Tai Kwun Contemporary's Artists' Book Library
Time
Mon | 2pm–8pm; Tue-Sun | 11am–8pm Timetable
Location
JC Contemporary Map
Price
Free of charge

General

The Artists’ Book Library is an ongoing collection of Asian artists’ books and an integral part of the Arts Programme of Tai Kwun Contemporary. Artists’ books are publications that have been created as artworks, in which artists use books as a medium of artistic expression. Often published in limited numbers, sometimes even unique piece of art, artists’ books challenge the idea, content and form of traditional books. Tai Kwun Contemporary's Artists' Book Library will be open and accessible to the public, free of charge, as a source for learning and research.

Virtual Tour

Love Books By Artists

#LoveBooksByArtists features bi-weekly selections of a single artist book from the Artists’ Book Library—a growing collection of Asia-centred, artist-driven publications. The Artists’ Book Library also runs and hosts events highlighting practitioners using books as a medium of artistic expression.


Jimi Tsang Moments in Limbo


Jimi Tsang, Moments in Limbo (2015-2018). Courtesy of the artist.

Hong Kong artist and self-taught photographer Jimi Tsang explores the living conditions of a city perpetually in flux. The Hong Kong he portrays appears calm on the surface—and yet the sadness and tension of the city seeps through in his formal compositions and subtle observations of facial expressions and gestures. Echoes of Henri Cartier-Bresson, Daido Moriyama, and Bruce Gilden emerge in the artist’s unflinching depiction of pre-and post-Handover Hong Kong.

Associate Curator of Education & Public Programmes Louiza Ho selects ‘Moments in Limbo’, a 40-page, self-published photo-based zine by Jimi Tsang, printed in an edition of 150. The zine artfully and powerfully compels us to observe attentively, and brings us on a journey to the uncertainties of the future. The balloon on the cover encapsulates the state of affairs: something that symbolises joy and celebration is now frozen. Does this evoke something celebratory—or something in limbo?

Last year, Tsang took part in "Under-Cover: Investigations in Art Publishing", a programme series curated by Hera Chan, Ingrid Pui Yee Chu and Louiza Ho.


Fiona Tan Vox Populi


Fiona Tan, Vox Populi (2006–2012). Courtesy of the artist and Frith Street Gallery.

Like much of her art, Indonesian-born, Amsterdam-based artist Fiona Tan plays both 'the traveller and the anthropologist' as a way to explore what curator Lynne Cooke calls, 'the means by which self-awareness [and] self-understanding may be construed' in her book works.

This includes Artists' Book Library and BOOKED: Project Manager Ingrid Pui Yee Chu's selection: 'Vox Populi' (Book Works, 2006-2012). Tan's photo book series—'voice of the people' translated from Latin—traces her visits to Norway, Sydney, Tokyo, Switzerland, and London to produce five pocket-size publications with accompanying texts over six years. Evoking family albums and travel guides, colour snapshots are grouped in sections: 'Home', 'Nature', and 'Portraits', which draw comparisons between the cycles of life in different communities and countries. Produced before the current travel and border restrictions, they also hearken back to the unguarded moments of lives lived beyond the lens.

Last year, Tan took part in "Under-Cover: Investigations in Art Publishing", a programme series curated by Hera Chan, Ingrid Pui Yee Chu and Louiza Ho.