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Publication: “OUTCAST”

As a monograph of Hong Kong artist LEE Kai-chung’s research-based art project The Narrow Road to the Deep Sea (2019 to 2021), OUTCAST comprises historical and archival research, fieldwork, interviews, conversations, documentation of exhibitions and public projects, exhibition reviews, transcripts of sound installations and more.

The Narrow Road to the Deep Sea is the second of Lee’s ‘Displacement‘ hexalogy. The project begins with memories of the artist’s drawing class at his secondary school in the 1990s, revealing how the school was used as the Fourth Army Hospital during the Japanese occupation, and how Hong Kong became a place to accommodate wounded Japanese soldiers and to research approaches to cope with infectious diseases in Southeast Asia battlefield. After the fall of Hong Kong, in 1942, the Japanese governor attempted to half the population of Hong Kong in an attempt to reduce the cost of governance and daily consumption, as a result, many were forced to leave Hong Kong and seek refuge in Guangdong province. During this period, the Japanese South China Epidemic Prevention and Water Department (Unit 8604) carried out various vivisection tests and bacteriological experiments on the refugees.

This publication is supported by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council.


Publisher: HB Station Contemporary Art Research Center
Book Size: 155 × 210 × 18 mm
Pages: 196
Binding: Perfect binding
Printing: Offset printing
Publication Year: 2021
Language: Traditional Chinese, English
Edition: First Edition
Order: Please fill in the Google Form or email kaiclee13@gmail.com


From March 2022 onwards, all sales from this publication (without deducting any cost) will be donated to war relief.