Tai Kwun dispels virus gloom

Local | Bernard Charnwut Chan 3 Jun 2020

Tai Kwun, the refurbished Central police station complex, has started getting operations back to normal after the coronavirus pandemic.

Guided tours and public workshops will not resume until the end of the month, but the visitor center, heritage storytelling places and JC Contemporary exhibition space are open.

There are several outdoor exhibits in place.

In the parade ground there is a work by local artist Chan Wai Lap called I Will Always Be On Your Side. It's a striking mural-like depiction of a swimming pool in which you can see your reflection.

The prison yard, meanwhile, is hosting a number of pieces by local and international artists.

There are two shows in JC Contemporary.

One is They Do Not Understand Each Other presented by the National Museum of Art in Osaka and the Singapore Art Museum. Featuring works by some 19 artists from various backgrounds, the exhibition explores the concept of cooperation and exchange across cultures.

The other is My Body Holds Its Shape by five international artists, including Hong Kong's Tap Chan.

It is located in F Hall (the printing section and women's block) of the old prison. Curated by Xue Tan, the show is more of an experience than an exhibition and includes sculpture, installations and moving improvisation.

As with most leisure and cultural facilities now, there are extra health and precautionary measures in place. So wear a mask and expect to have your temperature taken in parts of the site. See https://www.taikwun.hk/en/ for details.

Bernard Charnwut Chan is chairman of Tai Kwun Culture & Arts Co Ltd.

standard@bernardchan.com

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