Lau Wai (Wai, Lau)
(born in Hong Kong) currently lives and works in New York City. My work utilizes photography, video, drawing and sculpture exploring the multilateral constructions of identity in relation to race, gender and the notion of belonging. I attempt to investigate how history, fiction, memory and virtuality collided in the process of identity formation through personal and historical archives, cinematic imagery, popular culture and digital media.

MFA Visual Arts, Columbia University, New York, 2020

BA (Hons) Fine Art (Studio Practice and Contemporary Critical Studies),
Goldsmiths, University of London, 2007

Solo Exhibitions:

“The Memories of Tomorrow”, Lumenvisum, Hong Kong

(Dual-solo) “Photo Booth” Para Site, Art Basel, Hong Kong

'Staging Encounters: 10 Years of Contemporary Photography in China', (International section -Solo exhibition), Lianzhou, Guangdong, China

Group Exhibitions:


(forthcoming) Yokohama Triennale, Japan

Zoom-in screening series, Lenfest Center for the Arts, , Columbia University, New York, U.S.A.

Untitled Art Fair, San Francisco, U.S.A.


A History of Photography: Selections from the Museum’s Collection, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, U.S.A.

ISCP Benefit Auction Exhibition, Nancy Hoffman Gallery, New York, U.S.A.

Very Natural Actions (presented by Arts Collective Ltd , co-curated by Andre Chan and Jing Chong), Tai Kwun Contemporary, Hong Kong

INSIGHTS Exhibition, PHOTOFAIRS | Shanghai 2019 (Curated by Claire Shea, Para Site Deputy Director), Shanghai Exhibition Centre, Shanghai, China


On the Map (Co-curated by Bianca Bosker and Elizabeth Denny), Denny Dimin Gallery Hong Kong

Aesthetically Functional Only, 1675 Broadway, New York, U.S.A.

Courses of Action (Curated by Carlos Quijon, Jr.) , Goethe-Institut, Hong Kong

The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery, Lenfest Center for the Arts, Columbia University, New York, U.S.A.


Time/Space: Brief as Photo- Dialogue between Joseph Fung and his Contemporaries,
Hong Kong Arts Centre, Hong Kong

Lianzhou International Photo Festival, Lianzhou, Guangdong, China

Jimei x Arles International Photo Festival, Three Shadows Xiamen Photography Art Centre, Xiamen, China

Emerging Curators Project 2018, "A Tree Fell in the Forest, and No One's There",
Power Station of Art (PSA), Shanghai, China

Kuandu Biennale, "Seven Questions for Asia", Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, Taiwan

"Crush", Para Site, Hong Kong

“Follow Me”, OCT Contemporary Art Terminal (OCAT Shenzhen), Shenzhen, China

“Relativity Hypothesis”, J: Gallery, Shanghai, China


"Follow Me"- New Narratives in Contemporary Photography, China-Switzerland, OCAT Shanghai, Shanghai, China


“->”, Blindspot Gallery, Hong Kong

“Sojourn with Stranger”, Mur Nomade, Hong Kong

Les Photaumnales– "Love Hong Kong: La photographie hongkongaise (1950-2015)", Le Quadrilatère, Beauvais, France

Denmark Photo Biennale -"Cities and Memory", Brandts Museum, Odense, Denmark

Hong Kong International Photo Festival - “Voices: Cross Vision on French and Hong Kong Photography”, Comix Home Base, Hong Kong

Singapore International Photo Festival- "A Room with a View", Earl Lu Gallery, Institute of Contemporary Arts, Singapore

Argentina International Photo Festival (Encuentros Abiertos- Festival de la Luz), “Yuen Yeung”, Museo de Aries Plasticas Eduardo Sivori, Buenos Aires, Argentina

'Adrift', OCAT Shenzhen, Shenzhen, China


'A Room With A View': Her Hong Kong-Stories Through the Lens of Six Female Artists', Koo Ming Kown Exhibition Gallery, CVA Building, HKBU, Hong Kong

'Imagine There's No Country, Above Us Only Our Cities', Para Site, Hong Kong

The 6th Dali International Photography Festival, Dali, China

'Three Shadows Photography Award Exhibition', Asia Photography And Image Center,
Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale, Echigo-Tsumari Region, Niigata, Japan

The 7th TSPA Three Shadows Photography Award Exhibition ,
Three Shadows Photography Art Centre, Beijing, China

100 Self-Portraits of Hongkongese', S201, Staunton, PMQ, Hong Kong

Xitek 2014 New Foto Award Exhibition, Beijing World Art Museum, Beijing, China


The 9th Lianzhou International Photo Festival -'Farewell to Experience',
(Theme Exhibition section) 'Yuen Yeung -A Contemporary Photography Exhibition by Seven Hong Kong Artists', Lianzhou, Guangdong, China

'Dozen of Photography Works', Lumenvisum, Hong Kong


'About us,About Life & About the City', AO Vertical Art Space, Asia One, Hong Kong

'G.O.L.D.', Voxfire Gallery, Hong Kong,


'Heat -an Exploration of Sex in Relationships', Voxfire Gallery, Hong Kong


'SaLon Winter 2008 Show', SaLon Contemporary, London, U.K.


'115th Autumn Exhibition', Royal West of England Academy, Bristol, U.K.

'Small Pictures Exhibition', Salisbury Arts Centre, Salisbury, U.K.

'Ritual Abuse', 68 Boleyn Road, Dalston, London, U.K.

'Design UK 2007 Exhibition', Guangzhou; Shanghai; Beijing; Chengdu;
organized by Education UK, British Council, China

'Ecosystems', Red Gate Gallery, London, U.K.


'Powderlux', Red Gate Gallery, London, U.K.
Awards & Grants:

Visual Arts Scholarship, Columbia University, New York, U.S.A
Visual Arts Fellowship, Columbia University, New York, U.S.A
Finalist, The 7th TSPA Three Shadows Photography Award, Beijing, China
Finalist, Xitek 2014 New Photo Award, Beijing, China
First Prize, Small Pictures Exhibition, Salisbury Arts Centre, U.K.
The Warden’s Art Prize, Goldsmiths College, U.K.
Selected Publications:

Golden Records GR-02092017, Fotogalleriet, Oslo, Norway
The Unappropriated Recipes, Para Site, Hong Kong
Detachment: The 2015 Three Shadows Photography Award, Three Shadows Photography Art Centre, Beijing, China
Staging Encounters- 10 Years of Contemporary Photography in China: 2014 Lianzhoufoto, Lianzhou International Photo Festival, China
Farewell to Experience: 2013 Lianzhoufoto, Lianzhou International Photo Festival, China
About Us, About Life & About the City, Asia One Publishing Hong Kong

M+, Hong Kong
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, U.S.A.
Three Shadows Photography Art Centre, Beijing, China
The Warden’s Collection, Goldsmiths, University of London, U.K.
Private collections