09 Habits and Customs

"Habits and Customs.." 2016, installation view, KADIST (Paris).

“Habits and Customs…” 2016, installation view, KADIST (Paris). Photo by Aurélien Mole.

Habits and Customs, installation view, KADIST, 2016.

“Habits and Customs…” 2016, installation view, KADIST (Paris). Photo by Aurélien Mole.

Lu Huanzhi

Lu Huanzhi, Ho Tzu Nyen, Irena Haiduk,
Li Liao, Siniša Ilić, Eva Barto

“Habits and customs of _______ are so different
from ours that we visit them with the same
sentiment that we visit exhibitions”

Softcover, variable pp, 148mm x 210mm
Risograph cover, 5 x BW digital print booklets
Edition of 500 (variable content) + perpetual pdf
Design: 3-ply, Toby Tam and Biljana Ciric
Editors: Biljana Ciric and Fayen d’Evie
Published by Kadist Art Foundation and 3-ply, 2016
ISBN 978-2-917385-12-8
RRP € 20.00 per print edition set
Free pdf download (selected booklets)


Buried Alive by Lu Huanzhi (View pdf here)
《活埋》, 作者:陆换之 (中文版PDF)
Fragments From A Critical Dictionary of
Southeast Asia
by Ho Tzu Nyen (View pdf here)
Yugoexport by Irena Haiduk
Art is Void by Li Liao (View pdf here)
We Will Discuss Friendship? by Siniša Ilić
[….] by Eva Barto


“Habits and customs of _______ are so different from ours so that we visit them with the same sentiment that we visit exhibitions” is the shared title of two interwoven experiments with curatorial form. The first is an exhibition curated by Biljana Ciric at Kadist Art Foundation, Paris, February 20 – April 30, 2016, featuring works by 3-ply, Irena Haiduk, Ho Tzu Nyen, Siniša Ilić, Li Liao, Lu Huanzhi, and ocurrences of works by Eva Barto. The second is this publication, which constitutes 3-ply’s contribution to the aforementioned exhibition.

On the list of works for the Paris exhibition, 3-ply’s contribution is titled Habits and Customs…/ Gifts for Asylum Seekers on Manus Island and Nauru. The design and structure of the publication has been modelled after packaged gifts of clothing, snacks, vitamins, art supplies and toys, which facebook groups of Australian volunteers solicit and mail to asylum seekers detained on Manus Island and Nauru. Along the way, donated items disappear, procured for personal use by customs agents or camp security, or confiscated for fluctuating security regulations. The postal declaration of contents acts as an archival trace of intention and precarity, with absences signalling the material chain of handling and mishandling, and casual observers profiting from the iterative objectification of distant others. 3-ply’s share of proceeds from sales of this publication will be donated to the purchase of phone credits for asylum seekers.


  • 19 Feb 2016 @ Kadist Art Foundation, Paris: Launch of Buried Alive by Lu Huanzhi, Yugoexport by Irena Haiduk, and Fragments From A Critical Dictionary of Southeast Asia by Ho Tzu Nyen.
  • Apr 2016 @ Kadist Art Foundation, Paris: Launch of Rather Turn on a Cellphone, than Bore a Hole in the Wall to Get Some Light from a Neighbour’s House by Li Liao, We Will Discuss Friendship? by Siniša Ilić, and [….] by Eva Barto.
  • 1 May 2016 @ Melbourne Art Book Fair, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne: Launch of completed publication,
    at the culmination of a panel on ‘Publication as a Curatorial Form’ convened by Fayen d’Evie (3-ply).