Memory is a multi-layered process of connection, disconnection and reconnection ─ (re-)connecting to/ disconnecting from not only one’s personal past but also family history and spatial landscape. Entering into her elderly mother’s lost memory space, returning to the old district where she spent her childhood, the artist looks around in the city and finds things not entirely familiar. The symptoms that result from the development of collective hysteria led her to contemplate existence and essence. Her lens gently plays over the passage of time, inadvertently leaving irreparable lacunae in the image. Blackness ─ a feeling of mysterious suspense, hovers between the individual and the collective, between remembering and forgetting, and between the past and the present. The project undertakes visual experimentation via the mobile phone, featuring the effects of blackness and distortion in a panoramic format in a most original way. The operation is strictly straight photography without post-production. (The book, which traverses art photography, writing and sociology, has received several international awards including Bronze Prize (Fine Art), Honorable Mention (Fine Art) and Honorable Mention (Book) respectively in Tokyo International Foto Awards 2017, International Photography Awards 2017 (USA) and Prix de la Photographie 2018.)
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About the Author
Agnes Ku, a sociologist and amateur photographer, is currently Associate Professor of Social Science at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. She has published widely on issues relating to culture, identity, urban space, and civil society. In 2017, she held two solo exhibitions and published her debut photo book, Where Time Turns Black. The book, which traverses art photography, writing and sociology, has received several international awards including Bronze Prize (Fine Art), Honorable Mention (Fine Art) and Honorable Mention (Book) respectively in Tokyo International Foto Awards 2017, International Photography Awards 2017 (USA) and Prix de la Photographie 2018.
記憶，牽繫一段關於連結、斷裂、及再相連的歷程，折射著個人、家庭與城市之間相互交纏的故事。墮進年邁母親所遺失的記憶空間內，重返孩童時曾生活的舊區，作者環顧城市四周，發現眼前景物不盡熟悉。一種集體的癔症徵狀，誘發她對存在與本質的沉思冥想。在這本攝影詩文集，作者以非常細膩和極富創意的手法，表達對記憶、地方和年老的感悟。局部留黑及失真的影像，是純直接拍攝而非後期加工，具有深遠的象徵意涵。（攝影集曾獲多個國際攝影獎項，包括2017年度東京國際攝影大獎銅獎（純藝術）、美國的2017年度國際攝影大獎優異獎（純藝術）、以及2018年度Prix de la Photographie優異獎。）
谷淑美在香港科技大學任教社會學，業餘從事攝影創作。於2017年舉辦過兩次個人展覽，並出版攝影集《流光.時黑》，透過影像、寫作及社會學思考，探索跨領域創作。攝影集曾獲多個國際攝影獎項，包括2017年度東京國際攝影大獎銅獎（純藝術）、美國的2017年度國際攝影大獎優異獎（純藝術）、以及2018年度Prix de la Photographie優異獎。
Where Time Turns Black／流光．時黑｜Agnes Shuk-mei Ku／谷淑美｜ISBN 978-988-77121-5-2｜225 mm x 290 mm｜186 pages｜Hardcover｜Language: Bilingual in English and Chinese｜Published by AsiaOne Books Ltd. ｜2017