Chan Ka Kiu | Don’t come so fast, darling

Mar 27, 2019 – Mar 31, 2019
Booth P4
Institutions & Bookstores Area, Level 1 Concourse
Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre
Art Basel in Hong Kong 2019

Para Site is delighted to present Don’t come so fast, darling, the first solo exhibition by Hong Kong artist Chan Ka Kiu at Art Basel in Hong Kong 2019. The exhibition, curated by Qu Chang, presents a selection of Chan’s video, installation, photographic, and performance works from 2017 onwards, including newly commissioned pieces as well as never before shown earlier works. Reflecting on recent personal experiences, and pointing to the absurdity and paradoxes hidden within routine, Chan playfully juxtaposes seemingly unrelated scenarios in everyday life. These include the cycle of desire and tedium of living in a modern metropolis like Hong Kong, the physical and emotional tension in art-making, as well as the intermingled sensations of pleasure and obscenity in love-making. Recreating the atmosphere of a toilet inside the exhibition space, capturing the remnants of abandoned Hong Kong hourly hotel rooms, conveying the touch of a stranger at a massage parlour, and the subtle wrestle between passerby and flyer vendor, Chan’s works in this exhibition elusively stir up a romance between the private and the public, instilling an unexpected intimacy.


Building on its established practice since the fair’s initiation in Hong Kong, Para Site provides the opportunity for emerging local and diasporic artists to experiment and to expand their practice through collaboration and support from Para Site’s curatorial team. Previous years featured artists: Law Yuk Mui, Lau Wai, Sunny Wing Sang Wong, Andio Lai, and Sarah Lai Cheuk Wah, amongst others.

Special thanks to our supporters for making this year’s exhibition possible:
Nick Simunovic
Patricia Crockett
James Lie
AXA Insurance



Para Site Art Space is financially supported by the Art Development Matching Grants Scheme of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region

Founded in 1996, Para Site is Hong Kong’s leading contemporary art centre and one of the oldest and most active independent art institutions in Asia. It produces exhibitions, publications, discursive, and educational projects aimed at forging a critical understanding of local and international phenomena in art and society 


The content of these activities does not reflect the views of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.

About the artist

Chan Ka Kiu (b.1995 Canada, Toronto) graduated in 2017 from the Fine Arts Department at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Her previous exhibitions include A Tree Fell in the Forest, and No One’s There (PSA, Shanghai, 2018) and The Best is Yet to Come (K11 chi art space, Hong Kong, 2017).