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The Charm of Tai O
By Irene Flanhardt,
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Published by Flanhardt Galerie und Atelier Limited
By: Irene Flanhardt,
257 x 210 mm
Dubbed the “Venice of the Orient”, Tai O Fishing Village is situated at the southwest of Lantau Island, Hong Kong. Captivated by its charm, simplicity and tranquility, Irene Flanhardt embarked on her art journey as a non-native and started taking photos in the village in December 2011.
The photos in this book depict the inhabitants’ lifestyle, their iconic stilt houses, the charming fishing boats, the culinary treasures, the nostalgic landscape, the old temples, activities associated with Chinese Festivals, the two devastating fires and some interesting objects Flanhardt found in the streets of Tai O. The photos documenting her love for Tai O were taken during the period 2011 to 2014.
Flanhardt dedicates this book to the inhabitants who have earned her admiration for their indomitable spirit. In June 2008, heavy downpours accounted for one quarter of the rain in the entire year in Hong Kong. It caused severe floods and landslides in Tai O, isolating it from the rest of Hong Kong. Telecommunications lines were down and the fresh water supply was interrupted for several days. Most houses were flooded and their residents’ personal belongings (including their precious family photos) were destroyed.
About Irene Flanhardt
Flanhardt gained her Bachelor of Visual Media from the Queensland College of Art, Griffith University, Australia in 2008. She is a painter, photographer, installation and paper-cutting artist. She set up her gallery, Flanhardt Galerie und Atelier, in December 2011 in the Tai O Fishing Village and has since curated and participated in a number of exhibitions including “The Nepalese Living in Hong Kong Today”, “Bits and Pieces of Tai O”, “Capturing Tai O” and “Streets of Life”. Her artwork has been exhibited in various venues including the Consulate General of Nepal in Hong Kong, Landmark Atrium, Tai O Heritage Hotel and Grantham Hospital. She focuses her work mainly on the Hong Kong community.