The Peninsula Hotel, Hong Kong
In 1936, the first cross-Pacific passengers’ flight Philippine Clipper (seaplane) landed in Victoria Harbour, The Peninsula Hong Kong was the arrival destination. The official route from Hong Kong to San Francisco was in use in 1937, two of which were named Hong Kong Clipper, which became a symbol of the Hong Kong aviation industry. Compared to the 30 days sea journey, it only took nine days by air, which has greatly reduced the travel time. The Peninsula Hong Kong then became the boarding destination for many major airlines, acting as an important element of the development of Hong Kong.
The artist fantasises about the reappearance of a seaplane named “Kowloon Clipper” in Victoria Harbour in the year 2018 – passengers board the seaplane in The Peninsula Hong Kong and fly around the world. Artist would like to erect an illuminate installation using familiar texts like “boarding ” or “Final Call” outside The Peninsula Hong Kong, to arouse the audience’s curiosity and imagination of the hotel as a historical building as well as a fascinating Hong Kong tale, in a humorous way.
After completing his Higher Diploma course in Social Work from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 2006, South Ho has worked for various magazines as editor and photographer. He now focuses on photography, black and white in particular, and gets himself involved in a little bit of writing as well. He loves discovering various photographic subjects from society in order to express his viewpoints on existence.
South Ho has been actively participating in various photography exhibitions since 2007.
In 2008, he took part in the “Imaging Hong Kong Contemporary Photography Exhibition”, a major photography exhibition in Hong Kong. His photographic series “Into Light” was later on awarded in the “Hong Kong Contemporary Art Biennial Awards 2009” and was adopted as a collection by The Burger Collection, Hong Kong Heritage Museum and the Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts in Japan. In 2008, South Ho established his personal studio. In 2013, he co-founded 100 ft. PARK, a non-commercial art space dedicated to providing an open platform for exhibiting and sharing art.