Photography might have been an old friend, yet after this year of seemingly normal life, he has become more like a stranger to me. Just like strangers on the streets, you no longer say “good day” and “good night” to them.
The above quote by artist South HO Siu Nam 何兆南 (b. 1984, Hong Kong) introduces his publication of photographs Good Day Good Night／早安晚安, made during the the Umbrella Movement in Hong Kong in 2014, and released by brownie publishing ltd in 2015.
Publisher’s note: “Traversing through the days and nights of the two months of the Umbrella Movement in Hong Kong in 2014, the photographic works of South Ho intentionally avoid scenes of howling protests; instead he reverts to the quotidian perspective of the occupier, documenting another kind of landscape which is quiet and calm. These images constitute also the artist’s own confession in regards to the movement – where passion and loss interweave into a tangled sense of paradox and futility.”Blindspot Gallery. Ho was awarded the Hong Kong Contemporary Art Biennial Awards 2009. He was selected as finalist of The Sovereign Asian Art Prize 2011 and as nominee for the Société Générale Chinese Art Awards 2010. His work is collected by the Burger Collection, Hong Kong Heritage Museum, Legislative Council of Hong Kong and Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts in Japan.
In 2013, he co-founded 100 ft. PARK, a non-commercial art space dedicated to providing an open platform for exhibiting and sharing art.
Good Day Good Night／早安晚安 is available at the SaltYard bookstore. More from South Ho at http://www.sixsixho.com.