Here + Album (2012–2015), by Lau Wai

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I do not have an adequate cognition of the past which my parents held before settling at this city, Hong Kong, as well as the cause of choosing ‘here’ to setup our home.

From the beginning, the camera is used as one of the tools for me in communicating with my parents and our immediate surroundings, I realized that “home” has actually been a place that was both familiar and foreign to me. I do not have an adequate cognition of the past which my parents held before settling at this city, Hong Kong, as well as the cause of choosing ‘here’ to setup our home. What I did know was that the story begins not just with my parents, but with the generation before them.

Thus I attempt to read through the unfamiliar past of our family through the previously kept family albums. At the same time, I step into their past experiences and reminisce the lingering traces of their hometowns and memorable locations based on their recalls.

This allows me to not only further understand my parents and the relationship between the past and the present, but also enables me to create an alternate way in interpreting and continuing a family visual lineage that spans across three generations.

Photographs & Text from HERE (2012-2014) & ALBUM (2014-2015): Lau Wai 劉衛, Hong Kong. Website: www.wai-lau.com.

LAU WAI 劉衛 (b. 1982, Hong Kong) lives and works in Hong Kong. She received her BA (Hons) Degree in Fine Art from Goldsmiths College, University of London, 2007 and was awarded the Warden’s Art Prize upon graduation. Her works often explore the confluent relationship between history, personal memories and the notion of belonging.

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