10. January 2011 – 06. May 2011 · 02:27 pm

Portraits from Above

Self-built settlements on the roofs of high-rise buildings have been a feature of Hong Kong’s history for more than fifty years. Rooftop structures range from the most basic of shelters housing the underprivileged to intricate multi-storey constructions equipped with all the amenities of modern life. In their exhibition, Rufina Wu (Canada) and Stefan Canham (Germany) document five rooftop communities located in the older districts of the Kowloon Peninsula, which are set to undergo profound changes as part of an urban renewal scheme. Textual material recounting the residents’ stories, scale drawings of the different rooftop structures and dwellings, and photographs of the domestic interiors of more than twenty households provide a unique insight into everyday life on the rooftops of Hong Kong. The project was awarded third prize at the 5th International Bauhaus Award in 2008. It has been published by Peperoni Books in Berlin and MCCM Creations in Hong Kong under the title ">Portraits from Above - Hong Kong’s Informal Rooftop Communities" and has also gone on display at numerous exhibitions in Europe, Asia and North America. And now, from 10th February to 6th May, the people of Dresden and visitors from further afield will have the opportunity to find out more about this unusual way of living.

Duration of exhibition 10 March until 6 May 2011. Entrance free. Opening hours Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.