i_think_it_rains (2013)

Lau Ching-ping

Artist Sharing: A series of discussions on art with artists of “I Think It Rains”

Artist Sharing

Artist Sharing was a series of discussions held during I Think It Rains, the exhibition by the Burger Collection and 1a space. Artists and cultural producers involved in the exhibition were invited to discuss their practice, their artistic methodologies and their intentions. Participants and artists included Kingsley Ng , Enoch Cheung, Yiufai Chow, Choi Yan-chi, Lau Ching Ping, Ng Kachun, Reds Cheung, Annie Wan, Lam Tung Pang, Cally Yu, Lai Tszyuen and Evelyn Char. The discussions, in Cantonese, were held on June 20, June 27 and July 5, 2013, at 1a space at the Cattle Depot Artist Village, To Kwa Wan, Hong Kong.

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Photos by Anki Lau and Joyce Wong.


Lau Ching Ping, Elevated view of the city, 2013

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On May 24, 2013, the artist Lau Ching Ping lead participants onto a bus pin pointing his researched photo-sites related to his work Last Glimpse of Hong Kong. Please read here about it:

This real-time activitiy was part of From Dusk Till Dawn,  which took place May 24, 2013, at Cattle Depot Artist Village, To Kwa Wan.

Photos by Dick Lau.


Lau Ching Ping, Elevated view of the city, 2013

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On May 24, 2013, the artist lead participants onto a bus pin pointing his researched photo-sites related to his work Last Glimpse of Hong Kong. Please read here about it:

This real-time activitiy was part of From Dusk Till Dawn, which took place May 24, 2013, at Cattle Depot Artist Village, To Kwa Wan.

Photos by Lau Ching Ping.


Lau Ching Ping, Last Glimpse of Hong Kong, 2011-2012

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Primary student in Ocean Park (part of Last Glimpse of Hong Kong). Courtesy of the artist.

Lau Ching Ping
Last Glimpse of Hong Kong, 2011-2012
Set of 10 inkjet prints on archival paper
95 x 120 cm each
Courtesy of the artist

Lau Ching Ping takes street and city photographs of Hong Kong.  In his photo series Last Glimpse of Hong Kong (2011-2012) misted Hong Kong looks close like it’s coming to an end, as the title denotes, we see here the last glimpses. As if the apocalyptic 2012 Mayan end of the world “prophecy” were to have come true. One could also track the ‘disappearing’ ambience to another time, Hong Kong just before the handover, when change was expected, either anticipated or feared.  In an exhibition catalogue published beginning of 2013, Lau Ching Ping wrote: „People of Hong Kong that live in this era would still be writing something about world ends thing, no matter what is the reason behind, is a laughable matter. After all, we are being intimidated by this world ends thing from the day when we were born. Not so long ago, in the eighties, our relatives, friends flee for foreign land, fight for British nationality selection scheme. Those who did not plan to leave or did not have the ability to leave, left themselves a hole in their hearts. The return of sovereign right to China in 1997, Mr. Tung’s, mother tongue tutoring, Asian financial crisis. 911 New York, principal officials accountability system, SARS pandemic, 1st July rally, Lehman brothers, financial tsunami, HSBC share subscribe, bird flu contagion. We are so used to this ‘centennial level’ of incidents, so called crisis, for what history taught us is to let those fatal disease, bankruptcy and catastrophe be awaited, for tomorrow is another day!“

The photographs show signs of a staggering urban development. For example the Sha Tin District located in the New Territories of Hong Kong for example having been just a town of a mere 30,000 people in the early 1970s, and today is one of the most populated district in Hong Kong, with a population of over 600,000. We also see discrete remnants of the colonial era with for example the bronze statue of King George VI which was erected in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of British colonial rule over Hong Kong in 1941.

The subtitled works of the series allude to the unseen, the micro activities going on in a metropolis. Each hints at a different city dweller; a Wedding Photographer Underneath, Housewife in Beacon Heights, Hong Kong Chief Executive or for example Water treatment technician at Shatin.

Ching Ping devotes time to walk around in the city, making preliminary sketches prior to taking the photographs, screenshot-ing images from google maps for good locations. On May 24, 2013, during the real-time activity day the artist lead participants onto a bus pin pointing his researched photo-sites.

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Schoolmate on Park island (part of Last Glimpse of Hong Kong). Courtesy of the artist.

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Gardener in Zoological and Botanical Gardens (part of Last Glimpse of Hong Kong). Courtesy of the artist.

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Hong Kong Chief Executive (part of Last Glimpse of Hong Kong). Courtesy of the artist.

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Football fans at Lung Cheung road (part of Last Glimpse of Hong Kong). Courtesy of the artist.

Lau Ching Ping (b. Hong Kong in 1963) lives and works in Hong Kong. He studied design and photography at the Hong Kong Swire School of Design.  Recent group exhibitions include, amongst others: City Flâneur: Social Documentary Photography, Hong Kong Heritage Museum, Hong Kong (2010) and Hong Kong: Tales of a City (Part I) Chinese Contemporary Xchange (CCX), Toronto, Canada (2009). His solo exhibition Thin as air was shown in the Chinese Contemporary Xchange (CCX), Toronto, Canada (2006).  Lau is co-editor of “Dislocation” Art Photo magazine, part-time lecturer of the Chinese University of Hong Kong and a curator of the Gallery Z and JCCAC, Hong Kong.

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Set up team with artist Lau Ching-ping

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24/05/13「滴溚 滴」展覽開幕 +「日不落展演」

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《滴溚 滴》展覽開幕時間:5月24日下午5時至9時
「日不落展演」時間: 5月24日上午11時至10時
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24/05/13 3pm-7pm 劉清平﹣Elevated view of the city

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Elevated View of the City
5月24日 15:00-19:00 劉清平 ﹣Elevated view of the city

攝影藝術家劉清平將帶觀眾尋訪他拍攝時取景的地點,帶大家從不一樣的角度看我們的城市。攝影發燒友也歡迎自備相機拍照。
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