Dirty, dangerous, and demeaning jobs are the subject of the photo series that scooped this year's Human Rights Arts Prize
at the Fringe Club last night. Hong Kong born photographer and app developer Ducky Chi Tak
blew the judges away with his three-part series that addresses the difficulties ethnic minorities face in earning a living and building a future in Hong Kong.
Titled 3D Jobs - Dirty, Dangerous, Demeaning
, the series features young individuals posing as their future selves in the role of a construction worker, dish washer, and security guard. Created for Oxfam's Do You Read Me?
exhibition, the powerful images offer a glimpse into the day-to-day challenges ethnic minority children face in learning Chinese and therefore securing an education in Hong Kong due to government policy.
"The ability to use Chinese language in daily life is an important part of securing a good job here in Hong Kong," Ducky tells Localiiz. "The current government policy refuses to allow non-Chinese speaking students access to schools, meaning that many individuals have resorted to working in dirty, dangerous, and demeaning jobs."
"It is up to the Government to change this policy and enable these youngsters to gain an education which will open the door to a brighter future. I hope my series of photography arouses thoughts on this issue and brings to light an injustice that remains unknown to many people in Hong Kong."
After inviting locals artists to submit entries on the theme of “human rights” earlier this year, non-profit human rights organisation, Justice Centre Hong Kong, received over one hundred entries for the Prize. This year's collection addresses issues such as universal suffrage, homelessness, forced labour, and LGBT rights. Only nineteen were shortlisted for the Prize by a judging panel of prominent art experts and human rights specialists and have been on display at the Fringe Club for the past week.
Ducky's series, along with the other shortlisted artworks, was auctioned off to raise money to support the work of Justice Centre. His series alone sold for $30,000, and now sits in the home of a Hong Kong based lawyer who vows to keep them forever. Click here to check out the full shortlist.
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