開幕酒會 Opening Reception 17.07.2015 (五 Fri) 6 - 8 pm
藝術家講座 Artist‘s Talk 01.08.2015 (六 Sat) 3 - 4:30 pm
展覽日期 Exhibition Period 18.07 - 23.08.2015
Jaffa Lam is not well versed in expressing herself in photography. In her first ever attempt with this medium, the artist realised she has always felt doubtful about its veracity.
“Looking For My Family Story” is a photographic collage put together according to facts, oral histories, imaginations and pseudo-archives, to explicate a family history that the artist is willing to believe in. Her parents’ old photographs are juxtaposed with their contemporaries - images of everyday life in those tumultuous times retrieved from the Internet. Throughout the search, Curiosity is the keyword, the point in the image that triggers her questions concerning the period, setting off her pursuit for the answer. Recollections from individuals form society’s memories, while the official documents utter ostensible truths. The enormous Internet can be emptied by a certain few keywords, with the scanty remaining options relinked and interlinked. In a mere few clicks, the task of reconstructing history is completed.
Presented in windowpane-like format in a room dimly lit, the Lam family pictures and the Internet images are transformed scene by scene into a cinematic storyboard. As if with a magnifier, the artist puts the frivolous details of her family history under scrupulous scrutiny, painstakingly tracing the bits and pieces of the events that veered the course of her family’s destiny.
Rethinking the grand national history through the small personal ones as well as the people and things around us, we have come to appreciate history with less apathy, less attachment, and more romances.