Feet Women of China
Lecture by Jo Farrell
At Hong Kong Museum of Medical Science on 24 March at 3-4.30pm
$20 HKD Admission Fee
For the past 13 years Jo Farrell have been photographing some of the last remaining women with bound feet in China. She has interviewed all these women about their foot binding and their lives during the Cultural Revolution and the great famine in China. She has just published a new book illustrated with photos and stories from 50 of these women. The majority are between the ages of 80 and 100 years old and are from Shandong and Yunnan Provinces. These women come from peasant backgrounds and have lived incredible lives working in the fields despite their bound feet. Farrell's work looks beyond their feet and captures a piece of history for generations to come.
About the artist:
Jo Farrell is an award-winning black and white photographer and cultural anthropologist. Born in London, England she has been based in Hong Kong for the past 12 years. Her photography work focuses on traditions and cultures that are dying out, including the project “Living History: Bound Feet Women of China.” Jo uses black and white film and shoots on Hassleblad. She has been the recipient of numerous awards for her work on bound feet including a Jacob Riis Award, Black & White Spider Award, Center for Fine Art Photography and Women In Photography International winner juried by Mary Ellen Mark. She has had solo exhibitions in London, San Francisco and Hong Kong and has been included in group shows in New York, LA and Denver, Colorado. Her project has received critical acclaim and has been published internationally including The Smithsonian magazine, Huffington Post, Wall Street Journal, BBC, CNN, Stern magazine, Time Out, Fast Co., International Business Times and the Sydney Morning Herald. She has spoken at TEDxWanchai and TEDxWarwick and an “in- conversation” events hosted by The Women’s Foundation HK (May 2015) and at Asia House in London (15 June 2015). Jo has done live television interviews on RTHK ((The Works), CNN and the BBC News (Insight) and has been a guest speaker on Monocole radio and RTHK3. In 2017 I held two lectures at Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford (UK) and Barts Pathology Museum, London (UK).
This lecture is in accordance with Jo Farrell's exhibition BOUND:
EXHIBITION OPENING: 18 March 2018, 3–5pm
EXHIBITION RUNS UNTIL 31 March 2018
VENUE: Hong Kong Museum of Medical Science
OPENING HOURS: Daily Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 5pm
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