Poverty in the Midst of Plenty exhibition

Posted on March 29, 2013 by Toothpicker There have been 2 comment(s)

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Even though Hong Kong is one of wealthiest cities in the world, the gap between the rich and the poor is also widening significantly over the last twenty years. Income equality is now among the worst in the world and poverty is an issue that can no longer be neglected.


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Chan Wai Kwong's Record 9 ( 2011)


Currently at ArtisTree in Quarry Bay ( Hong Kong), there is a WYNG Masters Award photography exhibition where public can view the winners' and finalists' work. The exhibition is well-thought-out and the exhibit pieces are insightful and thought-provoking.

I love all the winners' series: Ko Chung Ming's 'Cents' Mansion, Chan Wai Kwong's Record, and Rufina Wu and Stefan Canham's Portraits from above ( there is also a book with the same title). The latter is especially interesting because the series combine both photographs of illegal rooftop shelters and architectural drawings of these structures, which allow viewers to understand more about their living conditions.


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Ko Chung Ming's winning series 'Cents' Mansion


Aside from this exhibition, another local photographer, Benny Lam's shocking seriesĀ ( recently being published by newspapers around the world) for The Society for Community Organisation of Hong Kong's housing problem can be viewed here via The Telegraph ( these are not the type of photos or publicity that the Hong Kong Tourism Association would want the world to see)!

Although poverty is a global issue that can be seen in every city, it is especially prominent in Hong Kong because of the insufficient support by the government. The government's lack of long term vision/ goals and poor social welfare system are mostly responsible for the issue we see today. Years of neglect has resulted in growing anger and dissatisfaction among the low-income and socially-disadvantaged members of the society. This exhibition reflects the urgency to address an issue that has been ignored for too long, but when will the government wake up and smell the coffee?


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The WYNG Masters Award Inaugural Exhibition: Poverty in the Midst of Plenty will end on 6th April.

Address: Artistree, 1/F Cornwall House, Taikoo Place, Island East



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2 Responses to Poverty in the Midst of Plenty exhibition

  • Sundial says:

    The cause of poverty in Hong Kong is related to the exhibition venue, how ridiculous?! I am only one of many who make this assertion. Read on at: artswise.blogspot.hk/2013/03/poverty-photography-and-hong-kong.html

    Posted on April 1, 2013 at 1:37 pm

  • Rebecca says:

    Thanks for your comment and blog link. I agree that contradictions can be seen everywhere in HK, i.e. the exhibition is being supported by one of the most powerful property developers that rules and drives out small independent businesses in this city. It's the chicken or egg dilemma between the government and property developers, but I think they are both equally responsible for the current situation in HK. I no longer live here, but it's sad to see it becoming less livable every time I visit.

    Posted on April 1, 2013 at 5:22 pm