Since “Hong Kong Water” was presented at Pao Galleries, Hong Kong Arts Centre on April this year. We would like to presenting it again at L0 Gallery, Jockey Club Creative Arts Centre from 24 June to 10 July.
10 March 2011 | Hong Kong – Hong Kong, one of the Asia’s mega-metropolis, is characterized its vertical urbanity and its horizontal alignment to the water. As to bring these two dimensions together, German artist Andreas Müller-Pohle will be presenting a series of photographic and multi-media work taken at the water surface in Hong Kong at the exhibition titled “Hong Kong Waters” at L0 Gallery, Jockey Club Creative Arts Centre from
24 June to 10 July this year.
This is the artist’s second project about the world from the perspective of the water since his “Danube River Project” in 2005. Müller-Pohle used underwater photography, half above and half below the water surface, with the camera adapting to the rhythm of the waves.
“With this same divided perspective, I’m now photographing the huge region of Hong Kong that has the most varied water sources – sea, rivers, canals, waterfalls, reservoirs, and I find it astounding how West and East, Europe and Asia, mirror each other in both projects.” said the artist.
There are three main components, which play an important role in this project: photography, video and sound. The photographic component includes the vertical city, photographed half above the water surface, and the “drowning pictures”, photographed half below the water surface. These were taken at significant spots across the entire urban area, including Hong Kong Island, Kowloon, the New Territories and the wideranging world of islands. Moving images captured by a floating video camera follow the rhythm of the waves and the poetic flow of the water. A soundscape composition, in collaboration with Japanese sound artist Shingo Inao, that mixes recordings of human and non-human sounds from different sources around the waterscape of Hong Kong synthesizes the architecture and the water, social space and an economically used natural element. Together, these three components create a multimedia installation in which photography plays the central role in the form of 40 medium- andlarge-sized images (120 x 80 cm and 90 x 60 cm), accompanied by water-focused videos.
About Andreas Müller-Pohle
Andreas Müller-Pohle was born in Brunswick, Germany, in 1951. He studied economics and communications at the University of Hannover and the University of Göttingen from 1973 to 1979. He is an artist and publisher, and since 1980 the editor of “European Photography” magazine, Göttingen and Berlin. From 1997–2004, Müller-Pohle was a visiting professor at the Higher Institute for Fine Arts, Antwerp, Belgium. He was awarded the Reind M. De Vries Foundation European Photography Prize in 2001. He lives in Berlin and works all over the world.
Date: 24 June – 10 July 2011
Time: 11am – 7pm
Opening: 24 June 2011, 6pm – 8pm
Venue: L0 Gallery, Jockey Club Creative Arts Centre, 30 Pak Tin Street, Shek Kip Mei, Kowloon