Life Stories of the trapped experience centre

This is Hong Kong, our city, that we are familiar and unfamilar.

By Alan Au | 2023 . 2023 . Housing . Exhibition Theme

“Humanity in COVID”

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.


Trapped – Photo Exhibition on Grassroots Housing in Hong Kong

In 2016, Society for Community Organization (SoCO) are working with photographer Benny Lam again to jointly organize a “Living Under Constraint” photo exhibition. Over 50 new photos are included, in a sequence of six series, all showing life in the 100sq ft “flats”.



40 square feet can be the size of a toilet, a kitchen or a balcony. It is just enough for three or four people to lie down, four or five swivel chairs, or 57 pieces of tiled A4-sized paper. But to some people, it is the size of the entire house which they call home.


Sojourning as tempura – Inadequate Housing Photo Exhibition

By using the voice of the photos, the exhibition unveils the dark side of the metropolitan and shows the toughness of the underprivileged in urban slums.


The Invisible: Exhibition of hidden groups in Hong Kong

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.


Cage Home Exhibition

This cage home is actually situated in Tai Kok Tsui and an example of Hong Kong’s inadequate accommodation – according to government statistics there are nearly 100,000 people in Hong Kong who live in cage homes, cubicles or small partitioned flats.


Cagehome Exhibition

This exhibition is a basis for making 1:1 real models of cagehome. Bringing public a experience of their poor living condition.


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Community Health Center (Tsuen Wan)

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Prior Social Housing Limited

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Address: 6/F A, Posco Building 165 Un Chau Street,

Sham Shui Po, Kowloon, Hong Kong

SoCO New World

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Address: 4/F Posco Building 165 Un Chau Street,

Sham Shui Po, Kowloon, Hong Kong

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Address: 7A/F, Posco Building, 165 Un Chau Street,

Sham Shui Po, Kowloon, Hong Kong.

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