Laundry Art
Project info

Drying clothes is originally the most common thing in daily life. However, living in high-density places of Hong Kong, the space for drying clothes at home has become more and more narrow. Private spaces are compressed to the limit, which makes the rest of the public space more precious.

Since November 2017, I have been walking around Hong Kong looking at the “landscape.” I have been trying to create an image that can offer a different perspective on laundry object, public space, and narrow city there are many conflicts. In the "laundry art" series, the photographs are neither landscapes nor documentation, but a hybrid of the two. I have been trying to bring together two elements which seem opposed into one picture although these photographs may appear surreal, they are actual documentation of use of laundry from Hong Kong public space.

In the “laundry art” series of photographs, citizens respond to their own needs and discover, create and utilize the public spaces that belong to them. The art of clothes drying can be seen everywhere in Hong Kong. Some people carry their own clothes lines by skillfully using ropes and lamp posts, or ingenious use of the environment. It is inadvertently adding vitality to public spaces. Although drying clothes in public places still have grey areas in the law. I sincerely admire the laundry skills and adaptability of Hong Kong residents.