About the Artwork:
‘I never promised you a rose garden’ depicts the duality of Hong Kong skyscrapers’ garden over vegetation. Nature in Hong Kong is undeniably a powerful, striking figure that cannot be unnoticed. The greenery offers a vivid contrast with the stifling ubiquity of architectural elements planted on every buildable area. The fragile, delicate beauty of flowers clashing with the oppressive towers of steel gives to the city a contradictory feeling. However, despite industrial domination, nature is constantly fighting over concrete. No matter where you stand, the subtle yet manifest presence of forest, trees, plants or flowers make the vision of cement more bearable. Captured with expired films, the pastel, faded colours of photographs emphasise the mix between human constructions and natural environment.
Aurelie Crisetig (b. 1992, Vevey) is a Swiss photographer and visual artist. She uses photography as a tool to explore the alteration of human memory in a world overwhelmed by digital entities. Working both with film and digital photography, her works reflect on the constant use of mechanical recordings, especially in public and cultural places. After graduating with a BA in History and Aesthetics of Film & History of Art from the University of Lausanne in 2015, she completed an 8-week Digital Photography Workshop at the New York Film Academy. In 2018, she graduated with an MA Photography at UAL: University of the Arts, London.