13 Oct 2015
Asia Art Archive presents a short history of the art book bag (and the things that go in them), organised by AAA Public Programmes Curator Ingrid Chu. Using the last 15 years since AAA's inception as a guide, the exhibition explores the popularity of the art book bag and 'the things that go in them'—AAA collection materials, art publications, magazines, clothing, accessories, and ephemera—through an exhibition, zine, talk, and invited contributions to AAA’s e-journal turned blog, Field Notes.
Set against a backdrop evoking Hong Kong street markets are bags from the archives of Asia Art Archive and Art Metropole (Toronto, Canada) alongside other Hong Kong and international contributors. Bags by Art Basel, Art HK, C&G, DIS, East of Borneo, Silas Fong, Dan Graham, Damien Hirst, Jenny Holzer, Jonathan Horowitz, K11 Art Foundation, Lee Kit, Liz Magic Laser, Jose Lerma, Marysia Lewandowska, Louis Vuitton, Barry McGee, Jonathan Monk, Takashi Murakami, New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA), Yoko Ono, Pak Sheung Chuen, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Lawrence Weiner, Haegue Yang, Latitudes, Mark Wallinger, and more are reimagined through their function as 'sites for art', 'carriers of knowledge', 'markers of access', 'badges of dissent', and 'goods of desire'.
A tour of the exhibition (6pm), talk on the role of artist publications in Asia with New York Museum of Modern Art Bibliographer David Senior and Hong Kong creative practitioners (7pm), and reception (8pm) take place on Thursday, 22 Oct 2015.
Chu also invites artists, curators, art book fair organisers, and print and online publishers Stacey Allan, Executive Editor, East of Borneo; Savannah Gorton, Curator, Friends with Books, Art Book Fair Berlin and Co-Director & Curator, Forever & Today, Inc.; Christina Li, Director, Spring Workshop; and others to provide insight into the changing modes of knowledge production and circulation through Field Notes.