Life is like a drama. You cannot guess when you will win or lose. It is full of ups and downs. As the tidal waves of the times tumble relentlessly, the grassroots are pushed to the edge of the storm. In the distant past, boats were broken during typhoons and it was uncertain when the boat dwellers could be accommodated ashore. Recently, when the pandemic sweeps across the world and causes incessant waves of unemployment. The grassroots remain suffering from high rents. The underprivileged community is fragile and powerless in the general environment.
It takes ten years to sharpen a sword.” Growing up in difficult circumstances, our children face a bumpy road and uncertain future. Nevertheless, with unquestioning love from their families and kind assistance from others, these children preserved their innocence and ambition to thrive, never complaining nor abandoning their sense of responsibility to family and society.
“One of the saddest lines in the world is, ‘Oh come on now – be realistic.’ The best parts of this world were not fashioned by those who were realistic. They were fashioned by those who dared to look hard at their wishes and gave them horses to ride.”
A child’s view of our world can be moving and transcend the limits of the lens. It gives us a vision into affection, social events and the community of these underprivileged neighborhoods, enhancing our understanding of a child’s participation in society.
This exhibition unveils a secret which has been hidden and opens a wound that has not healed. Treading the back alleys of the old neighborhoods, climbing on the trucks, stepping on the ruined staircases, crawling into packed cage homes, it serves as a conscious endeavor to disarticulate alienation and estrangement through a close encounter with these “invisibles” in our city.