Tai Kwun Contemporary’s current exhibition INK CITY sets out an expanded vision of ink art firmly grounded in current social, political, and aesthetic concerns, featuring artists inspired by immediate encounters with contemporary life. Often caught between an overwhelming urbanism and intimate brushes with everyday life, the artists offer keen observations, commentaries, and sometimes even deconstructions of contemporary culture and society through their artworks.
Self-proclaimed as “King of Kowloon”, Tsang Tsou-Choi’s works featured in the exhibition INK CITY. He has spent years covering electrical utility boxes around Hong Kong with wild graffiti-like calligraphy. For decades since the 1950s, to the frustration of the authorities, these writings appeared all over the city on public surfaces and were viewed as a visual symbol of Hong Kong. What is most defining in these works by Tsang Tsou-Choi is that his activities did not take place in officially recognised art venues nor were they intended to be seen as artwork. Yet as the curator and writer Hou Hanru astutely affirms, Tsang “is a genuine insider of a specific social reality in a city like Hong Kong, where the real creative energy and efficient modi operandi exist and function exactly in the space beyond the officially sanctioned rules. A grassroots culture of independent thinking and action, the culture of DIY (Do-It-Yourself), is the very core of everyday life.”
As 2021 marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Tsang Tsou-choi, we invite guests from various fields who are familiar with Tsang to share their stories of Tsang with the audience:
Morning Section Rundown
Film Screening: King of Kowloon
|10:30am-12pm||Lau Kin Wai: Ink Art Now and King of Kowloon|
anothermountainman (Stanley Wong): King and Mountain Man Spent A Day Together
Afternoon Section Rundown
Jehan Chu: Activating the Past: The Future of the King of Kowloon Community
|3pm-4pm||Joel Chung: The (In)Visible|
MC Yan: King of Kowloon and Graffiti Culture
This event will be conducted in Cantonese and English, with simultaneous interpretation.
*Tai Kwun will adhere to the latest health and safety regulations and enforce social distancing measures.