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2004-09-08 until 2004-10-23
LEE Ka-sing Gallery
LEE Ka-sing Gallery is pleased to present the work of Hong Kong Photographer anothermountainman's redwhiteblue. The exhibition will take place from September 8 to October 23, 2004. Referring to the colours of the synthetic material manufactured into carrying bags and protective coverings, this redwhiteblue is no stranger to native Hong Kongese. It has been one of the icons of the city since its British-ruled colonial days, silently acknowledging and reminding people of their Chineseness.
In the early 1950s, when life was difficult in China, it was the most popular bag carrying foodstuffs and necessities from Hong Kong to Mainland China through Shenzhen, the first city after crossing the British/Chinese border. It is still used everywhere these days, as carrying bags, store canopies, coverings in construction sites as well as in many daily rituals.
Anothermountainman has been shooting the redwhiteblue series for a decade, since 1994. He approached this tangible material with great sensitivity, seeing beauty in it, finding meaning in the inexhaustible applications redwhiteblue offers to be used in everyday life. The process of continue discovery of this "urban icon" in different Asian cities makes him post the questions: when and where? An identity which becomes more and more difficult to define, and increasingly blurry in the shifting landscape of globalism.