Free Parking: Art Libraries from Elsewhere is a programme including a series of exhibitions located in the Asia Art Archive library that features 'art libraries from elsewhere' in conversation with the AAA collection in Hong Kong.
The inaugural presentation highlights books and ephemera from past and present editions of AAA's Mobile Library and runs concurrently to the exchange programme in Myanmar from November 2014 through March 2015.
Mobile Library is a periodic initiative organised in partnership with cultural collaborators in different countries throughout Asia to provide a platform for the exchange of ideas. By co-organising events and enabling the circulation of printed matter, this programme activates new possibilities to engage with art as a form of knowledge.
On view are select copies of books included as part of AAA’s current Mobile Library: Myanmar. Over 450 publications—from periodicals, artist monographs, and exhibition catalogues, to books on theory, philosophy, independent art spaces, curating, and archives—have been gifted to the emerging non-profit Myanmar Art Resource Center and Archive. MARCA, having translated synopses for many of the books into Burmese, will circulate the entire book collection to Goethe-Institut, Myanmar Deitta, National University of Arts and Culture, New Zero Art Space, Pansodan Scene, and TS1 Gallery in Yangon before moving on to various locations in Mandalay.
Also featured are publications donated and received from prior editions of the programme, including Mobile Library: Vietnam with Sàn Art in Ho Chi Minh City (2011) and Mobile Library: Sri Lanka with Raking Leaves in Jaffna and Colombo (2013).
Complementing the presentation are personal selections from the home libraries of Burmese artists whose literature, comics, and art volumes freely circulated from home to home, often bypassing censors even while inspiring works that did not.