We often take the normal opening and use of public spaces for granted. However, with external intervention, these sites could lose their normal functions, thus generating more uncertainty and even a sense of strangeness. However, at the same time, this “abnormal intervention” may also produce new vitality.
In fact, the same applies to real-life and cultural situations. In Macao, the influences of alien cultures over the past four centuries have made the city a uniquely charming place, and a vivid example in point.
As a foundational place in the history of Chinese photography, Macao still provides endless possibilities for us to explore in photographic themes.
Commissioned by Melco Resorts & Entertainment Ltd.
Chan Hin Io
Chan Hin Io is currently the Director of “Macau Image Gallery” at the Macau University of Science and Technology. For more than 20 years, he has focused on capturing Macao through his photographic works. He has been most active in exploring contemporary and conceptual photography art in recent years. Since 2009, he has published 13 photography books. Chan has won the “Top Ten Best Works Award” multiple times at the Macao Annual Visual Arts Exhibition. His works have been displayed in several countries and region, including Portugal, Australia, the Chinese mainland and Macao. In 2022, Chan represented the Macao SAR at the 59th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia. His works have earned places in private and public collections, such as the Belém Cultural Center in Lisbon, Portugal, the Macao Museum of Art, the Archives of Macao and the Macao Foundation.