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Booked: Tai Kwun Contemporary’s Hong Kong Art Book Fair

11–13 January 2019
Friday to Sunday

Friday 11 January 1 – 9 pm 
Saturday 12 January 11 am – 9 pm 
Sunday 13 January 11 am – 7 pm

JC Contemporary
Tai Kwun, 10 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong

HKD$20/per ticket 
HKD$10/per ticket for children under 18, students and seniors
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The inaugural Booked: Tai Kwun Contemporary’s Hong Kong Art Book Fair brings together over 60 art book publishers, artists and exhibitors from Hong Kong, the region and the world for the first time, to share their work in publishing and art through the medium of books. The art book fair takes place from 11 to 13 January 2019 within the JC Contemporary building, designed by Herzog & de Meuron and situated within Tai Kwun, the restored Central Police Station compound in the heart of Central, Hong Kong. As a landmark revitalisation project, Tai Kwun has welcomed well over one million visitors since opening in May 2018.

As an annual three-day event, Booked aspires to create a platform for art book publishers and artists to display their range of works, from photography books, art albums, art historical and theoretical texts, to zines, and objects of art known as artists’ books. This art book fair also offers an extensive public programme of talks, book launches, workshops, performances and special projects.

In presenting a wide range of books for the public to enjoy and to use as resources for learning and research, some of the books to be displayed at Booked are also included as part of the Artists’ Book Library—an ongoing collection of Asian artists’ books and an integral part of the programme at Tai Kwun Contemporary.

Absurd TRAX (Hong Kong), ACO Books (Hong Kong), (Mandaluyong City), Art Metropole (Toronto), Asia Art Archive (Hong Kong), Asia One Books | Thames & Hudson (Hong Kong), BANANAFISH BOOKS (Shanghai), BANGKOK CITYCITY GALLERY (Bangkok), BOM DIA BOA TARDE BOA NOITE / Elgarafi (Berlin), Book Society (Seoul), brownie publishing (Hong Kong), Case Publishing (Tokyo), Chan Wai Kwong (Hong Kong), Blythe Cheung (Hong Kong), Chow San (Hong Kong), Communal Table (International), David Zwirner Books (New York), Dialect (Macau), dmp editions (Taipei), Dolphins (Hong Kong), Dreamer FTY + abC (art book in China) Art Book Fair (Beijing), ECU Press / READ Books (Vancouver), Empty Gallery (Hong Kong), Fillip (Vancouver), Silas Fong (Hong Kong), Foto Féminas (Hong Kong), Fully Booked (Dubai), Hanart TZ Gallery (Hong Kong), Hardworking Goodlooking (Tropical Diaspora), HATO Press (London), Jiazazhi (Ningbo), Kubrick (Hong Kong), Lubok Verlag (Leipzig), MAP Office / MAP Book Publishers (Hong Kong), MCCM Creations (Hong Kong), mini press (Hong Kong), MOSSES (Hong Kong), Motto (Berlin), New Documents (Los Angeles), Nieves (Zurich), onestar / Three Star (Paris), Onion Peterman (Hong Kong), Para Site (Hong Kong), PERROTIN (Hong Kong), Ping Pong (Hong Kong), Primary Information (New York), Printed Matter (New York), Queer Reads Library (Hong Kong), ROMA Publications (Amsterdam), RONDADE (Tokyo), Russian Independent SelfPublished (Moscow), The Salt Yard (Hong Kong), shashasha (Tokyo), the shop (Guangzhou), Soft D Press (Hong Kong), soundpocket (Hong Kong), Sternberg Press (Berlin), TASCHEN (Hong Kong), Three Shadows Photography Art Centre (Beijing), Triple Canopy (New York), Zen Foto (Tokyo), Zine Coop (Hong Kong)

Displays & Special Projects
Displays: Art Booked Bags; Cover to Cover, Academy of Visual Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University (Hong Kong); Heap of Language (in Light): Iftikhar Dadi & Elizabeth Dadi, Ko Sin Tung, João Vasco Paiva, Gabriel Rico (Hong Kong); Let’s take it back to the ’70s…, Ranee Ng Sio-ieng (Hong Kong)

Projects: say, Listen, soundpocket (Hong Kong); sticker edition, Dolphins (Hong Kong); Under the Bed: The Past Fights, C&G Artpartment (Hong Kong)

Art Magazine Station
ArtAsiaPacific, Artforum / Artforum China, Artomity, Fleurs des Lettres, frieze, Kaleidoscope / Kaleidoscope Asia, Ocula, Ran Dian, White Fungus, Yishu

Talks and Performances
Ongoing Performance: Market Research by Display Distribute

Friday 11 January 2019
8 – 9 pm 
Opening Performance: The Great △ (Makoto Oshiro / Takahiro Kawaguchi / Satoshi Yashiro)

Saturday 12 January 2019
10 am – 12 pm
Workshop: Pirate Deep Listening with Clara Balaguer (Hardworking Goodlooking) (special registration required for early entry:

1 – 2 pm
Talk: Max Schumann (Printed Matter)

2 – 3 pm
Discussion: Fair Trade: Art Book Fairs around the World

3.30 – 4.30 pm
Discussion: Self-Publishing in Asia

4 – 5 pm
Book Launch: Ping Pong

5 – 6 pm
Lecture Performance: Bending the air, again, by Cédric Maridet

5 – 7 pm
Workshop: Book-Binding with Percy So (registration required:

6 – 7 pm
Book Launch: Tomato Grey

7 – 8 pm
Lecture Performance: Outside the Hit Factory, by Alexander Provan (Triple Canopy)

8 – 9 pm
Music Performance: Absurd TRAX 

Sunday 13 January 2019
11 am – 1 pm
Workshop: Book-Binding with Percy So (registration required:

12 – 1 pm
Discussion: Loudspeaking: Dissemination Tactics of Sounds and Texts

1 – 2 pm
Book Launch: Boy Vereecken

2 – 3 pm
Lecture Performance: De-Romanticising Self-Reliance, by Hardworking Goodlooking

3 – 4 pm
Conversation: onestar / Three Star with John Tain (Asia Art Archive)

4 – 5 pm
Performance: OF81, by Blythe Cheung 

5 – 6 pm
Discussion: Ephemera, at the Edge

6 – 7 pm
Talk: The Serving Library: From Time to Translation

9 – 11 pm
Closing Music Performances: DJ Freckles, DJ username, NYPD  

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