hong kong: the chairman and i

© above second / andré eichman

one of hong kong's most adventurous art galleries gears up for another cool show. opening on thu - jan 17 [6pm-10pm] at above second is the chairman and i, a solo exhibition featuring a range of fine art photographs by hong kong-based snapper andré eichman. inspired by his late father, eichman has been documenting the relationship of chinese citizens to chairman mao ze dong for a decade. it was back in 2003, while visiting his father who was living in provincial ganzhou, eichman was introduced to a handful of ex-soldiers who recounted their time during the fight for liberation. he was particularly inspired by the story of comrade gu ping, who was the bodyguard of zhao enlai’s wife during the long march. moved by their stories, the hardships and trials that they overcame, eichman dug deeper into the often compelling relationship of the chairman and his citizens. ever since, the photographer has further explored the topic and has widely traveled across the people's republic, carrying a kitschy mao statuette, and using a translator to recount the stories of his subjects. the photographs on display are taken from all walks of life throughout this vast nation, and show people holding that specific statue of chairman mao. location: 31 eastern street [sheung wan].

© above second / andré eichman