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'City of Darkness' by Greg Girard & Ian Lambot
Nov
8
to Dec 8

'City of Darkness' by Greg Girard & Ian Lambot

Blue Lotus Gallery is proud to present ‘City of Darkness’: an exhibition exploring the old and long gone Walled City of Kowloon as photographed by Greg Girard and Ian Lambot. This influential body of work, which to date sold over 25,000 book copies, will be on view in a gallery setting for the first time since first published.

For nearly 50 years, the extraordinary community of Kowloon Walled City cut a dark presence in the heart of Hong Kong. Yet without legislation and with little regard for basic services, planning and regulations or building standards, the city not only survived, it positively thrived.

But how could such a place exist in a modern metropolis without administrative oversight, ‘triply neglected’ by the British, Chinese and Hong Kong governments? Who would choose to live there? And why?

Ian Lambot and Greg Girard set about photographing the Walled City shortly before its demolition due to a deep fascination and because “for all its horrible shortcomings, its builders and residents succeeded in creating what modern architects, with all their resources of money and expertise, have failed to: the city as ‘organic megastructure’, not set rigidly for a lifetime but continually responsive to the changing requirements of its users, fulfilling every need from water supply to religion, yet providing also the warmth and intimacy of a single huge household …”

Nearly thirty years on from the Walled City’s demolition, this project offers a unique insight into the remarkable community that was Kowloon Walled City, home to 35,000 people at its peak and by far the most densely populated neighbourhood the world had ever known.

In the years since 1994 demolition, the Walled City has attained a kind of punk immortality and a visual aesthetic showing a modernist dystopia mixing filth, darkness, and haphazard concrete construction and overcrowding into a single unsettling yet irresistible brew that is often used in movies, video games or described in books to evoke what only this place managed to organically create.

The photographs and the memories of the people who lived there keep this place alive in our minds, in all its glory and ill repute. ‘City of Darkness’ will be showcasing prints, books and other memorabilia related to the Walled City. Both artists will be present to give a talk about their experience and to take interviews.

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Artist Talk with Keith Macgregor | The Way We Were
Dec
1
4:00 PM16:00

Artist Talk with Keith Macgregor | The Way We Were

The Way We Were is a photographic journey down memory lane through the vast collection of work by the iconic Keith Macgregor that throws you back to Hong Kong during its prime: namely the 70s and 80’s. The talk bursts with nostalgic street scenes steeped in colonial and local culture, city panoramas and images of life on the sea in full colour and black & white. In fact Macgregor’s own life story exemplifies the era in question, full of playful ambition, entrepreneurial spirit, chance encounters and good old hard work. The Way We Were expresses a city abound in colour, diversity and optimism, a documentation and flashback to a time where the ‘Hong Kong Dream’ was forged and people went ‘all in’ on the game of life.

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Book Launch: PING PONG by Miguel Marina
Sep
21
4:00 PM16:00

Book Launch: PING PONG by Miguel Marina

Blue Lotus Gallery is pleased to launch the fresh and fun photobook, PING PONG, by Miguel Marina also known as Miguelitor. Don’t miss the opportunity to get your copy signed or purchase an original Limited Edition print.

These are moments captured by the photographer on his journeys in the Phillipines, Korea, Japan, Thailand, Vietnam, Spain and Portugal, however 90% were shot in Hong Kong here he is based. The collection is full of decisive moments, emotions, humor, geometry, symmetry, slow shutter speed and different Street Photography techniques.

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Workshop: ‘Fotomo’ 3D Photo-Collage With 葉家偉 Alexis Ip
Sep
7
4:00 PM16:00

Workshop: ‘Fotomo’ 3D Photo-Collage With 葉家偉 Alexis Ip

Saturday 7 September, 4–6 pm | 2019年9月7日 下午4-6時

As part of the exhibition RECONSTRUCTION we are pleased to offer people the opportunity for people to learn how Alexis makes is amazing 3D collages. After sold out workshop last year at Blue Lotus Gallery we look forward to host another educational experience from a local Hong Kong artist.

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Artist Talk with Stefan Irvine | The Last Tong Lau @ Blue Lotus Gallery
Aug
17
4:00 PM16:00

Artist Talk with Stefan Irvine | The Last Tong Lau @ Blue Lotus Gallery

Saturday 17 August, 4–6 pm | 2019年8月17日 下午4-6時

Don’t miss the opportunity to hear the behind the scenes stories from Stefan’s iconic The Last Tong Lau photo series. He will explain the creative process and collaboration with digital artist Jörg Dietrich, as well as individual histories of each Tong Lau.

This is a FREE event.

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Through the Lens | Artist Talk with Jo Farrell @ Blue Lotus Gallery
May
11
4:00 PM16:00

Through the Lens | Artist Talk with Jo Farrell @ Blue Lotus Gallery

Spend an afternoon at Blue Lotus Gallery with photographer and cultural anthropologist Jo Farrell.

Jo will show her latest documentary work on womens traditions and cultures in Asia and will discuss the aesthetics of beauty in our modern day society. Learn the stories behind the Chin and Kayan tribes centuries old traditions of modifying the body for beauty and marriage. Follow in her footsteps and learn what it takes to go into rural areas, staying on the floor of villages huts, travelling by boat, train, and motorbike to capture some of the last remaining women who followed their tribes customs.

親臨Blue Lotus Gallery與攝影師及文化人類學家Jo Farrell一起度過愉快的下午。

Jo將展示她最新關於亞洲女性傳統及文化的紀錄片,並將會一同探討當下現代社會中的女性美學。 這部新紀錄片涵蓋關於Chin和Kayan部落背後的故事,以及數世紀以來部落女性為了美感和婚姻而修改身體的傳統。 一起來跟隨Jo的步伐,了解需要甚麼條件才可進入這些農村地區,去住在村莊小屋的地板上;跟她一起乘船、火車和電單車開展旅程,去捕捉這些絕無僅有仍然跟隨其部落習俗的女性。

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Jo Farrell Lecture @ Hong Kong Museum of Medical Science
Mar
24
3:00 PM15:00

Jo Farrell Lecture @ Hong Kong Museum of Medical Science

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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.

Please note there is a HK $20 Admission Fee

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