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“Stefan Irvine: Abandoned Villages of Hong Kong” on View Through February 25, 2024, at Blue Lotus Gallery

Stefan Irvine, ‘Abandoned Villages of Hong Kong.’ Credit: Stefan Irvine Photography

Blue Lotus Gallery supports the publication of photobooks and exhibitions that explore Hong Kong’s culture and identity through photography. Through February 25, the gallery presents “Abandoned Villages of Hong Kong,” a solo exhibition by Stefan Irvine (b. 1976).

Irvine was born in London and has been based in Hong Kong since 2002. After working as a photojournalist and commercial photographer, Irvine has been showing photography projects in art galleries for the past few years.

Irvine’s new series consists of documentary photographs of abandoned buildings and isolated nature throughout Hong Kong. Before the 1960s, people in Hong Kong worked in agriculture and fishing and lived in isolated villages. After rapid urbanization drove people away, rural houses were abandoned and overrun by nature.

In Irvine’s photographs, abandoned houses covered in vines tell the stories of the passage of time, while the furniture and objects left behind deliver the narratives of the people who once lived there and of the past. A photobook was published to accompany the exhibition.

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