“Cities are synonymous with bustle and chaos in an era where the urban population increasingly seems to long for stillness. Population growth and the influx of refugees cause the West to be in an identity crisis. I explore if silence and stillness – both leitmotivs are running through my artwork as a photographer – can also be found in an Asian metropolis like Hong Kong and if so, how we might learn from such a densely populated area about how to cope with identity. In places where people are being swallowed up by the crowd and therefore threaten to lose their identities, I noticed everyone seems to accept that fate in an almost poetic way. Soft colors and an ever-present line pattern give air and light to daily urban, life.
I try to translate this feeling into stylized images in which meditative silence reigns. In this way I attempt to answer the question that will increasingly come up for discussion in our world of exponential growth, namely how to create and experience a liveable context in which the individual is not being lost”.
Image and text courtesy of Sepp van Dun from his series ‘Hong Kong Stillness’.
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