Tai Kwun Contemporary welcomes the Hong Kong-based writer Leung Lee Chi to our Artists’ Studios Programme. Leung Lee Chi was born in 1995 and graduated from the Chinese Language and Literature Department of the Chinese University of Hong Kong with a minor in Cultural Studies. She has won many literary awards with works that look into the relationship between individuals and the times they live in. Currently, she is the producer and host of the CIBS programme "Thirteen Invitations to Hong Kong Literature" on Radio Television Hong Kong. She is also the author of a collection of novels: "People who live on a safe island" (2014), "Bright and Beautiful" (2018), and a collection of poems "Miscellaneous Specimen" (2017). In 2020, she won the 14th Hong Kong Arts Development Award for Young Artist (Literature and Art), and was invited to participate in the Singapore Writers Festival.
During her residency, Leung Lee Chi will start a new writing project named "Prisoner of Oneself". Tai Kwun was formerly the Central Police Station compound, with the former Victoria Prison, which have long symbolised detention and isolation. While the site is newly transformed, sentiments of “inability to leave" and "the feeling of guardedness" have spread out in the city. In the past two years, under the turmoil of protests and the pandemic, many have been restrained from leaving. Meanwhile, within the constructs of capital and power, people suppress desires and hold back from “escape” or “amorality”. This writing project hopes to record life in our city through intersecting virtual and real brushstrokes, capturing the perspectives of various individuals, and writing out their inner states of tension between push and pull. This is juxtaposed with the history of the city in order to contrast the physical lack of freedom with prisoners in the past.