Chinese New Year is a time of celebration and renewal, of honoring the past while looking ahead to the future. It's during this most auspicious time of the year that SCAD is pleased to announce the local launch of the university's captivating new pictorial, "Tilting the Lens: Telling the Story of Sham Shui Po."
The result of a yearlong collaborative project drawn from the talents of students and faculty at SCAD's Hong Kong location, the book is an homage to Sham Shui Po, the university's home district and a culturally diverse area in Hong Kong that has remained largely undocumented until now. The book offers a remarkable view into the people, architectural history and ever-changing cityscape of the area with arresting photographs and stories.
To celebrate the Savannah launch of "Tilting the Lens: Telling the Story of Sham Shui Po," SCAD is hosting a discussion, book signing and reception featuring Chinese New Year festivities Tuesday, Jan. 24, 6-8 p.m., at the SCAD Museum of Art, 601 Turner Blvd. The events are free and open to the public, though RSVPs are requested. RSVPs are accepted by contacting 912.525.6991.
Faculty and students involved in the making of the book, including Bob Dickensheets, former historic preservation professor and SCAD Hong Kong director of construction and preservation who oversaw the revitalization of the SCAD Hong Kong facility, will speak about their experiences in Sham Shui Po.
"Tilting the Lens" is a first-of-its-kind study of one of Hong Kong's oldest and most distinctive neighborhoods. Under the direction of SCAD photography, architectural history, historic preservation, and graphic design professors, the students studied and documented the built environment and culture of the area both in words and pictures. With a combination of sweeping photographic spreads and intriguing detail shots, the book explores facets of architecture and daily life of Sham Shui Po, from the coexistence of 19th-century temples and towering modern skyscrapers and shops, to the observances of distinct, ancient customs that have been adapted for the 21st century.
"Tilting the Lens" is an especially significant project for SCAD; in 2009, the university opened the SCAD Hong Kong location, the first and only university exclusively focused on art and design education in Hong Kong. Located in the historic former North Kowloon Magistracy Building in the heart of Sham Shui Po, SCAD Hong Kong brings prestigious art and design education and professional career preparation to Asia. Through careful conservation and expert renovation, SCAD has adapted its unique Hong Kong facility to include a library and art gallery, as well as digital labs, studios, classrooms and lecture halls. The Hong Kong location offers eight programs of study in which students can earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Master of Arts or Master of Fine Arts degree.
Tuesday, Jan. 24, 6-8 p.m.
SCAD Museum of Art
601 Turner Blvd., Savannah, Ga.
Additional images and a sample chapter are available to interested media. Media inquiries may be directed to Sunny Nelson at 912.713.4275.