A quick digest of the coolest weekend happenings in Hong Kong.
Friday, January 11
Fans of photography books, art albums, art historical and theoretical texts, zines, and other type of art-related books, here’s your goldmine. Hong Kong’s arts and heritage hub, Tai Kwun, will host its inaugural art book fair, which brings together more than 60 art book publishers, artists, and exhibitors from around the world (many from Hong Kong, of course) for the first time, to share their work in publishing and art. The three-day event is intended to create a platform for art book publishers and artists to display their range of works. There will also be talks, book launches, workshops, performances and special projects.
1pm to 9pm on Friday, 11am to 9pm on Saturday, 11am to 7pm on Sunday at, JC Contemporary, Tai Kwun Contemporary, 10 Hollywood Rd, Central. HK$20 (regular), HK$10 (students, seniors or children).
Wontonmeen is a hostel that’s hosted a slew of small and intimate jazz nights, and this weekend they’re back with another session. If you’re in the mood for experimental jazz, local pianist Bowen Li will be performing with drummer Samuel Chan and bassist Lui Ngao Yuen.
8:15pm at XS, G/F 135 Lai Chi Kok Road, Kowloon. Free.
This solo exhibition features a series of oil paintings by Chinese female artist Shen Ling who uses her work to express her interpretation of human complexity.
11am to 7pm at, H Queen’s Hong Kong, 80 Queen’s Road, Central. Free.
Saturday, January 12
This exhibition features work from nine local artists, and is based on the premise: “When you look at a painting, the first thing that you see would be the image itself. But in fact what takes place is a transposition where the viewer enters the artist’s point of view and see what they see.”
Ready for the kicker? The teaser text goes on to explain: “If you have ever flipped over a painting… you will find the structure of the frame is similar to a window.” Featured artists include Ivy Ma (who also curated the exhibition), Tsang Chui Mei, Heung Kin Fung, Sim Chan, Chan Sin Hang, Lau Yin Yeung, Fong Tsz Leong, Kan Kiu Sin and Kong Chun Nga
6am to 8:30pm on Saturday, 11am to 7pm until Tuesday February 12 (closed on Mondays and 5th – 7th February) at, 1a space, Unit 14, Cattle Depot Artist Village, 63 Ma Tau Kok Road, To Kwa Wan, Kowloon. Free.
This exhibition features a collection of 100 photos from more than 40 important fashion photographers working today, in an exhibition that combines fashion photography experience with art and food. The Audience can get up close to iconic fashion images by celebrated photographers Nick Knight, Peter Lindbergh, Miles Aldridge, and more, and by a new generation of talents.
10am to 8pm until Sunday February 24 at, ArtisTree, 1/F Cambridge House, Taikoo Place. Free.
As part of the Fringe Club’s “Jazz-Go-Central, Jazz-Go-Fringe,” Jazz+ is a series of cross-over performances between jazz and other genres that will be happening every month from October until May 2019. The first Jazz+ show of January will also mark the official launch of the latest EP by the band Shaolin Fez, who will perform original symphonic jazz rock music, which features a 14-piece orchestra and the vocals of singer Jennifer Palor.
9:30pm-11:30pm at, Fringe Dairy, The Hong Kong Fringe Club, 2 Lower Albert Road, Central. HK$220 (On the day) HK$200 (Advance, and Fringe members) HK$150 (Students).
Second-hand English bookshop Bleak House Books will host the book launch of Chungking Mansions: Photographs from Hong Kong’s Last Ghetto, a photography book by Nana Chen, featuring snapshots of the building that has captured the public imagination and enthralled visitors over the years. There will be wine at this event.
5pm to 7pm at, Bleak House Books, Unit 2705, 9 Pat Tat Street, Well Tech Centre, San Po Kong. Free.
Sunday, January 13
There will be live music, dancing, fun workshops, and so much more at this event. Bands and artists who will performing include the Cris Derksen Trio from Canada, local post-punk band David Boring, local RnB Group Dusty Bottle, local acoustic pop duo Winter Bagels and more. Those who want to take part in some of the workshops on offer need to register online here.
2pm to 7:15pm at, West Kowloon Cultural District, West Kowloon Cultural District, Kowloon. Free.
The exhibition features Takashi Hara’s porcelain sculptures and abstract expressionistic paintings, and is the first of two solo shows in Hong Kong and Paris. Each piece of work features images of pigs, which have been placed in settings that unsettle the dust on some situations, and shed light on to others to prompt a deeper level of audience engagement.
12am to 8pm until Sunday February 17 at, A2Z Art Gallery HK, 41 Gough Street, Central. Free.