26 Apr – 19 May 2006
Goethe-Gallery . Goethe-Institut Hongkong
2 Harbour Road . Wanchai
Mon-Fri 10-20:30 . Sat 13-18
While the HK Magazine previewed in its recent issue (Friday, April 14, 2006) of the upcoming 'Lights out Hong Kong' campaign, the Goethe-Institut Hongkong is analysing the light performance of the economical tiger from its artistic perspective. And we don't think of the deliberate use of lights which one sees at the festive seasons. What we do is to present a city portrait of Hong Kong (and its sister tigers) by German photographer Peter Bialobrzeski who captured his series of neon tigers - Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Bangkok and Singapore - in their neon light form. What one will see at the exhibition here will be photo prints of 5 feet x 4 feet mounted on aluminium boards. The photos expose the brightness and lightness of the megacities where density is normally expected. Here, gravity is suspended by light. Peter Bialobrzeski studied policy and sociology before he worked as a reporter in his birth city Wolfsburg (the city where Volkswagen is produced). During his studies in communication design with a major in photography in Essen (Folkwangschule) and in London (LCP) he undertook numerous journeys to Asia. Since 1989 he has worked with many international magazines, from GEO Germany for the Korean GEO to the New York Times. Since 1994 he is a member of the agency 'laif' in Cologne. He has won numerous awards at the renowned World Press Award for 'Arts/ Stories' in the year 2003. His photographs were shown in solo and group exhibitions in all five continents. Since 2002 Bialobrzeski is professor for photography at the University for the Arts in Bremen. The galleries L.A.Galerie Lothar Albrecht in Frankfurt and Laurence Miller in New York represent his works on the art market and they are published by Hatje Cantz.