Hong Kong – For the thousands of office workers in Hong Kong, the lunch hour is the time for a necessary food run – the metropole is notorious for its long working hours, suggesting the sort of time poverty that makes cooking at home difficult. The shared hour also creates a critical point of social cohesion among the city’s seven million inhabitants. Hong Kong’s heritage department, the Tai Kwun Centre for Heritage and Arts, tracks these social rituals in its latest exhibition, Let’s Do Lunch.
Designed by Ado Culture, Let’s Do Lunch is Tai Kwun’s second exhibition in its Lives in Central exhibition series. The series outlines the cultural and social landscapes of the Hong Kong business district. By institutionalizing its eat-out culture, the Tai Kwun Centre realized, Hong Kong had created a unique catalogue of spatial conditions that reflect constructs of the city’s working class.