Contemporary artist, performer and director Enoch was commissioned to contribute an interactive audio-walk to the Contagious Cities: Far Away, Too Close exhibition about cities and the history of epidemics hosted by Tai Kwun in 2019.
“This is my fourth visit to Tai Kwun, I had seen it being renovated and now I always bring visitors here. Initially I didn’t know what to expect and was surprised because of the contrast between the colonial and modern buildings — it’s unique and I love that! The atmosphere changes depending on which building you’re in; at the front it’s very relaxing, the prison area is sad, the modern spaces are arty — it’s a sum of very different parts and I like the fusion. I think prisons are interesting; it’s history, hard history, true history but history and it’s good that people get to see this side of Hong Kong. I suggest taking your time as there’s so much to see; when you allow time, it’s easy to explore.”
“I’ve been to Tai Kwun before and I’m here now with friends who are visiting. Although I live overseas, I come to Hong Kong every year and have seen its transformation — it’s well-preserved, informative and clean. It’s quite surprising when you come in from Hollywood Road as it has this open space and doesn’t look or feel like a prison!” Josephine Lau & friends, Hongkongers living overseas
“I always like how in Hong Kong the old meets new and I came to Tai Kwun after reading that it’s one of the ‘top 50 things to do in Hong Kong’. A lot of what you find here is modern and Hong Kong is seen as a modern city, so it’s nice to see a bit of history. I like the buildings, the colonial architecture is really pretty; it’s classic and also vibrant with the open area in the middle.” Farrah Elizabeth de Souza, South African, living in Hong Kong