks, performances, and screenings by artists, writers, intellectuals, and curators alike.