Ifs, Ands, or Buts
Li Qi (Ed.)
Heman Chong’s first solo museum exhibition at the Rockbund Art Museum (2016), Shanghai, China, provides an insightful and critical look into the Singaporean artist’s recent practice. To address the centrality of language, books, and the act of reading in Chong’s oeuvre, the eponymous publication features newly commissioned texts from a variety of contributors: an introduction by museum director Larys Frogier, and essays by the exhibition’s curator Li Qi, Hong Kong–based curator and critic Pauline J. Yao, and new York–based curator Weng Xiaoyu. The texts are rounded out with a piece of semi-fiction by Ken Liu, a Boston-based lawyer, science- ction writer, and translator, who played a central role in realizing Legal Bookshop (Shanghai), one of the works featured in the exhibition. Chong has had solo exhibitions at South London Gallery (London, 2015), Art Sonje Center (Seoul, 2015), P! (New York, 2014), The Reading Room (Bangkok), Art in General (New York, 2007), and group exhibitions at Tate Modern (London), New Museum (New York), San Francisco Asian Art Museum, and the Hamburger Bahnhof (Berlin), among many others.
English & Simple Chinese / Flexicover
6 ½ x 9 in. / 208 pp / Full color
Retail Price: $35.00
ROCKBUND ART MUSEUM, SHANGHAI
Small white Monkeys: On Self-expression, Self-help and Shame
Small White Monkeys is a fragmented essay that includes poems and images on self- expression, self-help, and shame. Beginning with the image of small white monkeys, the text examines the author’s relationship with shame through a series of short studies on cats, hair as a metonym for the self in poetry and fiction, and perceptions of sexual violence, among other things. Using the Glasgow Women’s Library’s Archive Collections and Lending Library for research, Collins incorporates material from the library’s archives and the work of female creators past and present, including Anna Mendelssohn, Jean Rhys, Selima Hill, Adrian Piper, June Jordan, Denise Riley, Vahni Capildeo, and Veronica Forrest-Thomson. Based in Edinburgh, Collins is the editor of Currently & Emotion, an anthology of contemporary poetry translations. She was featured in Penguin Modern Poets 1, alongside work by Anne Carson and Emily Berry, and has been recognized for her extensive poetic works.
5 x 7 ¾ in. / 88 pp / 40 b&w
Retail Price: $26.00