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“At first; mountains are mountains and rivers are rivers; while you are studying, mountains are no longer mountains and rivers are no longer rivers; but once you have had enlightenment, mountains are once again mountains and rivers again rivers.” — “Transmission of the Lamp” (Song Dynasty) 

Artist Yan Kallen studied and lived overseas for many years, participating in many museum and gallery exhibitions abroad. However, Yan always regarded Hong Kong as home. Upon his return from Kyoto, Yan captured his own understanding and sentiments of Hong Kong using traditional Chinese painting style in combination with epiphany derived from Zen school of thought originating from Song Dynasty.

In this city, old houses are demolished every day and construction in process is found everywhere — around any corner, you can find a new high-rise building that seemingly came from nowhere. Revisiting places that were etched into his memory before he left Hong Kong as a child, this book starts from the home of Yan’s grandfather in Pak Hung House in Choi Wan Estate, Ngau Chi Wan. In this easily forgotten place surrounded by high cement walls, how can one gently set down one’s memories?

Perhaps this is a question that every one of us need to answer for ourselves.


殷家樑 YAN Kallen

1981年生於香港,先後於倫敦中央聖馬丁設計學院及紐約帕森設計學院修讀設計,其後於2004年成立個人工作室Office of Yan Kallen,並在紐約和阿姆斯特丹開展藝術指導生涯。2009年開始個人創作,作品曾於首爾、悉尼、京都及香港展出。2016年於「KYOTOGRAPHIE 京都国際写真祭」獲得KG+ Award年度大獎,亦曾入選2012年香港當代藝術獎、2013年香港攝影集比賽及PhotoLucida Critical Mass 2015。

Born in Hong Kong in 1981. Yan attended Central Saint Martins College in London and Parsons School of Design in New York. In 2004, Yan launched his studio, Office of Yan Kallen, and began his career in art directing in New York and Amsterdam. Working primarily with photography, sculptures, and video, Yan finds inspiration from traditional Eastern philosophical ideas and is known for his works on the relationship between human and nature. Yan started creating artworks in 2009, exhibited in Seoul, Sydney, Kyoto and Hong Kong. In 2016, Yan received the Kyotographie International Photography Festival KG+AWARD, and was previously shortlisted for the Hong Kong Contemporary Art Awards by Hong Kong Museum of Art in 2012, Hong Kong Photo Book Awards in 2013 and The 2015 PhotoLucida Critical Mass.


Size: 248 × 324 × 20mm
Pages: 42 pages
Binding: Hardcover with z-folding
Printing: Offset printing
Publication Year: 2018
Language: Traditional Chinese, English
Edition: First Edition
ISBN: 978-988-77930-7-6