A room with a view explores vanishing spaces in Hong Kong through the lenses of six female photographers. Spanning photography, video and installation, the works present the photographers’ personal experiences and memories of these spaces.
The exhibition takes as its point of departure Ackbar Abbas’s text ‘Hong Kong: Culture and the politics of disappearance‘ (1997), in which he describes how buildings and spaces in Hong Kong have come to signify what no longer exists. Highlighting shifts of symbolism and power, the works show the impact of politics and urban regeneration on the physical and psychological landscape of the city. In documenting these spaces and the ways in which they have changed over time, the exhibition creates a psychogeography of Hong Kong across generations.
About the Curator
Carol Chow Pui Ha (b. 1972, Hong Kong) is a lecturer and a researcher at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
After obtaining her PhD in Communication (2012) from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and Master of Visual Arts from Hong Kong Baptist University (2014), she endeavors to employ image for social research.
Her recent study examines the life of foreign domestic helpers in Hong Kong and migrant workers in a film studio in China. In 2013, she started her curatorial practice in order to extend the academic discussion on social issues to the public. She has curated the following exhibitions: Voice of Tacitness: Asian Female Photographers Exhibition for Dali International Photo Festival (2013) and Hong Kong International Photo Festival (2014), and a Room with a View: Her-Hong-Kong-Stories through the Lens of Six Female Artists (2015).