Chan Hong Yui Clement

Opens Wednesday 16 May, 6 – 8pm
Runs 17 – 27 May 2018

Part of the Head On Photo Festival 

Hong Kong-based artist Chan Hong Yui Clement works primarily with photographic images. Through his diverse approach to image-making, Chan reveals both the limitations and potentials inherent in the photographic language, resulting in image-based works that tend to be medium-specific and process-driven.

Hong Kong is situated on a hilly and mountainous terrain. Because of the lack of natural flat land, Hong Kong simply does not have the prerequisite to be designed into a grid system—a town planning method that is found in many other world cities such as New York. According to the Hong Kong Planning Department, about 47% of the land in Hong Kong lies above 100 mPD (metres above Principal Datum, i.e. 1.23m below the mean sea level in Hong Kong). Almost half of Hong Kong therefore has to be built on uplands, resulting in what is commonly known as a multi-level urban design.

Z-Axis aims at documenting the type of multi-level urban design that is shaped by the hilly and mountainous terrain in Hong Kong. Z-Axis, in mathematical terms, refers to the depth of an object in a three-dimensional coordinate system. Looking into the Hong Kong urban landscape along the Z-Axis, one can gain more understanding of how the topographical factor impacts Hong Kong people’s habitation and to what extent the land has been altered in an attempt to adapt to the natural environment.


Chan’s works had been selected to exhibit at the International Photo Festival Leiden, Leiden (2018), Photoville, New York (2017), Liverpool International Photography Festival, Liverpool (2017) and Krakow Photomonth Festival, Krakow (2016). Graduated from Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) in 2015.

Chan currently lives and works in Hong Kong.