Room 118, Titanic Hotel, Stanley Dock, Regent Road, Liverpool, L30AN is a series of photographs created during a 10-day residency in Liverpool in January 2017. Ching transformed a newly refurbished hotel room into a pinhole camera capturing the historic dock area in transformation. A 200-year old warehouse is transformed into a modern hotel, serving people and the city in a new way. Like a warehouse, a hotel is transient by nature, providing a short accommodation.
The exhibition presents newly commissioned work made in the Port of Liverpool building alongside interiors and buildings of Hong Kong. Composite images of old colonial buildings are made to explore continuous shifts between dereliction and redevelopment towards a new identity. Through the medium of photography, Wong continues her journey of revealing cultural and artistic issues.
Derek is Hong Kong born but has lived in London for the last 6 years. His project can be viewed from the perspective of an expatriate returning to his homeland to record how rapidly Hong Kong is changing. His work explores the housing landscape in Hong Kong – at once a basic human need and private imperative, the housing issue is one that affects people in Hong Kong, Liverpool and the world over.
The digital world is where most of our exchange through photography now happens. Work by Yan Preston, Virgile Bertrand and other LOOK/17 photographers is presented alongside a response to the festival themes by photography students at the University of Salford, a micro-commission made in Hong Kong by Declan Connolly and work from the open call.
Hong Kong is known for its glamorous night scene and highly efficient transport system, however none of these interested German born Hong Kong based photographer Michael Wolf. He is more interested in the backstage scene – the back alley. Hong Kong Break reveals the untidy, chaotic hidden part of the city, and how people find a moment of relaxation in this hectic city that never stops.
Lau Chi Chung’s work engages with the past through fictional re-presentation. He creates a new story from the daily life of unrelated ordinary people in Hong Kong in the format of a family album, by juxtaposing carefully selected old photographs of anonymous residents – discovered through treasure hunts in various flea markets – with new photos made by Lau in abandoned sites in Hong Kong.
The Umbrella Salad is a series of black and white photographs and videos capturing scenes of the Occupy Movement in Hong Kong. Unlike the documentary approach taken by most photographers to record the events, Ho used an indirect method filled with symbols and metaphors to represent his personal experiences and the forces involved in the movement.
Yau Leung used photography to record the essence of Hong Kong from the 60s to the 90s, as it evolved into a global hub of exchange. Born in 1941, Leung is considered one of the most significant and accomplished documentary photographers in Hong Kong who continued with his lifelong project photographing the city until the time of his accidental and unfortunate death in 1997.
In this series, Michael Wolf draws our attention to Hong Kong’s urban corners and buildings that are often overlooked in this high-density metropolis. Elegant yet understated, these mixed use residential – commercial buildings have been articulating the street corners quietly since the 1950s. The urban chaos manifested on their facades give Hong Kong its endearing quality.
Hong Kong photographer Ho Fan uses patience and an eye for ‘the decisive moment’; often a collision of the unexpected, framed against an urban background of geometry and texture.
His works are premiered alongside a selection of photographs from the Open Eye Gallery archive, selected by curator and illustrator Charlotte Tsang, reflecting on growing up in Liverpool as a second generation Hong Kong person.
British-Chinese photographer Yan Preston has made a series of photographs with the contemporary Chinese community in Liverpool. Her project is accompanied by an online WeChat platform, where we encourage and host a photographic exchange between China and Liverpool. Photographs & text from the account will be shared across digital sites in LOOK/17, search for Subscription Account LOOKphotofest.
Photographer Virgile Simon Bertrand joins Curator Davina Lee to consider the urban geography of Hong Kong housing. The project takes its title from the origins of the public housing estate, Choi Hung built in 1959 to house, according to the British colonial government’s yardstick, a population of 43,720 “about the size of Dartford” in just 11 ultra-high density apartment blocks.
The project will be released digitally across social media and screens throughout the course of the festival.
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