Learning from Wah Fu Estate: Exploratory Efforts in Public Engagement


/Gary Pui-fung Wong (University of Hong Kong) /Vincci W.S. Mak (University of Hong Kong)
/Natalia Echeverri (University of Hong Kong, Docomomo HK) /Denise Tse-shang Tang (Lingnan University)
/Michelle Chan Wan Chee (Visual Artist)  


Date: 3 August 2021
Time: 7:00-8:30 pm (via ZOOM)


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Meeting ID: 947 6849 5191


How can spaces for care like photobooks and museums be reimagined through public engagement? This session returns to questions posed in Capturing for Care with a focus on projects at a specific Hong Kong public housing estate. Conceived by architect Donald Liao as “a small town rather than a housing estate,” Wah Fu housed lower-to-middle income citizens on a promontory between Pokfulam and Aberdeen for over half a century. Its demolition is now in preparation; the relocation of residents will begin in 2026. In anticipation, researchers from the University of Hong Kong started studying daily life at the estate and have developed a series of public engagement exhibitions (2018 and 2019) and a pilot project for a Community Museum (ComMuse) (2018).

The Wah Fu research team will present their work at the estate in discussion with artist Michelle Chan Wan Chee, a recent collaborator who works with photography as social practice. As part of her project, Kaufu (2019 and ongoing), Chan uses the model bus collection of her uncle, who passed away in 2019, to explore the city through retired bus routes like China Motor Bus’s former 41, which began in Wah Fu and stopped operating in 1997.


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