London: Aiya Studio, 2019. Linda Rosa (translation). First Edition. Limited. 25 numbered copies. Softcover. NEW. Bilingual. B/W plates. 29.5 x 21 cm (oblong). Unpaginated. Item #10903
Bamboo, the literal and very physical backbone of Hong Kong has been intrinsic to progress and growth in the city for centuries. Visible on any given day, these bamboo scaffolding structures are bound together by an army of faceless, highly skilled and widely respected silhouettes in the sky. Their poetry in motion is an art form in itself, their speed incomprehensible, their fear of no heights, unreal. You will find no nuts, no bolts, no clamps anywhere. Towering structures are held together only by ingenious plastic lashings, using techniques finessed through generations.
London based artist Kevin Berry’s latest project, ‘Bamboo Rising’, pays homage to his hometown of Hong Kong and focuses on the centuries old techniques that the city’s bamboo scaffolders rely on to keep progress going in an ever changing 21st century metropolis.
‘Bamboo Rising’ is an ongoing photographic project that started a number of years ago and having grown up in the city, Kevin regularly returns to document and capture the masterful skills and unique structures these scaffolders create, providing an opportunity to observe a traditional way of life, that from a western perspective is seemingly at odds with the hard sleek modernity that it contributes to creating.
Zine details: Hand collated, folded, punched, stitched and printed in Hackney, London. 5
hole Japanese stab binding. Bound with green thread reflecting the traditional and most
common colour of debris netting found throughout construction sites in Hong Kong.