photography exhibition

Tête-bêche⇋Paramita is a collaborate project by photographer Thomas Lin (Hong Kong) and installation artist George Ho (Vancouver). The exhibition first toured Vancouver, Taipei and Hong Kong in 2014.

The two artists were acquainted in Hong Kong since childhood. Outer circumstances have prevented them from living in the same city, but fostered nonetheless their cooperation across the oceans throughout the years. They took photographs of their respective cities and exchanged the film rolls with each other for exposure, which resulted in the unexpected, yet poetic, tête-bêche* double-exposure effect. With these metaphoric images, the artists invite viewers to explore life issues such as memory, history and destiny.

The story began in an on-line conversation in 2011, the two artists found the famous novel Intersection** triggered a series of coincidences among them. Although under different time zones, the coincidences developed in parallel, just like the plot of the novel appears in real life. Time and fate brought about their separation, but also contributed to their cooperative relationship across the two cities.

* French for head-to-tail.

** Intersection, written by Yichang Liu in 1972, is inspired form a pair of tête-bêche stamps.

Tête-bêche⇋Paramita II, 2015
colour photograph 61 x 122 cm

Tête-bêche⇋Paramita, 2014
black and white photograph 61 x 122 cm
(collected by the Hong Kong Heritage Museum)

 


攝影展

《對倒⇋彼岸》分別在溫哥華、台北、香港和波莫納巡迴及聯合展出,由香港攝影師練錦順(Thomas Lin)和溫哥華多媒體藝術家左治(George Ho)共同創作。

二人在香港識於微時,卻因時代與政治氣候而分別,左治移民溫哥華並在加國進修純藝術,而練錦順則選擇留在香港繼續從事攝影。他們在太平洋兩岸經歷了二十餘年隔岸觀火的關係,在回望這段黃金歲月的同時,亦各自開始為自己的城市拍照,然後二人交換底片重複拍攝,製作出意想不到的「對倒」影像。每幅由命運決定的多重曝光影像,皆上下對倒、錯綜複雜,卻又帶著回憶般的詩意,勾勒著命運的隱喻。

《對倒⇋彼岸》的創作念頭源自2011年,在一次偶然的網上對談中,練錦順和左治發現著名小說《對倒》(劉以鬯著作)於兩人生活中引發的連串巧合,隔着不同時空卻平行發展的事情在二人之間一一發生,仿如《對倒》小說的情節出現在現實生活中。時代與命運造成了分隔,也同樣促成了他們在香港、溫哥華隔空的合作關係。

《對倒⇋彼岸 II 》2015
彩色攝影 61 x 122 cm

《對倒⇋彼岸》2014
黑白攝影 61 x 122 cm
(香港文化博物館收藏)

 

Thomas Lin & George Ho:
INTERSECTION – TWO CITIES
26 Apr - 4 Jun 2019
Centre A Gallery, Vancouver BC, Canada

 

The Second Image of Silk Road-
Tianshui Photography Biennale
18 - 27 Jun 2018
Tianshui Convention and Exhibition Centre
Gansu, China

 

Social Justice, joint exhibition
curated by Long Beach Arts Society
8 - 29 Aug 2015 
SCA Project Gallery, Pomona, CA, USA

 

From the Other Sides: Works by Independent Photographers, The Umbrella Festival
17 - 31 May 2015
5/F L5 Common Area, JCCAC, HK

 

HK International Photo Festival
11 – 31 Oct 2014
5/F L5 Common Area, JCCAC, HK
香港 賽馬會創意藝術中心 5 樓公共空間

 

19 – 29 Sep 2014
9/F Fuxing Store, SOGO, Taipei, Taiwan
台灣 台北 SOGO 復興館 9 樓 東北角

 

Your Kontinent Festival
17 – 26 July 2014
Richmond Cultural Centre (Upper Rotunda) 7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond BC, Canada

 

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