the city book hong kong
Imagine the stories a city could tell. A busy street corner, a crumbling wall, an open window — the different stories linked to these ordinary places come from the unique experiences of individuals, and their narratives are what breathe life into the city. Production Q’s THE CITY BOOK unveils these stories through the artwork created by carefully selected artists with strong links to a city. Packaged in a luxurious hardcover format, each THE CITY BOOK explores a city through their perspectives, revealing a facet of the city’s character and identity that travelers may not experience on their own.
Each artist has provided his or her own personal story through quotes, texts, and anecdotes, interpreting themes from heritage to language and identity. These stories are then connected to locations on an illustrated map to provide readers with a tangible guide, allowing a kind of dialogue to emerge between the reader and the artist as the reader navigates the city’s stories through the book.
Unlike standard travel books, the THE CITY BOOK doesn’t simply provide information about local sites and history, leaving the reader to merely be a passive actor who is told what to do and see. Instead, each book provides access to a city’s spirit through the lived experiences and anecdotes that occupy its spaces, with each story specific to the individual who encounters and creates it.
Readers will be able to seamlessly incorporate art into their adventures within a city and, ultimately, add their own narratives, leaving behind their own personal story perhaps to linger for others to discover, as well.
Published 18th December 2015
The City Book
– Packaged in a luxurious hard cover – Fabric – 26x20cm – 150 pages
– Foldable – 11x21cm – open 88x42cm
1500 copies limited edition
The Hong Kong’s edition artists are:
Au Yeung Nai Chim | Enoch Cheung | Evan Wu | Tsang Kin-Wah | Ho Sin Tung | Lau Ching Ping | Romaine Jacquet-Lagreve | Jin Meyerson | Charles Munka | Lok Ming Fung
Theme: Disappearing Hong Kong
Au Yeung Nai Chim – Disapperance | Enoch Cheung – Exodus
Theme: Hong Kong Humor and Culture
Evan Wu – Daily life | Tsang Kin – Wah – Language
Theme: Travellers in Hong Kong
Ho Sin Tung – Adventure | Lau Ching Ping – Memento
Theme: Looking at Hong Kong with a Different Perspective
Romaine Jacquet–Lagreve – Distance | Jin Meyerson – Intensity
Theme: Playing with Hong Kong materials
Charles Munka – Construction | Lok Ming Fung – Tangibility
Au Yeung Nai Chim
One of the elder statesmen of Hong Kong art, Au Yeung Nai Chim began to paint scenes of Hong Kong life in the 1950s and continues to do so to this day. As a young artist, he received awards from the Huanan Art competition in Guangzhou and the Beijing National Youth Art competition. His work has been exhibited at the Hong Kong Museum of Art and the renowned Chinese Art Gallery in Beijing and collected into two publications. Au Yeung received the Medal of Honor from the HKSAR Government in 2008 in recognition of his artistic achievement.
Enoch Cheung received a Fine Art degree and a Masters of Fine Art from RMIT University in Australia, as well as the Chelsea College of Art and Design in London. Cheung’s work includes photography, mixed media, video, and installation. Known as a highly conceptual artist, Cheung’s work explores the significance and symbolism of locations, particularly how they relate to historical context and individual memory.
Evan Wu studied graphic design and jewelry design at the Design First Institute of Art & Design and the Hong Kong Polytechnic University before completing a Fine Art Master’s Degree from RMIT University in 2012. Wu’s keen observation of the local community infuses her delightful work with humor and vivacity, celebrating scenes and events from ordinary life, revealing poignant details.
Tsang Kin- Wah
With a Fine Arts degree from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and a Master’s degree in Book Arts from Camberwell College of Arts, Tsang Kin-Wah blends together text and image and Western and Chinese influences in his Pattern Series artwork. His work invites a progression of interpretations, which range from the personal to a larger cultural and linguistic context.
Ho Sin Tung
Ho Sin Tung’s artistic training began at the precocious age of three at painter Gaylord Chan’s studio. A graduate of the Chinese University of Hong Kong’s Fine Arts department, Ho’s work ranges from meticulously drawn images using pencil and graphite to video art and process-led projects. Ho’s work is characterized by a strong narrative line within a particular context, as well as a sense of humor.
Lau Ching Ping
Lau Ching Ping graduated from Hong Kong Polytechnic, majoring in design and photography. He is deeply involved in the Hong Kong arts community, from co-editing an arts and culture magazine to curating Gallery Z at the Jockey Club Creative Arts Centre. Lau’s work explores issues of identity, space, culture, and history from a distinctly Hong Kong perspective, encouraging dialogue and participation between artists and viewers.
Parisian Romain Jacquet-Lagrèze received a Masters in Multimedia and Art from East Paris University and worked as a graphic artist in Los Angeles and Tokyo before arriving in Hong Kong in 2009. He bought his first reflex camera soon after and began taking photographs of the urban landscape. He has published two books of photography since 2012.
Nomadic artist Jin Meyerson was born in South Korea and grew up in Minnesota, completing a BFA from Minneapolis College of Art and Design and an MFA from Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Meyerson was one of the first artists to use Adobe Photoshop in his work to layer and manipulate multiple images from various sources, creating his distinctively manic and motion-driven canvases.
Born in France, Charles Munka grew up fascinated by both Japanese manga and European classics. After finishing art school, Munka moved to Japan, where he worked as an artist in the video game industry, before relocating to Shanghai, and now Hong Kong. Munka’s work draws on the architecture and urban landscapes of the Asian metropolis, pop culture, and ancient European mythology.
Lok Ming Fung
British-born ceramic designer and maker Lok Ming Fung graduated from Central St. Martins in 2007 with a degree in Ceramics. Known for pieces that focus on the effects of texture and glaze, Fung’s painstakingly handcrafted work can be found at retailers in England, USA, Germany, Holland and Hong Kong. Her bespoke tableware can be found at high-end restaurants in both London and Hong Kong.