Cosmin Costinas, Inti Guerrero & Lesley Ma (Eds.)
Expanded from a touring exhibition originated at Para Site (2013), this part-reader, part-exhibition document critically analyzes the politics of fear in the face of disease and contamination in both the historical and contemporary imagination. Scholars, artists, novelists and journalists begin by addressing Hong Kong’s 200-year history of epidemics—the most recent being the SARS outbreak of 2003, and then tackle the galvanizing power and varied perceptions of contagion in the context of lingering histories, myths, anxieties and memories across the world. While composing a complex picture of the Hong Kong psyche, the contributors speak from a humanistic and global perspective, pointing to the intersections of urban environments and post-colonial psychology, popular culture and racism, public health and migration, national identity and art. Included are excerpts from Taiwan writer Shih Shu-ching’s literary masterpiece, City of the Queen, which vividly portrays the interwoven social relations and colonial structures during the time of the plague, among much more. A chilling but no-holds-barred look at the history of epidemics and their effect on culture.
6 x 8 ½ inches / 192 pp / 31 b&w and 97 color
Retail Price: $36.00
PARA SITE, HONG KONG