Honorable Mention / 2018 / Book Proposal (series Only) / Fine Art

Where Time Turns Black

  • Photographer
    Agnes Ku

The book reflects on time, memory and aging. Memory is a multi-layered process of connection, disconnection and reconnection --- (re-)connecting to/ disconnecting from not only one’s personal past but also family history and spatial landscape. Entering into her elderly mother’s lost memory space, returning to the old district where she spent her childhood, the artist looks around in the city and finds things not entirely familiar. The project undertakes visual experimentation via the mobile phone, featuring the original effects of black-out and distortion in a panoramic format without post-production. The aesthetic effects go well with the intended symbolic meanings in conveying a sense of (unknown) loss. Something that has made who we are is slipping away. What is real, and what not?

Agnes Ku is a sociologist and amateur photographer in Hong Kong. She received her PhD in sociology at UCLA in 1995 and is currently associate professor of social science at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. She has published widely in international journals, on issues relating to culture and identity, urban space, and civil society. In 2016-2017, she completed a postgraduate diploma program in photography, held two solo exhibitions and published her debut photo book, Where Time Turns Black. The book, which traverses art photography, writing and sociology, has received Bronze Prize (Fine Art) and Honorable Mention (Fine Art) respectively in Japan and in USA. Agnes has also published review essays on photographic works by other artists.

Awards *2018 Honorable Mention, International Photography Awards OneShot (USA)

*2017 Bronze Prize (Book/ Fine Art) -- Where Time Turns Black -- Tokyo International Foto Awards (Japan)

*2017 Honorable Mention (Book/ Fine Art) -- Where Time Turns Black -- International Photography Awards (USA)

*2017 Honorable Mention (Special Effect) -- -- "Where Time Turns Black" series -- International Photography Awards (USA)

*2017 Published photo book: Where Time Turns Black (AsiaOne Books)

*2017 Solo photo exhibition, “Where Time Turns Black” at Library Gallery, HKUST, Hong Kong

*2017 Solo photo exhibition: “Where Time Turns Black” at Chan Lai-ling Gallery, Hong Kong

*2016 Postgraduate Diploma in Photography (with Distinction), HKU SPACE, Hong Kong

*2011 Silver Medal (Landscape), PSNY (New York, USA)