Lion Rock is not just any mountain, it’s Hong Kong’s most famous peak laden with symbolism and meanings that are evolving over time. Inspired by Hokusai’s important woodblock series “36 Views on Mount Fuji” which was created in 1830, Romain Jacquet-Lagrèze set out to capture Hong Kong’s famous peak in a similar yet contemporary fashion, in order to express the many faces of this legendary mountain top.
Why it matters:
The Lion Rock is featured in each of the photos, some in a far distance obscured by high rise buildings, traffic or bustling markets. In other images, it is more prominent, far removed from the urban jungle, oozing peace and tranquility. Some photos are shot at the break of the day, others during the blue moment at dusk. In short, “36 Views of Lion Rock” reads like a letter to the mountain that Hongkongers know and love so well.
．With this project, Jacquet-Lagrèze captures a rich visual narrative of how the Hong Kong people interact with and create their perception of the famous mountaintop. As per Mona Chu (who wrote the foreword in this publication): “Lion Rock, an oddly shaped mountain straddling a few districts in Kowloon and the New Territories, is perhaps the biggest myth embraced by the pragmatic Hong Kong people. Like any myth, it is a fluid body of narratives by generations of eager writers. Conversations around the Lion Rock continue to
evolve as different people are seeking to redefine it.
．The Lion Rock became a pop culture icon through the television series “Below the Lion Rock”, produced by public broadcaster RTHK in the 1970s. Each episode would feature the daily lives of grassroots, reflecting their circumstances and social conditions of the time. Though unintended by the producers, the characters of the show and its eponymous theme song came to symbolise the collective determination to work hard for prosperity, while helping their communities in times of adversity. Over time, many people who resided in
Hong Kong came to see Lion Rock as a representation of the city’s collective spirit.
．Under the artist’s lens, the lion has many faces. The rock peeps through gaps of high-rise buildings, overlooking the city as the local neighbourhoods and markets bustle with energy. Other times, it is enveloped by a sea of clouds during dusk. These mundane scenes are all those that Hong Kong people may have seen or recognise – perhaps on their daily commute, or right outside their window.
．This book and exhibition is not only an exploration of the many narratives the Lion Rock embodies, but also serves as a reminder for those who resonate with Hong Kong as home.
Background – Romain Jacquet-Lagrèze:
Romain Jacquet-Lagrèze於1978年⽣於法國，畢業於巴黎東⼤學多媒體藝術學系碩⼠，原為平⾯設計師。在洛杉磯及東京⼯作期間，他開始接觸攝影，⾄2009年移居香港後，環境的衝擊令他更爲熱衷以攝影創作。⾼聳入雲的摩天⼤樓，在他眼中看來格外驚艷，讓他禁不住透過攝影表達他對這座城市的震撼感受。在幾何圖形般的市區環境裡，香港⼈過著活⼒多彩的⽣活，這正是香港令他著迷的原因。Romain的作品在本地及海外媒體備受矚⽬，曾得到南華早報、蘋果⽇報、Herald Tribune, National Geographic、Lonely Planet、El Pais、Figaro、Huﬃngton Post、The Guardian、Stern等多間媒體報導。⾄今他已出版了五本不同攝影系列作品的相集，最新著作為《獅⼦⼭三⼗六景》。
Romain Jacquet-Lagrèze was born in Paris in 1987 and graduated with a Masters in Creative Media at the East Paris University. In 2009 he moved to Hong Kong, which inspired him to photograph the different aspects of his new home city. Stunned by the architectural race to the sky and the three dimensional character of Hong Kong, where lifts connect so many
people and business they earn street names, he published his first book with Asia One: ‘Vertical Horizon’ (p. 2012). The work was a hit a on social media and soon after his photographs spread like wild fire over the internet receiving attention from heavy weight local and international press. Motivated by the international bravo he continued to make new projects exploring Hong Kong’s unique landscape. His newest project, 36 Views of Lion Rock (p. 2022) showcases the unique dynamic between the symbolic mountain of Hong Kong, its city and inhabitants.
Romain Jacquet-Lagrèze藝術家分享會於9⽉18⽇ (星期⽇)下午2時舉行，敬請聯繫kozaf@bluelotus-gallery.com留座。
Artist Talk with Romain Jacquet-Lagrèze will be held on Sunday 18 September, 2pm. Meet at the gallery, RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Thirty-six Views of Lion Rock by Romain Jacquet-Lagrèze
2022.9.9 – 10.9
Blue Lotus Gallery
G/F, 28 Pound Lane, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
Courtesy to the gallery and the artists