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In Pictures: A pro-independence artist’s view of Hong Kong as a colony – before and after 1997

Pro-independence art studio Local Studio HK has produced a set of provocative images entitled “20th Anniversary Of The Fall Of Hong Kong.”

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Photo: Local Studio HK.

Each image compares political life in the city before and after the 1997 transfer of sovereignty from Britain to China.

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Local Studio HK told HKFP that the series reflects on the city’s political environment and identity in the face of the “biggest challenge from China.”

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“I am not trying to advertise or recall with nostalgia the British colonial period, but I am trying to speak out about the bad situation Hong Kong has under China’s colonisation. I hope more people – local and foreigner – will understand more about Hong Kong and support Hong Kong independence,” the artist – who did not wish to give their name – told HKFP.

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The series attracted over 1,500 “reactions” and over 850 “shares” on Facebook over the weekend.

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In Pictures: A pro-independence artist's view of Hong Kong as a colony - before and after 1997