Close to Home

  • Derek Man
Close to Home looks at the housing market in Hong Kong, exploring the lives of those caught in the struggle between the human need for shelter and the commercial need for growth – a situation that resonates worldwide. It can also be seen as a record of how rapidly the city landscape is changing from the perspective of an expatriate who has lived in the UK for 12 years.
By showing the up-and-coming private estates, the oldest and newest social housing, showrooms displaying the perfect flats, estate agents desperately selling up land, and the gates behind which ultra wealthy homes sit, the work weaves together a vision of a housing future that is recognisable globally, placing the lives of the people caught in this tension of the commodification of homes back into the wider social context.
Exhibited at LOOK/17 Liverpool International Photography Festival, supported using public funding by Arts Council England.


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