Hi and welcome to my studio, my name’s Seecum Cheung, I primarily work with film as an independent self-shooter.

I work with journalists and experts to conduct interviews with citizens, politicians and experts in a bid to understand and reflect upon certain political moments in time. My focus for Vital Capacities will be working from this same approach, a long-term study of the gentrification of my father’s ancestral village (in Shenzhen, China) which began in April 2018.

For my time during this residency I would like to gather new recordings of the site through my family who are living next to the village. These will be mobile phone recordings just to get a layout and understanding of the changes on the site. I would also like to process the footage that I already have, work through the material and experiment with creating a new cut from this, in addition, I would like to conduct an interview with Mary Ann O’Donnell, a leading expert on the urban transformations of Shenzhen and blogger behind ‘Shenzhen Noted’.

Please feel welcome to look around my studio, at the work I’ve posted up – there are images, videos and text. You are welcome to leave a comment or questions for me in the comments section.

Hope you enjoy your visit,


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Eviction in Shenzhen: Part 2 (2020) is supported by CBK Rotterdam