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Jess Lau Ching Wa & Kinchoi Lam

The sky in Maidstone road, Hong Kong

Digital Print

2020

Kowloon City Civil Servants' Cooperative Building Societies Exhibition

【About Exhibition】

What can one do when facing the housing problem in Hong Kong? Perhaps we can learn from the past and learn from the present, with the experience of the civil servants’ cooperative building societies in Kowloon City which last for more than half a century. This scheme expands our imagination and recognition of current living quality and lifestyles. The civil servants’ cooperative houses were planned in the 1950s, spreading all over the Kowloon City District, located in Kau Pui Lung Road, Maidstone Road, Chi Kiang Street, Kiang Su Street, Shing Tak Street etc., witnessing the development of Kowloon City District and Hong Kong's policies during these 70 years . By discovering the historical archives and photos of the scheme, collecting residents' stories and sketching the beauty of the neighbourhood, this exhibition aims to reflect on and respond to the development of Hong Kong with archives and art works, hence seeking the power to facilitate the future.

【計劃簡介】

要走出香港住屋問題的困局,或許我們能借古鑑今,參考屹立九龍城逾半世紀的公務員合作社房屋計劃建築群,去拓展對不同生活方式的想像。籌劃於一九五零年代,公務員合作社房屋遍佈九龍城區,座落靠背壟道、美善同道、浙江街、江蘇街、盛德街等地點,見證著九龍城區、乃至香港政策七十年間的發展。藉著發掘九龍城區公務員合作社的歷史故事及照片,搜集和記錄居民生活誌趣,由文獻出發,了解此部份的香港發展史,並以藝術創作反思及回應,繼而尋求改變未來的力量。

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Jess Lau Ching Wa & Kinchoi Lam

Maidstone road, Hong Kong

Stone rubbing

2020