The Last Emporium

學者 Ackbar Abbas 在1997年出版《消失的政治》之前,曾臨時地將這本講述香港故事、後來成為他代表作的著作命名為《末代街市》。



Before it was published in 1997 as The Politics of Disappearance, scholar Ackbar Abbas had tentatively titled what was to become his seminal work and story of Hong Kong The Last Emporium.

The Emporium is in fact a journey, and the stories of this fragrant harbour, even its colonial moniker as the ‘Pearl of the East’, have always been attached to the ephemeral, to that which nears but that also leaves—to its own non-sovereignty. This manifestation of The Last Emporium thus engages the shores of the diasporic through the flows of affect and economy, carrying the shards of the ‘mutant political entity’ outward to other cities and unknown futures. It is an expanded objecthood of the material—a research, dialogue, and storytelling narrated in the form of the epistolary address.

Collaged vessels have been cached at specific locations in Hong Kong, Singapore, Shenzhen, Cabanatuan City, Nijmegen and Dallas, for you and others to discover and carry forward, and further serving as keys enabling access to the Emporium’s repository of documents and correspondence. If you have a key pass, please log in to continue their journeys.

The Last Emporium includes the letters and words of

陈嘉璐 CHEN Jialu (carrying Hong Kong and Singapore), Amaya Julia GUTIERREZ (Cabanatuan City), 何穎雅 Elaine W. HO (Hong Kong and Dallas), 瞿畅 QU Chang (Shenzhen), 陈忍霖 Levin TAN (Singapore), 王漢麗 Regina WONG Hon-lai (Dallas), Yin Yin WONG (Nijmegen), and Soledad Dominguez YAPUS (Cabanatuan City)

Material contributions from

ANTARIKSA, 陳穎斯 Cissy CHAN Wing Sze, 周亦瑤 S. Yiyao CHAO, 張欣怡 Jane CHEUNG, 方韻芝 Vangi FONG, and 吴索 Amy Suo WU

Sound and mastering by

何穎雅 Elaine W. HO and NERVE

Featuring the sounds and voices of

陈嘉璐 CHEN Jialu, 何穎雅 Elaine W. HO, 李穎姍 Fiona LEE, 瞿畅 QU Chang, Ying QUE, 王漢麗 Regina WONG Hon-lai, Yin Yin WONG, 楊彥絢 YANG Vicki, Soledad Dominguez YAPUS, and 葉慧 YE Hui

Additional support and assistance from

Annabelle AW, 陈燕 Cyan CHEN, Mish’aal Syed NASAR, 霜爽 SHUANG Shuang, 楊彥絢 YANG Vicki, 楊秀貞 YEUNG Sau-ching, Super Kilogram, and 卓沐曦 ZHUO Muxi has been designed by

Rahul Subhash SHINDE

with coding and development by

Ella HERON, Andy NG Ho Yin, and Mark YIP

Commissioned by CHOI Binna, Nida GHOUSE, June YAP, and Ala YOUNIS as part of Natasha, Singapore Biennale 2022, organised by the Singapore Art Museum, 16 October 2022 to 19 March 2023. The Biennale is commissioned by the National Arts Council, Singapore and supported by the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth, Singapore.