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PUBLISHED : Sunday, 05 March, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 05 March, 2006, 12:00am

The South Korean farmers are back in town to face charges of unlawful assembly during last year's World Trade Organisation conference. What did it all mean to you?

Icarus Wong Ho-yin, 21, student/artist:

'I'd been concerned about the WTO meetings for a long time. During the run-up to the Sixth Ministerial Conference, I got a strong urge to document the event and that's why I picked up my camera.

'I took a lot of portraits of the protesters, which constitute up to half my photos in the exhibition. Out of the 40 pictures, there are only three showing clashes. I want to show that there's so much more than violence in the demonstrations. It's a pity that most local media chose to focus on violence, or whether the police had abused their power.

'The demands of the protesters were neglected, while their drastic actions were magnified. With the portraits, I want to present clearly the emotions of these people.

'I used black-and-white shots because it has a special texture, and allows you to see clearly every wrinkle on the protesters' faces. Also, it represents my feelings at the time of the demonstration.'

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