South Ho Siu Nam, ‘The Umbrella Salad XIV’, 2014, Blindspot Gallery

The Umbrella Salad is a series of black and white photographs and videos capturing scenes of the Occupy Movement. Unlike the prevalent documentary approach taken by most photographers to record the events, Ho took an indirect approach filled with symbols and metaphors to representing his personal experiences and the surrounding presences. Scenes of clashes between the police and the protesters are replaced by objects discarded on the road like barricades, umbrellas, used water bottles and tents. People appear small and insignificant against the backdrop of the city, which looks quiet and peaceful amidst undercurrents of intensity and chaos.