A Snap beyond Borders: An Online Archive and Education Project of Hong Kong Theatre and Performance Photography
Stage performance is instant, and its photography goes into another approach of aesthetics: documenting the present, provoking dialogues and extending imagination. The continuous accumulation of stage images in Hong Kong is an important project in the history of local art and culture.
This project is organised and curated by the International Association of Theatre Critics (Hong Kong) (IATC(HK)), and is funded by the HKSAR Arts Capacity Development Funding Scheme (ACDFS). Stage images taken by six important Hong Kong stage photographers, YUEN Hon-wai, Ringo CHAN†, CHEUNG Chi-wai, TSANG Man-tung, TSE Ming-chong, and KWAN Pun-leung, will be documented.
This project takes the perspective and memory of photographers as the subject matter. Through their eyes and aesthetics under the camera lens, it writes out the history of Hong Kong stage performance over the past 40 years. The bilingual digital database would be of great significance and would be the first to combine Hong Kong stage images with outlined theatre history and oral history of stage photography.
This two-year project includes photos archive, talks, a mentorship scheme, an exhibition and a photobook. Both local and overseas theatre practitioners and the general public can understand the aesthetics of stage photography through images, which mark the development of Hong Kong stage performance.
This project is awarded the “Award for Arts Promotion and Education” of “The 16th Hong Kong Arts Development Awards”.
Curator: Bernice CHAN Kwok-wai
Photographers: YUEN Hon-wai, Ringo CHAN†, CHEUNG Chi-wai, TSANG Man-tung, TSE Ming-chong, KWAN Pun-leung