everyone is anonymous hero, hong kong
With more then seven million people Hong Kong is one of the most densely populated city in the world; a multicultural environment with a mixed collective memory, an intersection of experiences and a complex sense of belonging. Hong Kong is currently living one of the most delicate moments of its history, facing new growing uncertainties, before the "two country, two systems" arrangement will cease to exist in 2046. From September 26th until December 11th 2014, several of Hong Kong's major intersections have been occupied by protestors seeking for a truly universal suffrage. Thousands of people have taken the streets, camped in open air, built study areas, organised storage facilities, fought with police and fiercely defended their newly built city within the city. In the occupied areas, it was possible to perceive a sense of space, freedom, and creativity that was in strong contrast with the characteristics of Hong Kong as a highly densely populated megacity. "Every one is anonymous hero" was one of the many messages posted over tents to invite photographers and visitors to avoid taking close up pictures of protestors; to protect protestors from recognition, and prevent repercussions; but also to underline the strength and power that lies behind being part of a cohesive group of people. The movement, while demanding for a truly universal suffrage, contributed to further divide public opinion, deepening Hong Kong enduring identity crisis and augmenting anti-mainland sentiments, especially among the younger generations.
This project is ongoing