Through Our Eyes Photography
Education Programme
Student Work
TOE 2016/17 - Advanced Course - Connections II- Group Photo
Dorothy Cheung
To live with it

Home can be a site of resistance.
Every time on my way to the farm, I cannot avoid the sight of
destruction – an empty land with a few dying trees as the result of
herbicide.
At the edge of that deserted land, Popo (literally meaning Grandma
in Cantonese) is still farming on the same land where she has been
growing food for decades. Chung-xi and Chi joined her two years ago
when she was about to give up after her husband had passed away.
Since then, they have been living and working together.
As a queer I have always wondered what makes a family and what
creates the bond. This commune is suggesting a possibility that is long
forgotten, or a new possibility now – a way to be highly self-sufficient,
and a way to form bonds with a shared value instead of kinship, or even
a way to resist over-development and capitalism.
This series of images are not romanticised portraits of farmers
or organic agriculture, but instead a rather personal observation
towards these individuals who are attempting and struggling to live
differently.