Jimmy Lee: Another day in Paradise

Tue - Sun 11:00am - 7:00pm
Image Maker
Jimmy LEE
When Lee asked his father to buy him a camera at 15, he started to photograph sunsets, family gatherings, and all sorts of seemingly meaningless stuff. Out of the blue, he had the opportunity to study photojournalism in college, which led him to aspire to prestigious documentary projects like those of Magnum. But when he learned from his friend that things are different these days, and saw the many fancy prints and extravagant masterclasses, Lee had an epiphany and from then on, took his work in a different direction. Lee continues developing his photographic practice in relation to the conflicts between loss/discovery, perception/reality and power/powerlessness. Since 2015, Lee has been working on a trilogy that in essence, explores the metamorphosis of Hongkongers.
Artist Talk
  • About
    Dreaming of Thatcher: British new colour documentary movement

    Influenced by the British new colour documentary movement, Jimmy Lee created a body of work entitled Another day in Paradise. This is a photographic project challenging history and nationality. He will pair with artist Paul Yeung to lead the audience into Britain in the 80s and use the “colour lens” to examine the past. In the second part of the talk, Lee will share the encounters, thoughts, and other stories from this project.
  • Speakers
    Jimmy Lee, Paul Yeung
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  • Time
  • Venue
    1a space | Unit 14, Cattle Depot Artist Village, 63 Ma Tau Kok Road, To Kwa Wan
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  • Fee
    Pay as you wish
Special Measures
  • Venue Regulations
    - pre-registration not required
    - please follow the health declaration and temperature taking procedures at entrance
    - no eating or drinking allowed
    - keep your mask on


Another day in Paradise digs beneath the veneer of the contemporary English landscape, exposing the persistent ideology of the contemporary era; a series of colour photographs made in various countries across England, from 2017 to 2019.

After the Brexit referendum, just as nationalism was on the rise, Lee went to Britain. He scoured the length and breadth of the country to reveal traces of everyday life within the mythologically endearing imagery of the landscape. Lee’s mixture of memory, stereotype, politics and psychology becomes his poetic response to the UK-HK handover/post-colonial connections.

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