"postcards from a library": a project by anita dawood
October - November 2016
Spread out over several weeks, 100 people received seven Postcards from a Library from an anonymous sender. On the eighth and final delivery, they received a letter revealing the sender:
The library at Things That Can Happen is a modest but eclectic collection of books, all with a resonance to Hong Kong. Here in this small, once residential, flat in Sham Shui Po, ideas and narratives jostle together on crates that look like they could be packed and moved away at any time. Graphic novels, zines, artists’ books, science fiction and publications from the city’s past – connections that Things has forged with the artists who have inhabited its space.
More than anything, the library at Things is a view into Hong Kong. Like any library it is a place where picking up and opening a book, and then another… and another, takes you to different places in your mind: Cardboard boxes and roof-top farms, views of the city. Property. Country Parks, the seascape, your past refracted back at you and the strange sensation of feeling Hungarian in Hong Kong. But am I the foreigner or is Hong Kong the outsider — in its own land? And so the Postcards from a Library.
Anita Dawood co-founded the contemporary arts organisation Green Cardamom in London. She developed the organisation’s publication programme, and produced numerous publications. She was based in Hong Kong from 2012-2016 working as an editor and writer and has recently relocated back to London.
With thanks to Edited for their graphic design and generous input on the cards.