Out in the Streets
Elisabeth Neudörfl guides through her solo exhibition Out in the Streets at Galerie Barbara Wien, presenting photographs and a video work. Her new series is a comprehensive photographic survey of the public urban space in Hong Kong in Spring 2020, when she travelled there to document the state of the city following the decline of the pro-democracy movement and the beginning of the Coronavirus pandemic. She photographed the universities and along the demonstration routes. But it isn’t only here – at the sites of the student protests – that Hong Kong appears as a dystopian city; other pictures depict closed shops, traffic-free streets, and deserted metro stations. Above all, the graffiti and painted-over graffiti reflect the conflicts and changes in the city. The photographs are an impressive testament to a moment in Hong Kong’s history – the eerie state of emergency between protest and pandemic.