In more ways than one, Hong Kong, as we know it, is vanishing. From grand Hakka mansions, century-old European villas to the iconic Shaw Studios, the heart of the Hollywood of the Far East, gorgeous heritage buildings in Hong Kong are being bulldozed and redeveloped into more shopping malls and high-rise luxury apartments, as we speak. Urban explorers are racing against the clock to document and preserve the collective memory of the city’s vanishing heritage before these historic buildings are lost forever.
From 17 to 29 August, Asia Society Hong Kong Centre presents “Vanishing Hong Kong,” a photo exhibition providing a glimpse into Hong Kong’s rarely seen abandoned heritage buildings. Discover exquisite images of Hong Kong’s heritage buildings, many of them behind locked doors and gates or high razor-wired fences, out of reach to most people, captured by award-winning photographer and Hong Kong native PH Yang.
The exhibition showcases over 100 photos of Hong Kong’s rarely seen abandoned and deserted heritage buildings, many of which are Grade I historic buildings. Over 20 photos from two invited artists and photographers, Sacha Yasumoto and Dickie Fowler, are also included. In addition, with participation from the urban exploration community, 43 photos were selected for the photo exhibition by four distinguished judges from more than 120 submitted photos.
“Vanishing Hong Kong” aims to enhance awareness of the disappearing historical buildings and heritage in Hong Kong as well as the role of urban explorers in recording and conservation.
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