Everywhere is important. The way in which we experience place is ever-changing; virtual, physical, contested, peaceful. Over the past two years many of us have been hunkered down at home and rarely venturing into new places. While the pandemic becomes the new normal, people start to reassess their relationships with places – where we live, work, relax, travel. In many cases our local surroundings have taken on new significance, and the place itself has also become home to extraordinary solidarity and resilience.
Photographers from the United Kingdom and Hong Kong come together to explore the Power of Place. Crossing barriers of physical distance, this exchange highlights new ways of working remotely. They are interested in the ways that we can establish and build relationships to navigate the new virtual landscape.
Brought together by Open Eye Gallery, WMA and Redeye, 13 artists from both the UK and HK come together to exchange thoughts, ideas, researches, feedbacks and photographs. They have been commissioned to create new artworks, exchange and reflect on existing artworks and share their works through social media residences across both UK and HK platforms.
For this project Redeye has also created the Power of Place Directory. This is a growing inventory of photographers who work in the UK and in Hong Kong on this subject; a valuable resource and inspiration for anyone thinking about how they relate to place in their work. Online residences can be found here for Openeye, here for WMA and here for Redeye, The Photography Network.
The 13 artists in Power of Place formed into 5 groups to make collaborative work. You can view the work here.
Click links below for more information about the artists who collaborated on this project.
Hong Kong artists (for WMA):