[Updated] Photo Event Report from Asia: HKIPF 2016 Press Tour


Photo Event Report from Asia: HKIPF 2016 Press Tour']

By CAPA asia

This year’s edition is coming soon. Here is a taste of it

Hong Kong International Photo Festival 2016 (HKIPF), a biennial celebratory occasion for photographic art, will take place between August and November. Before the open, it held a press tour for journalists to explain an outline and highlights of this year’s edition. On a laid-back tram amid the city’s hurly-burly, we had the preview of two main exhibitions, “1000 Families” and “What Do You Want For Tomorrow?”. Chairman of Hong Kong International Photo Festival, Alfred Ko Chi-Keung, considers a “Kaleidoscopic World” as all living things in a vast, boundless world of pandemonium.

Press tour was held on August 5th. We moved from Causeway Bay to Taikoo Place on a tram with two curators. Mr Alfred Ko, chairman of Hong Kong International Photo Festival, gave an opening speech and explained the concept of this year’s festival. HKIPF has an enormous scale that fits with the festival’s main theme: Infinite Universe. Exhibits include 1000 selected and winning pieces from last year’s Photoeat Competition, as well as over a thousand pieces by 13 local and overseas photographic artists, including Masashi Asada, Chan Dick, Doreen Chan, Chang Lin, Chan Kwok Chung, John Choy, Chu Tak Wah Almond, Ho Fan, Lai Ho Yin Franz, Lau Chi Chung, Dick Lau, Joe Lau, Yang Shaoming.

The exhibition examines the aesthetics of families in the aspects of social cultural and contemporary photography. It is divided into three themes: “Happiness”, “Love” and “Memories”, which are the core values of families and thus bring along far-reaching significances. The artists depict their different views on the notion of family, including personal narratives of family members, historical documentaries and conceptual performances. The works are not confined to two-dimensional photography. They also appear in the form of installation, embracing a diversity of presentations.


Masashi Asada: Asadake

“Asadake” by Masashi Asada is ikely to set the trend of family cosplay photography, “Asadake” received the 34th Kimura Ihei Memorial Photography Award in 2008. Visiting the city for the first time, the acclaimed Japanese photographer will be the focus of this exhibition. Masashi and his whole family will bring role-playing to the extreme, infusing performance elements into photography that is both everyday-like and surprisingly dramatic. His gallery talk was held on August 6th.

The artists depict their different views on the notion of family, including personal narratives of family members, historical documentaries and conceptual performances. The works are not confined to two-dimensional photography. They also appear in the form of installation, embracing a diversity of presentations.

The first part of the exhibition displays 1000 selected and winning pieces from “Photoeat Competition”. It enables audience to experience the notion of “1000 eating photos capturing 1000 living stories” and to fathom the meaning of “family” and “egalitarianism”.

“1000 Families”
Date︰6th August – 4th September 2016
Time︰10:00 – 20:00
Venue︰ArtisTree, 1/F, Cornwall House, Taikoo Place, 979 King’s Road, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong
Curators:Bobby Sham, Blues Wong
Artists:Masashi Asada (Japan), Chan Dick, Doreen Chan, Ven. Chang Lin, Chan Kwok Chung, John Choy, Chu Tak Wah Almond, Ho Fan, Lai Ho Yin Franz, Lau Chi Chung, Dick Lau, Joe Lau, Yang Shaoming (China)

For more infomation, please go to HKIPF


Hong Kong International Photo Festival 2016 (HKIPF)

The Hong Kong International Photo Festival (HKIPF) is a biennial festival dedicated to promoting photographic art and culture in Hong Kong. Launched in 2010, every edition of HKIPF features a series of themed exhibitions in different areas of photography covering a wide spectrum of subject matters, and an array of events throughout the territory. The Festival has attracted tens of thousands of visitors, creating a photographic ethos and fostering the art and culture of photography in Hong Kong. Through collaboration with local and international photographic organizations, HKIPF aims to develop Hong Kong into a hub for the exchange and sharing of creative ideas, technical knowledge and valuable experience in photography. In 2011, the Hong Kong Arts Development Council honored the Festival with the Award for Arts Promotion. Since 2014, the Festival is financially supported by the Springboard Grant under the Arts Capacity Development Funding Scheme of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. The Hong Kong International Photo Festival is organized by the Hong Kong Photographic Culture Association, currently chaired by Alfred Ko Chi Keung.

HKIPF 2014 opening and flagship programme “In Light of India: Photography by Raghu Rai”

For more infomation, please go to HKIPF

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