Sharing Session

Chan Hau Chun x Luke Ching: A Shifting Distance —The Relationship Between the Photographic Maker and the Photographic Subject

2:30pm - 6:00pm
Image Maker
Chan Hau Chun
A graduate of the School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong, CHAN Hau Chun is currently working as an independent film and image maker. She produces both photography and videography; her works include Under the bridge, 32+4, Uncle Fai, Call me Mrs Chan, No song to sing, and along the bridge/searching for a man.
Guest Speaker
Luke Ching
Luke CHING was a top-notch colour pencil artist in his pre-university years. He was among the best in his class at school, and wasn’t too bad at seal carving either. At university, Ching trained in the field of Mixed Media under the tutelage of Professor Chan -- at the time, the discipline still belonged to the category ‘Others’ when one specified the medium of one’s work. Up until the age of 30, Ching worked as a class teacher of Grade 4 students and taught art and general studies. After turning 30, Ching not only learned to swim and cycle but also managed to get married (even before he was able to type in Chinese) – a feat he considers as his lifetime achievement. In his 30’s, Ching also became interested in public space and the development of the gift economy, searching for artistic inspiration from within the breath and pulse of society. After age 40, Ching began focusing on his career, and his current life ambition is to become his boss’s relative.
Tang Kwok Hin
A mixed-media artist in Hong Kong, TANG obtained his Master of Fine Art degree at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. His work originates with inquiries into his own background as an indigenous inhabitant of the “New Territories”, exploring the meaning of existence and the intimate aesthetics related to his life journey and experiences. These ideas are realised in his works, in which he blurs the boundaries between art and life. By integrating art and the contradictions of human life, he attempts to reveal the deeper essences, the tensions of binary systems, and the rhythms of perception, often demonstrating long gazes of fleeting moments. Tang also appropriates and reconstructs texts of the everyday, including personal stories, especially those that touch upon upbringing, heritage, freedom, capitalism, consumerism, nature, politics, and society.
In Cantonese
Pay As You Wish
Assembly Point


How does an artist enter a community, approach a passing stranger, and turn them into a photographic subject/experience-sharer? How do Chan Hau Chun and Luke Ching navigate this relationship and distance? What is it that is transformed, and how is it transformed, in the artists’ work?

The discussion will be preceded by screenings of Cubicle and Searching for Lau Tit Man (preview) by Chan Hau Chun.

Chan Hau Chun:

“Having been in touch with those who are homeless, who are looking for a corner in the city to settle in, I’ve heard frequently that life in a partitioned flat is worse than that of living shelterless. After living in a subdivided flat for several years myself, I started to understand more about the housing problem in Hong Kong. I have always wanted to look into and document what “home” is like for different people and how living environments can affect a person.

I remember reading a news report a few years ago about a resident in a partitioned flat, who has to crawl to move around under the low roof of the mezzanine floor. The story left a huge impact on me: some of us are alive but live like animals. We believe housing to be a basic human right, yet in reality, people are forced to exhaust most of their income just for a living space that may not even be suitable but may end up spending half of their lives in.

To be frank, I’m not too optimistic about the effect or influence that a film can have on the real world. But, the idea of making one on partitioned flats still grew in me.

Hong Kong’s housing problem has been numerously covered and reported; even a primary school student probably knows what a “coffin cubicle” is. What do I really want to capture by filming it again? Stories such as these are always coupled with societal topics for discussion: land distribution, or housing policies, or the free market… but who are, and what of the people living in tandem with these issues? How can one visualize a person’s complicated situation and the confusion that comes with it? Carrying these questions with me, I began a year of visits and interviews and in conducting the shooting that comes after, to find and feel the authenticity and uniqueness of people through images.”

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