“Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else” – Margaret MeadCertain aspects of one’s individual identity such as race, gender, ancestry, genetic makeup and so on, come naturally at birth. One could however consciously choose other aspects such as nicknames, profession, religion, hairstyles, ways of life, gender expression, et cetera to make oneself more unique.Between choice and nature, there are aspects such as nationality, history, psyche, social roles, which influence our sense of identity. Identity could simply be personal disposition, or an unwilling imposition by the society at large. If identification of self makes the person, collective identity allows for mutual recognition—security as well as solidarity. Group attributes, though, could be real or virtual, lasting or ephemeral, like one’s profile on social media. Overemphasis of the collective, however, could result in alienation, prejudice, confrontation and even enmity. In the age of globalisation, a local majority could easily become a minority in the wider world. As global citizens, we hope for and embrace the belief that elastic and flexible identities can bring diversity and progress, rather than confrontation.If defining our collective identities in this city seems like an almost impossible pursuit, images could, perhaps, provide a platform to start.“Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else’s opinion, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quottion” – Oscar Wilde
Ducky Tse Chi Tak was born and lives in Hong Kong. Early in his career he worked as a professional photojournalist for over 15 years. Currently, he is an independent photographer and visual artist. For many years, his main focus in photography is to record environmental and spatial changes in Hong Kong.Ducky participated in and organised the first Hong Kong International Photo Festival in 2009. He has been the recipient of many awards including being a winner in multiple years of the Society of Publishers in Asia – Excellence in Feature Photography. His work has been presented in various exhibitions in Hong Kong, Japan and France and has been acquired by private collections and museums.「萬念 . 歸寂」To the people of Hong Kong, their identity is a volatile mixture of conflicting matters, an out-turn of the 155-year- long colonial rule as well as its missing place in the course of its handover. Under national chauvinism, Hong Kong people are Chinese, period. But deep-seated social conflicts and large-scale anti-government movements would not have burgeoned if things were this simple. Hong Kong and China have gone onto separate paths culturally, religiously, ideologically, politically and economically because of past borders. The ceremonial handover has done nothing more than recolonising the colonised other into the other’s-other. This project reconstructs a dialogue that transcends time. Images of texts, portraits and historical moments from the past are projected onto the border that is vanishing.