Sin Sin Fine Art is pleased to present a photography exhibition, Agoraphobia by Alfred Ko. It is a series of portraits of public space, or space abandoned by the public. While the agora is commonly known as an open space used for markets and public meetings in ancient Greece, Agoraphobia addresses not ancient history, but the oblivion of history as that which makes us human. Ko has been contemplating on the way built environments become oppressive forces that break up social fabrics over the past ten years. Select works from his first ever color series Claustrophobia featured in this exhibition reveal how ill-favored colors of our consumerist society are blinding. From condemning congestion and decay, Ko moves on to evocation. Agoraphobia is the flip side of colorful lives emptied out of values. It confronts the deliberate policies and systems of power that constitute the void. The portraits are the remains of the purges.
Alfred Ko Chi-Keung studied photography in the Banff School of Fine Arts in Canada. In the 1980s, with the support of friends and colleagues, Ko founded FOTOCINE and Photo Centre, which were to become the nurturing ground for numerous professional photographers in Hong Kong. Apart from being awarded “Photographer of the Year” presented by Hong Kong Artists’ Guild in 1992, his photography have won awards: “Palace Museum – The Forbidden City” have won the “Champion Book of the Year Awards” and the “Best Produce English Book” presented by the Hong Kong Urban Council in 1982 and 1984 respectively, and collaborative work “Nouvelle Chinese Chinoise” won the “Champion Cook Book of the Year” in 1989, also presented by the Hong Kong Urban Council. Ko has participated in many group and solo exhibitions locally and internationally. Solo exhibitions include “Hong Kong, China” (1993), “The Blues” (1997), and “Nocturne” (2008). Ko is founding member of the Hong Kong Institute of Professional Photographers. His works are collected by the Hong Kong Heritage Museum and private collectors.
Sin Sin Fine Art將於28/6舉辦高志強攝影展覽「懼曠」（Agoraphobia）。是次展覽將展示一系列有關公眾地方與被公眾棄置的空間之影像。Agora指古希臘用作買賣和公眾集會的公共空間。「懼曠」不著重古代歷史，而是聚焦於被遺忘的歷史，這特性也塑造了人文。高志強認為過去十年環境建築趨向壓迫，對社會結構造成破壞。從高志強首個彩色攝影系列精選的作品中，其令人不快的色彩反映出我們的消費主義社會令人眩目的情況。在最新的展覽，高志強從對擁塞與衰落的譴責轉向喚醒。「懼曠」是多姿多彩卻空洞的另一面，它所面對的是建構空白的政策與權力的系統。影像是經清理後的殘餘。
高志強早年於加拿大Banff藝術學院學習攝影。八十年代創立FOTOCINE影藝攝影學校及攝影中心（Photo Centre），培育了許多香港專業攝影師。高氏曾獲攝影奬項包括1992年香港藝術家聯盟頒發的「攝影家年奬」。他的攝影集「故宮 － 紫禁城宮殿」分別於1982年及1984年獲香港市政局「最佳書藉年奬」和「最佳英文書籍奬」。另一曾參與工作的攝影書籍「Nouvelle Chinese Chinoise」更於1989年獲香港市政局「最佳烹任書籍年奬」。高氏曾舉辦和參與多個本地及國際性的聯展及個展，本地個展包括「中港印象」(1993)及「藍調」(1997) [ 夜祭] ( 2008)。高氏為香港專業攝師公會創會會員。其作品被香港文化博物館與私人收藏。