Barricades of Hong Kong as a symbol of resistance

Through the pictures of barricades an exhibition documents Hong Kong’s protests started in 2014 and the Umbrella Movement.

The exhibition Hong Kong Barricades by Lele Saveri, curated by Selva Barni/Fantom at the Triennale di Milano, is the story of the particular historical period that the Asian city-state is going through. A struggle against oppression, documented by the photographer through images of barricades that in Hong Kong left real, and at the same time ephemeral, traces.

The structures block the streets and it is impossible not to notice them: when Saveri, in October 2014, arrives in Hong Kong to teach, a group of students led what later became the Umbrella Movement, born as a protest against the electoral reform. The photographs represent the blocks built by the people with what was available: barriers, cartons, axles, bamboos, road signs, even pictures and stools, all held together by chains, scotch and plastic ties. Barricades are structures in continuous transformation and adaptation to space.

The exhibition is on display in the spaces of the brutalist staircase by Carlo Ramous, built with the architects Carlo Bassi and Goffredo Boschetti in 1962. Hong Kong Barricades, which will be open until January 19, 2020, is part of the Parla Ascolta Guarda Fai program directed by Umberto Angelini, Artistic Director of Triennale Milano Teatro and which includes meetings and installations for the public until 2020.

Hong Kong Barricades
Lele Saveri
Selva Barni/Fantom
Parla Ascolta Guarda Fai
Directed by:
Umberto Angelini, Artistic Director at Triennale Milano Teatro
Curated by:
Davide Giannella e Massimo Torrigiani / FANTOM
Triennale di Milano
Opening dates:
17 December 2019-19 January 2020

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