Art collaboration a fusion of worlds - and so very HK

PUBLISHED : Monday, 28 April, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 28 April, 2008, 12:00am

It's typical that people worlds apart come together in Hong Kong. That's the case for India-born fashion designer Kanchan Panjabi and Switzerland-born German-Chinese photographer Jeff Hahn.

In our city, the two met and collaborated for a one-night-only display called Untitled Stories at the Karin Weber Gallery last Friday.

It featured her couture in his images taken at various locations around the city, from inside an MTR train to the Tsing Ma Bridge. Although there was light rain outside, it did nothing to hamper the enthusiastic friends and family members who flocked to the petit gallery on Aberdeen Street to view the stylish exhibit.

According to the New York- and London-educated Panjabi, Hong Kong is the one place she truly feels at home, even though her collection, with its screen prints, is inspired by old pictures of her mother in India.

'These images symbolise a mix of two worlds,' Panjabi said. 'Though they were taken in India in the 1960s, you don't feel that way. There is a special modern touch to that Indian girl in the pictures and it also holds my roots.'

With an equal spirit of wanderlust, Hahn - who is just 18 - has worked with Panjabi on several projects already. The nomadic teen has lived in Switzerland, Taiwan, New Zealand and Hong Kong, and he's now finishing his A-level studies at the German Swiss International School.

Somehow, in the past four months, he has managed to combine working on this photo exhibit with preparing for school exams, which are coming up in a month-and-a-half.

'Well, I am doing A-levels; I have a lot of free periods,' he said.


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