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Los Angeles and Hong Kong through student photographers' eyes

Exhibition in Hong Kong will display the fruits of collaboration between 64 students from two cities

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 26 August, 2015, 6:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 26 August, 2015, 11:47am

A cultural collaboration between students from Hong Kong and the United States culminates next month with an exhibition in Kowloon showcasing the young artists’ interpretation of landscape.

“Memory Landscape: HK & LA Photo Story Exhibition” is a parallel project between the Community Arts Partnership (CAP) of the California Institute of the Arts and  kaitak, the Centre for Research and Development, Academy of Visual Arts at Hong Kong Baptist University.

Initiated by Through Our Eyes Photography Education Programme – a Hong Kong programme that encourages creative learning through the medium of photography – the project attracted  64 students from Hong Kong and Los Angeles, with participants exploring their respective communities and engaging in cross-cultural exchange through the sharing of images from different sides of the world. By observing the landscape, collecting objects and interviewing people in their neighbourhoods, participants explored stories and memories in their communities.

The works will be on show at the Kai Tak Campus from September 5 to  20.

“For the LA students, it was a joy to share their works and voices with people from abroad and learn more about the culture of Hong Kong,” says programme consultant Joanne Kim. “Besides cultural differences, students’ works of both cities show diverse moods.

“The landscape of LA is vast and spacious. Coupled with film shooting and developing, the works show a sense of slowness and a poetic touch. Because of different production methods, Hong Kong students took photos with digital cameras and put more effort into selecting photos and the post-production. The photo series are coherent and many photos give a sense of rush, wit and playfulness.

“After all, the different moods of the photos come down to different life experiences.”

Memory Landscape: HK & LA Photo Story Exhibition, kaitak, Academy of Visual Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University, Kai Tak Campus, 51 Kwun Tong Road, Kowloon. Inquiries: 3411 8272. From September 5-20, 10am-7pm