Kerstin Maria Lehmann
Kerstin Maria Lehmann is a German photographer, born and raised in Germany and now based in Hong Kong. Her work is driven by a strong interest in human interaction and interest in contextualising the element of change. Change is an ever-present element in life – be it on a personal or on a political level. Maria believes that photographs in this sense can build a bridge between past, present and future.
In the streets of Hong Kong, the clamour of a call to freedom from Chinese rule echoed for several months of turbulent social unrest in 2019. My project titled ‘Handover’ documents the past events in a personal way and depicts freedom in its various notions.
The series is understood as a narrative of last year: it responds to new Chinese infrastructure projects, the influx of tourists from Mainland China, and protest against the implementation of the Extradition Bill.
The variety of collages and the different layers within each of the pictures invite to pause, process the contrasts and reflect on the complexity of the past events and the fragility of freedom.