Lau Wai '20 Makes Hong Kong Solo Exhibition Debut at Mine Project Gallery
BY Angeline Dimambro, July 27, 2021
“- – – – – – – – – – / / / / – – – -” is the new solo exhibition from Visual Arts alumna Lau Wai ’20. On view now through August 14, 2021 at Mine Project Gallery, the exhibition features works across many mediums, including multi-channel videos, photographic prints, and objects.
The exhibition marks the first time Lau has presented work at Mine Project Gallery. She previously made her solo exhibition debut in Hong Kong at a nonprofit institution. According to the exhibition’s webpage, the show “explores how current social conditions and the influences of emerging technologies re-inform and reshape the ways in which we perceive ourselves, construct our memories, and understand the realities.”
Among the many pieces in the exhibition, guests will find large-scale prints that are filled with digital pixels generated from 360-degree scans of the artist’s bodies in different forms. Also featured are T318k V399k 0.1 and T318k V399k 0.2—enlarged computer-generated digital representations of the artist dressed in a fake motion capture suit, performing a character named “the Pre-CGI body.” Feed 3.0 is a three-channel video work presenting “the Pre-CGI body” who struggles to identify their reality and locate their past.
Through this exhibition, Lau poses questions that confront the inextricability of the technological and digital from our present world: how do we survive in a digitized future? How can we locate our past in the future to make sense of who we are, when our past is disappearing?
Browse through the exhibition gallery here to see more work from Lau.
Lau Wai (b.1982, Hong Kong) utilizes photography, video, object and installation to explore the multilateral constructions of identity in relation to race, gender and the notion of belonging. She attempts to investigate how history, fiction, personal memory and virtuality collide in the process of identity formations. Her research and material sources range from personal and historical archives to cinematic imagery, popular culture and digital media.
Her works are collected by M+ Museum (Hong Kong); The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (United States); and Alexander Tutsek – Stiftung Foundation (Germany), amongst others. She has exhibited around the world, including Tai Kwun Contemporary, Hong Kong (2019&2021); Yokohama Triennale, Japan (2020); The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, United States (2019); Power Station of Art, Shanghai (2018); Kuandu Biennale, Taiwan (2018); Para Site Art Space, Hong Kong (2015&2018); Kunstmuseum Brandts, Denmark (2016); Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale, Japan (2015).
Lau received her BA in Fine art from Goldsmiths, University of London in 2007 and received her MFA in Visual Arts from Columbia University in 2020. The artist currently lives and works in New York.