Presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department
Organised by the Hong Kong Fringe Club
In Association with the Art Promotion Office and
the Hong Kong Public Libraries
Solely sponsored by Ms Tsui Li
Leung Ping Kwan (1949 - 2013) was one of the most celebrated men of letters in Hong Kong. Writing mainly in the Chinese language under his pen name Yasi, he was a prolific poet, novelist, essayist, translator, researcher, teacher, scholar, as well as literary, film and cultural critic, photographer and videographer, whose work traversed back and forth comfortably across different media, and geographic and cultural borders. Known as PK to his many friends, his Cantonese language pen name Yasi best describes the spirit behind his work: both Chinese characters, Ya and Si, are what could be described as discourse devices, without any specific meaning. They carry no ideological undertones, nor are they limited by any preconceived ideas or beliefs, much like Leung Ping Kwan the man himself.
In his vision of this exhibition, literature did not rest between the pages of texts, instead it was alive; literature was a part of his dialogue with life — a life full to the brim with not only words or poems, but with images, music, sculpture, photos, dance...
In the exhibition, Journeys of Leung Ping Kwan, more than one hundred works of art, featuring Yasi and his collaborators, will be on display at the Central Library. In Orhan Pamuk's Museum of Innocence, the protagonist Kemal collected objects that enabled him to feel the presence of his woman, Füsun. Likewise, visitors to the Central Library will find exhibits imbued with memories of Yasi the writer and poet, and Yasi the creative artist in dialogue with his friends through their collaborations. These pieces are at once real and symbolic of his creative journey from the east to the west and then back again. At the Fringe Club, another exhibition in his memory, Yasi * We Friend - A Cross-Media Response Exhibition to Leung Ping Kwan, comprises works by his friends, students and readers as dedications and responses.
‘Leung Ping Kwan (1949 - 2013), a Retrospective' is a series of activities arousing public interest in Hong Kong writers, literature and poetry. This program consists of exhibition, poetry recital, poetry reading, literary talk, and creative poetry workshop.
Journeys of Leung Ping Kwan
Date: 10 — 28.1.2014
Time: 11:00am — 8:00pm daily
Venue: Exhibition Gallery, Hong Kong Central Library, 66 Causeway Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
Yasi * We Friend — A Cross-Media Response Exhibition to Leung Ping Kwan
Date: 10 — 28.1.2014
Time: 12:00nn — 10:00pm (Mondays to Saturdays)
Venue: Hong Kong Fringe Club, 2 Lower Albert Road, Central, Hong Kong
Shall We Jam - A Recital of Leung Ping Kwan's Poetry in Song, Dance & Music
Date: 9.1.2014 (Thursday)
Venue: Underground Theatre and Fringe Dairy,
Hong Kong Fringe Club
Artists Andy Wong, Bonnie Chan, Mui Cheuk Yin, Arthur Leung, Tang Shu Wing, Kung Chi Shing, Sonic Calligraphy (Peggy Chew, Adrian Frey) and others explore all sides of poetry with sound, rhythm and body movement.
Multi-lingual Poetry Reading
Date: 11.1.2014 (Saturday)
Venue: Fringe Dairy, Hong Kong Fringe Club
Language: Different languages including Cantonese, Putonghua, English, German, French, Swedish, Korean, Japanese, etc., couple with lighting, projection and musical instruments to voice the complex characteristics of poetry.
The Literary Journeys of Leung Ping Kwan:
Poetry, Fiction, Prose, Film and Food (In Cantonese)
Date: 24.1.2014 (Friday)
Venue: Lecture Theatre, Hong Kong Central Library
Speaker: Dr. Au Chung To, Dr. Chan Chi Tak,
Dr. Wong Shuk Han Mary, Dr. Kwong Ho Yee Connie,
Dr. Siu Yan Ho
Co-organised with the Centre for Humanities Research of Lingnan University
Creative Poetry Workshop (in Cantonese)
Enquiries and Reservations
Tel: 9184 6984