Chan Hong Yui Clement
In his series Z-Axis Chan Clement focuses on the city of Hong Kong, which 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 have been designed into a grid system – an architectural urban planning method which is found in many other cities in the world such as New York. According to the Hong Kong Planning Department, about 47% of the city area lies above 100 mPD (i.e. 100 meters above Principal Datum, or 98.77 meters above mean sea level). This means almost half of the city had to be built on uplands, resulting in what is commonly known as a multi-level urban design. In Z-Axis Chan aims at documenting this type of multi-level urban design in Hong Kong. In mathematical terms, Z-axis refers to the depth of an object in a three-dimensional coordinate system. His photographs show the deviation and different levels in height between the tops of the tower blocks and the depths of the urban valleys with its stores, markets, roads and construction sites. Looking at the Hong Kong cityscape along the Z-axis, Chan creates more understanding of the way in which the topographical factor impacts Hong Kong citizens’ habitation, and to what extend the city has been altered in an attempt to adapt to the natural environment.
Chan Hong Yui Clement (1992, HK/GB) graduated from Savannah College of Art and Design, US, in 2015 and currently lives and works in Hong Kong.