Lam Tung Pang graduated from the Chinese University of Hong Kong with a BA in Fine Arts in 2002, and obtained an MA in Fine Arts from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, University of the Arts London, UK, in 2004. Solo exhibitions of Lam’s include “Hi! House – Lam Tung-pang x Old House at Wong Uk Village” (Wong Uk Village, Hong Kong, 2017); “The Curiosity Box” (Chinese Culture Center, San Francisco, USA, 2013). Group exhibitions in which Lam has participated include “CHINA 8” (NRW-Forum Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf, Germany, 2015). Lam is the recipient of the Asian Cultural Council Fellowship (2012). Lam’s work is collected by the Burger Collection, the Deutsche Bank Collection, Hong Kong Museum of Art (Hong Kong), Kadist Art Foundation (France and USA) and M+ Collection (Hong Kong), among others.
Lam currently lives and works in Hong Kong.
The Sinking World / 2015
The Sinking World No.6, made in 2015 after the Occupy Movement, is an elegant landscape on wooden panel in which weightless human figures fall without gravity.
Re-folding / 2017
In Re-folding, Lam revisits a self portrait, Folding, executed ten years ago whilst studying in the UK. The work resembles a folding screen, in which the artist upholds his empty palms, seemingly holding a cloud of air. Ten years later, Lam photographs and transfers this work onto a wooden panel, and reinterprets it by drilling holes on the wooden panels, visualising the bottomless voids accumulated in a decade of emptiness.
The artist feels that the 20 years since the turnover of Hong Kong to China have left lots of questions in both parties, while many old memories are fading out. “It’s like digging holes in your body and having to fill it with new things, or old memories, as a response to the new situation.”
The original work Folding is born of the uncertainty of Lam’s future as an artist in the UK, while Re-folding demonstrates a similarly uncertain sense of belonging to his hometown, Hong Kong.