The first iteration of a ten-year-long project, Heman Chong‘s The Library of Unread Books develops from the artist’s deep-seated longing for books. It is a members-only reference library made up of donated books that are unread by their previous owners. The cost of a lifetime membership to the library is the donation of one unread book. By receiving and revealing that which people choose not to read, the Library is the result of a collective gesture and traces the perimeters of unwanted knowledge. Managed in collaboration with chief librarian Renée Staal, the library is open every Friday from 12.00pm to 12.00am until the end of February.
Heman Chong (b. 1977, Malaysia/Singapore) is a Singaporean artist, writer, and curator whose practice develops across a variety of media. He often works as a facilitator of situations in which new narratives and forms of intellectual exchange are enacted to rethink conventional modes of sharing and transmitting knowledge. He has held solo exhibitions in institutions such as Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai, China (2016); Art Sonje Center, Seoul, Korea (2015); and The Reading Room, Bangkok, Thailand (2013).