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重建/見  re:DeveŁepwent

22.1 – 14.2.2016

Running exhibitions on the same theme repeatedly for six year is not easy. Being able to keep it fresh and relevant in its sixth edition is exceptional. Initiated in 2008, the Kwun Tong Yue Man Square Redevelopment Documentation Project has achieved just that.

To this group of keen city observers, what’s going on at Yue Man Square has been a curious case of “conceptual deflection” : the vibrancy of the streets, the food stalls selling local delicacies, the hard-working, self-reliant hawkers, whose perseverance symbolises the traditional can-do spirit of Hong Kong, the way of life for generations, the energy, the liveliness — all gone into history in the name of “redevelopment”.

To make a mockery of the incomprehensible, baffling business under way, they adopted the “re:DeveŁepwent” as the exhibition title, which expresses stringently the vast distortion they have witnessed, all the while bringing out the urgency and necessity of mobilising public intervention in the urban renewal discourses.

EXHIBITING ARTISTS
Chow Wai Ho, Chris
Kwok Ka Ho, Chris
Lam Kam Kwan
Lau Tin Lun, Dick
Tsang Wing Kai, Leo
Wong Ka Ho, William
Yiu Wai Chi, Brian

Tutor / Curator: Leon Suen

Opening Reception
22.1.2016 Fri 6 – 8 pm

Exhibition Period
22.1-14.2.2016

Field Trip: Revisiting Kwun Tong
Guided by the artists, participants will be taken to observe the Kwun Tong redevelopment in-depth from some unusual perspectives.

Date: 30.1.2016  Sat
Time: 2-4 pm
Place: Kwun Tong
Quota: 10
Charge: Free
Registration: 2777 8766 / monfu@lumenvisum.org
(The visit will be conducted in Cantonese. Please contact us in advance if you have any special language needs.)


Artists’ Biographies and Statements


Chow Wai Ho
, Chris

Growing up in Kwun Tong in the Eighties, the images of the daily life at Yu Man Square constitute a core part of Chow’s personal memories. Through this documentation project he attempts to capture with lens the different phases of the place’s transformation.

Yue Man Square has since 2000 undergone again a large-scale urban renewal. In this process, the infrastructures have been reallocated, with the ‘kai fongs’ adapting to the changes, driving the community make-over. Gaps are formed between the people and the things, the new and the old, and the past and the future. The photo album exhibited presents in various themes the transient time-spaces formed when these two forces meet. Through different orders of reading, such time-spaces are re-constructed in the mind of the readers, revealing to them the multi-faceted aspects of the Yue Man Square redevelopment.

Kwok Ka Ho, Chris


A science teacher born in 1980s, Kwok used to look at the world with a logical mind. Until a few years ago, he encountered photography by chance, since then he has learnt to observe his surroundings with heart.

Memories fade away with time. However, they can be recalled with pictures.
While the Yue Man Square redevelopment is still ongoing, it seems our memories of the life before are already turning into pale colours.
Revisiting these old photographs, does it bring to mind anything?”

 

Lam Kam Kwan


Graduated from Hong Kong Baptist University and Goldsmiths College, University of London, Lam has curated a photography project for visually-impaired students titled “Luminance Touched.”

Since I took part in this project, Yue Man Square has manifested different faces in different stages: from confrontation, compromise, to demolition and reconstruction. The facts remain silent. By the time actuality is turned into images, all has become stories. People change, but things stay the same. Revisiting these images, I found that I was not only making records of the things and people past but also of what on my mind the moment I clicked. Through this tiny exhibit, I am glad to reminisce all these moments of touch I’ve had, and to recollect all these fragments of my life, seeing myself in them.”  

Lau Tin Lun, Dick


Member of Hong Kong International Photography Festival and Photography tutor of Government Social Welfare Department youth probationers as well as Ebenezer School’s photography project for the visually impaired. Group exhibitions include Kwun Tong Redevelopment Documentation Project Exhibitions (Lumenvisum, 2010-2015), “Photo Reading Room” (JCCAC, 2014) and the one curated by Lau Ching Ping at Eslite Hong Kong in 2013.

My participation in this Documentation Project has come to the sixth year – from the day the redevelopment took off, the houses and shops being acquired and later demolished, up to the current, I have felt in my gut the waiting, changing, despair and longing, as if I were one of those affected. From getting acquainted with the bazaar hawkers to picturing their daily lives, I’ve learnt of their different stories, the different ways they’re parting. They endure it like ‘midlife crises’ – being forced to accept the changes they don’t desire, having to go through ‘re-training’ and accept the new environment and new challenges. Will we only be satisfied when all our communities got turned into ‘e-city,’ when all our hawker bazaars got turned to chain stores? When the kaifongs and hawkers who have spent decades of their lives in this place are made to leave, what can be kept ultimately? What can we get after this redevelopment?

 

Tsang Wing Kai, Leo


Tsang exhibited solo twice at Fringe Club in 1985 and 86, in titles “In Sight” and “Close Look” respectively. He was an active member of Photo Art League and has collaborated with Hong Kong Arts Centre for workshops on documentary photography. A longtime voluntary photographer for aid organisations such as Oxfam and Plan, he’s published a photo book called Kids Alike on the ethnic minorities in Hong Kong with Oxfam.

This project documents an old community in vanish due to urban expansion. The redevelopment of Yue Man Square is changing the way the bazaar hawkers make their living and people live. The community is being engulfed by urban renewal, leaving only our impressions and memories of it kept in these images.
Wong Ka Ho, William


A new media artist and creative coder with interests in interactive installations, online-offline experiments and tangible user interfaces. Currently reading MA in Visual Arts at Hong Kong Baptist University.

Ever since the Kwun Tong Town Centre Development Project commenced, Yue Man Square has undergone a total facelift. The people moved out, the buildings pulled down, the bazaar hawkers went their separate ways. Nowadays, the Yue Man Square is still as bustling as ever. Crowds of people still hustle around it every day, on their way to work, on their way back home. Eateries are still jam-packed with customers. Commuters from the surrounding industrial and residential areas have been keeping this transport hub busy, though they might not know to this place they are not only its guests, but also its owners.

In the exhibition, I am showing my picture of Yue Man Square taken from 2012 up to currently in loop motion, to bring out the transitions of the people, the place and time.


Yiu Wai Chi
, Brian

Yiu is a photography amateur and Kwun Tong resident of over twenty years. In 2009, he joined Lumenvisum’s Kwun Tong 24 Hours Photo Adventure after learning about the Kwun Tong redevelopment plan. He joined this documentation project two years ago, since then has been making records of this gradually transforming, estranging community.

What is ‘redevelopment’? Taking down the old buildings, erecting the new ones, bringing back the old residents and hence improving their life quality. This all should be done with the people in it in mind. Nevertheless, once the new buildings are completed, how many of the original residents can afford living there again? After all, is this redevelopment plan really for the people? Are those affected informed enough of the scheme? Do they have enough chance to participate in the planning process? Now that all is all nailed down, we are only left to fathom Yue Man Square’s future through the bleak hole at the construction site.

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[cover photo] William Wong | Transition | 2015 | digital image