Bio/CV

LAU Wai

(First name: Wai)

Born in Hong Kong, Lau utilizes photography, new media, object, and installation to investigate how history, fiction, personal memory and virtuality collide in the process of identities formation. 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 in Europe, Asia, and the United States, including Kunstmuseum Brandts, Denmark (2016) ; Power Station of Art, Shanghai (2018) ; Para Site Art Space, Hong Kong (2015, 2018); Tai Kwun Contemporary, Hong Kong (2019, 2021); Kuandu Biennale, Taiwan (2018); Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale, Japan (2015) ; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, United States (2019) ; and Yokohama Triennale, Japan (2020).

Lau currently lives and works in New York City.
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Solo Exhibitions:

2021
– – – – – – – – / / / / – – –, Mine Project, Hong Kong

2018
The Memories of Tomorrow, Lumenvisum, Hong Kong

2017
(Dual-solo) Photo Booth, Para Site (Institution), Art Basel Hong Kong

Triennale / Biennale:

2020
Afterglow, Yokohama Triennale, Japan

2018
Seven Questions for Asia, Kuandu Biennale, Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, Taiwan

2015
Asia Photography and Image Center, Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale, Niigata, Japan

Group Exhibitions (Selected):

2022

Lunarian, Denny Dimin Hong Kong

Narratives, Stories, Algorithms: Rethinking Independence in Digital Times, 630 Flushing Ave, 5th Floor, Brooklyn, New York, U.S.A

2021

(Digital Commissioned Project) 2³ or Not 2³: East Kowloon is on Minecraft, New Vision Arts Festival 2021, Hong Kong

Standing Out, the Outstandings, Latitude Gallery, New York, U.S.A

The Unsung, Tai Kwun Contemporary, Hong Kong

(Screening) Theme III: Cyberspace + Memetics, Shanghai Himalayas Museum, Shanghai, China

Women Gaze, La Galerie Paris 1839, Hong Kong

(Online) Soft Network, Altman Siegel, San Francisco, U.S.A

2020

Nanjing Art Fair International x G Museum: Special Program, Nanjing International Expo Center, Nanjing, China

Hong Kong Spotlight by Art Basel, Hong Kong

Minorly Magical, K&P Gallery, New York, U.S.A.

Museum of Half Truths, 1a space, Hong Kong

Diagonal, Magician Space, Beijing, China

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

Denny Dimin Gallery, Untitled Art Fair, San Francisco, U.S.A.

2019

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, Tai Kwun Contemporary, Hong Kong

INSIGHTS Exhibition, PHOTOFAIRS | Shanghai 2019, Shanghai Exhibition Centre, Shanghai, China

FotoFest/ INTERSECT, Silver Street Studios, Houston, Texas, U.S.A.

On the Map, Denny Dimin Hong Kong

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

Courses of Action, Goethe-Institut, Hong Kong

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

2018

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

Crush, Para Site, Hong Kong

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

Relativity Hypothesis, J: Gallery, Shanghai, China

2017

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

2016

->, 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 FOTOBIENNALEN 2016 -Cities and Memory, Brandts Museum of Art and Visual Culture, 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

2015

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

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

2014

Staging Encounters: 10 Years of Contemporary Photography in China, Lianzhou International Photo Festival, Guangdong, China
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Education:

MFA Visual Arts, Columbia University, New York, Class of 2020

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

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, U.S.A.
Alexander Tutsek-Stiftung Foundation, Germany
M+ Museum, Hong Kong
Three Shadows Xiamen Photography Art Centre, Xiamen, China
The Warden’s Collection, Goldsmiths, University of London, U.K.
Private collections
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Awards / Fellowships / Residencies:

2022
NARS International Residency, New York, U.S.A.
2021
Institute for Electronic Arts (IEA) Experimental Projects Residency, Alfred University, New York, U.S.A.
2018-2020
Visual Arts Scholarship, Columbia University, New York, U.S.A
2018-2020
Visual Arts Fellowship, Columbia University, New York, U.S.A
2018
Nominee, Jimei X Arles Discovery Award, Three Shadows Photography Art Centre, Xiamen, China
2015
Finalist, The 7th TSPA Three Shadows Photography Award, Beijing, China
Finalist, Xitek 2014 New Photo Award, Beijing, China
2007
First Prize, Small Pictures Exhibition, Salisbury Arts Centre, U.K.
The Warden’s Art Prize, Goldsmiths, University of London, U.K.
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Publications (Selected):

2021
An Archeology of the White Gaze, Ying Xiang Journal, France
2017
Golden Records GR-02092017, Fotogalleriet, Oslo, Norway
The Unappropriated Recipes, Para Site, Hong Kong
2015
Detachment: The 2015 Three Shadows Photography Award, Three Shadows Photography Art Centre, Beijing, China
2014
Staging Encounters- 10 Years of Contemporary Photography in China: 2014 Lianzhoufoto, Lianzhou International Photo Festival, China
2013
Farewell to Experience: 2013 Lianzhoufoto, Lianzhou International Photo Festival, China
2012
About Us, About Life & About the City, Asia One Publishing Hong Kong
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Press (Selected):

- Artforum CN, Interviews, “Deepfake, Skins and memories”, Qu Chang, online, July 2021 (in chinese)
- The Standard (Hong Kong), Art & Culture, Cara Chen, Aug 2021
- Post Magazine, South China Morning Post, “Re:orient: online art exhibition curated by Nicole Ching”, Enid Tsui, Oct 2020
- Columbia School of the Art, "Uncovering the Heritage Silhouette: Lau Wai '20", Brittany Nguyen, online, Oct 2020
- Art+Education, “Exhibitions: Columbia University School of the Arts”, online, Sep 2020
- Artforum International, “MFA Spotlight: Columbia University School of the Arts”, online, Aug 2020
- Mingpao Daily Hong Kong, 14 Aug 2020 (in chinese)
- Hong Kong Economic Time, 17 Aug 2020 (in chinese)
- Sing Tao Daily Hong Kong, 20 Aug 2020 (in chinese)
- City Magazine Hong Kong, “Up and Coming”, Samwai Lam, Issue 521, Feb 2020 (in chinese)
- M+ Stories, “How Blade Runner cyberpunk-ed Hong Kong”, Hugh Davies, online, August 2019
- Discovery (inflight magazine for Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon), “Meet the leaders of Hong Kong’s art scene”, Christopher DeWolf, March 2019
- Artforum CN, “CRUSH at Para Site" exhibition review, Wu Mo, online, October 2018 (in chinese)
- Hong Kong Tatler, “10 Hong Kong Art Exhibitions To See in October”, Oliver Giles, online, October 2018
- South China Morning Post, “Hong Kong artist pokes fun at Hollywood’s portrayal of ‘the Orient”, Kylie Knott, July 2018
- Photography is Art Magazine, Hong Kong, Issue 06, 2018 (in chinese)
- Apple Daily Hong Kong, July 2018 (in chinese)
- ArtWorld Magazine, China, “Broken Memories and Potential Interventions”, Wang Huan, Issue 320, July 2017 (in chinese)
- Chinese Photography Magazine, China, Issue July 2017 (in chinese)
- Invisible Photographer Asia (IPA), Singapore, online, April 2017
- HK01, Art Basel Hong Kong review, online, March 2017 (in chinese)
- Fisheye Magazine, France, Issue 20, Sep-Oct 2016 (in french)
- Voice of Photography Magazine (VOP), Taiwan, Issue 17, Dec 2015- Jan 2016 (in chinese)
- Art Plus, Hong Kong, Issue Dec 2015 (in chinese)
- The Eye of Photography, France, online, 2014 (in french)
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Artist's Talks/ Lectures/ Panel discussions:

2020 Family Albums: the Private Memories and Social History, WMA Open Talk, Wyng Foundation, Hong Kong
2020 Artist Panel Discussion (Webinar), Museum of Half Truths Exhibition, 1a Space, Hong Kong
2020 PS Paid Studio Visit (Online), Para Site, Hong Kong
2020 Guest Speaker, (RMIT) Bachelor of Arts Fine Art program (major in Photography), Hong Kong Art School, Hong Kong
2020 Guest speaker (Webinar), ICP-Bard Program, New York
2020 Panelist, Panel discussion (Webinar): Hong Kong: Tales of the City, Denny Dimin Gallery, New York
2019 Guest Speaker, (RMIT) Bachelor of Arts Fine Art program (major in Photography), Hong Kong Art School, Hong Kong
2018 Panelist, Panel discussion: Jimei x Arles International Photo Festival, Three Shadows Xiamen Photography Art Centre, Xiamen, China
2018 Artist’s talk: The Memories of Tomorrow, Lumenvisum, Hong Kong
2018 Artist’s talk: The Memories of Tomorrow, OCAT Shenzhen, China
2016 Panelist, Panel discussion: Les Photaumnales– La photographie hongkongaise (1950-2015), Le Quadrilatère, Beauvais, France
2015 Artist’s talk: A Room with A View, Koo Ming Kown Exhibition Gallery, CVA Building, HKBU, Hong Kong
2015 Artist’s talk: Imagine There's No Country, Above Us Only Our Cities exhibition, Para Site, Hong Kong
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