The first year of the COVID-19 pandemic changed many things in the world. It even halted the Chinese tradition of family reunions during the Chinese New Year. Travel restrictions forced hundreds of millions of Chinese people to stay where they were.
“Since we can’t go home, we will bring home here!”
I brought a ‘siheyuan’ (a historical type of Chinese residence) backdrop to the studio and built a home symbolic for Chinese people. During Chinese New Year, I invited the people from the Chinese community in Sydney to take a family portrait.
I documented the stories of these Chinese families during this special period. There was homesickness, regrets, helplessness in the stories, but there was also warmth. This will eventually become how we remember the Year of the Ox.
This exhibition is outdoors. Please check what COVID-19 restrictions are in place before you visit.
Horace Li was born in 1978 in China. He became a press photographer after graduating from Peking University in 2001. Specialising in documentary and portrait photography, he has finished six art projects and exhibited his work in numerous galleries and photo festivals, such as Head On Photo Festival 2016. Since he moved to Sydney in 2011, he has been documenting the life of the Chinese community here.
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