Focus on a cause

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 06 June, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 06 June, 2010, 12:00am

Ask Hongkongers about refugees and most would probably say they're a problem happening 'somewhere over there', far removed from the city's glitzy malls and members-only clubs. But they would be wrong.

'The refugee situation is not a distant crisis, it's very real to Hong Kong. Thousands need our help,' says Danielle Stutterd, project manager and co-founder of Vision First (, a charity that provides humanitarian aid to refugees and asylum seekers in Hong Kong.

In a bid to raise awareness, Vision First has collaborated with Hong Kong-based photographer Philipp Engelhorn and No Borders Art Gallery, to stage 'True Fables', a series of pictures from his travels to far-flung countries including Benin, Papua New Guinea and Mongolia. The exhibition coincides with the United Nations' International Refugee Week, with 50 per cent of profits from the sale of prints going to Vision First.

'We want local solutions to this local problem,' Stutterd says.

Engelhorn, who spent six years in New York before landing in Hong Kong eight years ago, prefers to wander the path less-travelled - and, at times, less comfortable. His website, www., is a visual feast, serving up images of everything from voodoo ceremonies in Benin to dog fights in Afghanistan.

'True Fables' will be displayed at No Borders Art Gallery (39 Aberdeen Street, Central, tel: 2517 6003) from Wednesday until June 15. Entry is free.