Born in 1983, in Hong Kong, Sarah Lai obtained her BA in Fine Arts in 2007 and MFA in 2016, both from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Lai has held solo exhibitions that include “In Stasis” (Para Site, Art Basel Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 2015) and participated in group exhibitions such as “From Ocean to Horizon” (Center for Chinese Contemporary Art, Manchester , UK, 2017) and “The 2nd CAFAM Future Exhibition” (CAFA Art Museum, Beijing, China, 2015).
Lai currently lives and works in Hong Kong.
White Glove / 2017
With a signature low-contrast pale palette, Lai depicts a hand in a white glove, waving. In the video, the artist gathers and edits numerous footages and still images of Queen Elizabeth II in public events, crops out the Queen’s waving hand and blacks out the rest. The gloved hand is devoid of warmth, ambiguous in intention: is the waving handing greeting, declining or bidding farewell? Through the iconography of the white gloves, Lai reflects on the hypocritical nature of colonialism, as well as the undecidability of politics. At the same time, Lai satirises Hong Konger’s idealised memory of the British rule.
Black Star and Still Corner / 2012-2016
These two paintings represent different states in Sarah Lai’s practice, both share her signature pale palette and a particular stillness imbued with material memories.