After

  • A man pushes a trolley in Central. Photo courtesy of May James.
  • A security guard guarding alone at the The International Finance Centre mall on March 28, 2020

The Covid-19 pandemic is a moment that will mark a clear line in history: nothing that comes after will be quite the same as before. It has exposed all the ways our society does not work—the injustices and inequalities—but also the solidarity, collective ingenuity and hope for change. And it comes at a time when Hong Kong is already dealing with a particularly tough social and political situation. What are the challenges posed by the pandemic? And what are the design opportunities to rethink society in the new era that comes after? “After” addresses those questions through a mentorship programme for young talents that brings together text, photos and videos. Following an initial selection process, finalists will put together works that will finally be exhibited online and in person.

The Covid-19 pandemic is a moment that will mark a clear line in history: nothing that comes after will be quite the same as before. It has exposed all the ways our society does not work—the injustices and inequalities—but also the solidarity, collective ingenuity and hope for change. And it comes at a time when Hong Kong is already dealing with a particularly tough social and political situation. What are the challenges posed by the pandemic? And what are the design opportunities to rethink society in the new era that comes after? “After” addresses those questions through a mentorship programme for young talents that brings together text, photos and videos. Following an initial selection process, finalists will put together works that will finally be exhibited online and in person.

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2020
Grantee: Nicole Andrianjaka de Surville

Nicole Andrianjaka de Surville is the founder and editor in chief of Zolima CityMag, an online magazine dedicated to the creative and cultural scene of Hong Kong. French, born to parents from Berlin and Madagascar, Nicole came to China the first time 30 years ago and has been here ever since. In the past, she has led the Chinese operations of Parisian fashion trend research and design agency Carlin International, as well as the Asian operations of Bucol (Hermes Group). More recently, she has tapped into her background in strategic business development and her passion for exploring cultural, art, fashion and lifestyle to create Zolima CityMag, which was launched in 2015 as a guide to the back alleys and hidden corners of Hong Kong’s unique culture.

Organisation: Zolima CityMag

Zolima CityMag’s “After” collective brings together individuals from all corners of Hong Kong’s creative scene under the guidance of Zolima CityMag’s founder Nicole Andrianjaka de Surville. Ellen Pau is a key figure in Hong Kong’s art scene and co-founder of Videotage, a pioneering video arts organisation, and she will provide insight to young videographers. Acclaimed photojournalist May James will guide the photographers who submit work to the project. Christopher DeWolf, Zolima CityMag’s managing editor and a journalist who focused on urban life and culture, will mentor writers. Artist Kingsley Ng, known for his conceptual, site-specific projects, will lend a critical eye to submissions, along with May Fung co-founder of Videotage and founder of ACO, a group that provides studio space, a gallery and bookstore to the creative community in Wan Chai’s Foo Tak Building.