These images explore my Chinese identity and more conceptually, center a multi-generational conversation about cultural preservation visually anchored through domestic spaces. The objects that live within the space, picked and placed by the dweller, drive me to photograph. The theme of hands threads through the images, in various compositions. These gestures are small and fleeting. It is only when the hands have been caught in an act that we can appreciate and analyze what is happening in front of us. It is with our hands that we tell others how we feel. It is with our hands that we cultivate an intimate scene.
Hailey Ip is a Chinese-Canadian photographer residing in New York City. Her work provides a glimpse into the lives of those who have been uprooted from their homelands and the generations that followed, finding ways of carving out their own identity.