AAA’s inaugural Try Try Zine Residency Sharing features Jay Lau Ka Chun and Liu Nanxi. These two zine residents were selected through an open call, which tasked them with creating a zine that responds to AAA’s digital and physical collections. For this culminating sharing session, Lau and Liu discuss the zines they created, the collection materials they engaged during their residency, and some insights on their publishing ethos.
Lau presents his process of creating a woodblock print zine, which replicates post-war Chinese propaganda materials hosted in AAA Collections, and rearranges them into a comic film-still sequence.
Liu and guest speaker Lo Keng Chi host a discussion centred on accessibility and Disability arts, which serves as an extension to an ongoing book club with Disability communities.
The presentations are followed by a conversation with the residents, moderated by AAA Zine Librarian Sam Chao.
The event will be conducted in Cantonese, with Hong Kong Sign Language interpretation available.
Liu Nanxi is a community art worker, researcher, curator, Hong Kong Sign Language learner (Advanced V), and part-time lecturer of socially engaged art in the Department of Visual Studies at Lingnan University. Since 2013, she has been involved in arts for empowerment and inclusivity initiatives. Her research and practice relates to socially engaged art, psychoanalysis, domestic violence, art therapy, Disability politics, and community arts. Her publications include contributions in An Individual as a Society (2021), i-dArt The 2nd Art Course (4-Year) 2015-2019: Class Notes (2020), and Gwo Bean Vol 1 and 2 (2022).
Lo Keng Chi is a poet, curator, and a rare disease patient. He can only see light and shadow, but is severely sensitive to light and sound. He has suffered from nerve sensitivity for the past twenty years and often experiences intense pain, but has been unable to identify the cause. Lo’s experience with multiple illnesses has expanded his sensory perception to better understand the needs of people with different disabilities. Lo was the curator of the 6th Touch Art Festival, promoting tactile art to encourage more people to use their senses beyond the visual to engage with and understand the world.
Jay Lau Ka Chun’s practice investigates the techniques of printmaking, photography, and moulding, emphasising the physical properties and cultural significance of the materials used in order to highlight the productive friction that emerges from interactions between materials and imagery. Lau earned a BA from The Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2019, and was the recipient of Hong Kong Open Printshop’s Hong Kong Fine Print Award in the same year. He is currently pursuing an MFA at The Chinese University of Hong Kong.