HK Magazine: Where did the idea for this project come from? Siu King-chung/Howard Chan: It was a coincidence. A couple of community organizations including Oxfam and CSSA Alliance were doing a project on the underprivileged, and we’ve always been interested in cultural observations of uniquely Hong Kong things—our last exhibition was on funeral suits. But rather than labeling the project as a case study on the underprivileged, we were more interested in showing households in general. So we visited the homes of a variety of people and presented them visually. HK: So you just went to people’s home and raided their fridges? SKC/HC: That’s exactly what we did. We emptied the contents of their fridges and laid them out to photograph. Half of the interviewees are clients from CSSA and the rest are our acquaintances. They found the project interesting, though some of them were a bit concerned about their privacy and wanted to remain anonymous. HK: So what did you find? SKC/HC: We found a fridge full of medium-rare frozen meat imported from mainland China. Since the import of raw meat is prohibited, they had to slightly cook the meat to cross the border. The government may see it as “smuggling,” but we see it as folk wisdom. HK: Any other curious discoveries? SKC/HC: One person had a 20-year-old Chinese grated deer horn; another froze this little toy that resembled her ex-husband. The fridge is symbolic—it’s where people preserve their memories. It’s common to see people storing their baby teeth in the fridge. One fridge was so overloaded that the owner needed to use a rope to tie the door closed. HK: What about the food? SKC/HC: It totally contradicts the food pyramid the government’s trying to promote. We found that sauces and Chinese dried food took up the highest proportion of contents. Working-class people had fridges full of processed food, and not many veggies or fruit. But that may be because Hong Kong people don’t like freezing them.