Lee’s Article in Trans-Asia Photography Review

Ian Lambot, Aerial View, Kowloon Walled City, 1990 © Ian Lambot
Ian Lambot, Aerial View, Kowloon Walled City, 1990 © Ian Lambot

Jung Joon Lee (Assistant Professor, History of Art + Visual Culture) was published in the Trans-Asia Photography Review. Her article Kowloon Walled City Revisited: Photography and Postcoloniality in the City of Darkness formed part of the Spring 2016 issue.

Greg Girard, Alley I, Kowloon Walled City, 1989-1991 © Greg Girard
Greg Girard, Alley I, Kowloon Walled City, 1989-1991 © Greg Girard

Her article explores the relationship between photography and Hong Kong’s postcolonial identity. Lee examines the photographs of Hong Kong’s Kowloon Walled City by Canadian photographer Greg Girard and British publisher Ian Lambot, taken between 1987 and 1992. Once a symbol of urban decay and unruliness, the demolition of the Walled City was complete in 1993, few years prior to the return of the former British colony to the People’s Republic of China. Today, the Walled City is remembered, through photographs and other cultural productions, as a symbol of the colonial Hong Kong that harbored its organic, rhizomatic growth. The desire for such memory making, Lee argues, is fundamental to the making of Hong Kong’s postcoloniality.

Greg Girard, BBQ Meat Factory, Kowloon Walled City, 1989-1991 © Greg Girard
Greg Girard, BBQ Meat Factory, Kowloon Walled City, 1989-1991 © Greg Girard

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Hong Kong, Kowloon Walled City, Photography, postcoloniality

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