In Meta-Landscape, photographer Ng Sai-kit presents a series of landscapes that reveal as much about the artist’s self-image as the world he sees. Here, the sceneries chosen by Ng are mostly untamed and natural, bereft of the comforting symbols of the artificial human environment. Provided with few hints that will allow for an instant ‘coming to terms’ with these scenes, viewers are impelled to re-think themselves and how they see their world.
Ng Sai-kit intentionally breaks the established order of photographic composition to increase the challenge – and distance – to the viewer. What initially seems familiar becomes strange, labyrinthine, constantly pushing the view to take a step outside the system toward a metaphysical state of chaos and reconstruction.
About Ng Sai-kit Ng Sai-kit was born in Hong Kong in 1957. He has started his photography projects since the early 80s; at the same period, he set up the photography workshop The Photoventurers Workshop with other photographers. At that time, his photography was inspired by Ng Hon-lam and Cheung King-hung; in 1985, he participated his first group photography exhibition “Sensitive, Transitive”, which was curated by them.
Afterward, between 1989 to 1990, he travelled to France and some of his photography works were collected by the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris, France. After he returned to Hong Kong, The Photoventurers Workshop was reformed as The Workshop. Between 1993 to 1999, he took part in the editorial of eleven issues of non-periodical visual culture publications issued by The Workshop with the sponsorship from the Hong Kong Arts Development Council. Between 2005 to 2008, the Photocrafters workshop was set up. This workshop aims at promoting visual cultural activities in Hong Kong and it held many photography courses and exhibitions.
In 2008, he set up the Out-Focus Group with friends at the Jockey Club Creative Arts Centre in Shek Kip Mei, Hong Kong. Until now, his works have been exhibited in Ho Macau, Tokyo, Canada and Paris, and some of the works were collected by the Hong Kong Heritage Museum.