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Meet the Artist: Jaffa Lam x Sam Tung Uk Museum



“Meet-the-Artists” allows arts ambassadors to talk to different local artists face-to-face to appreciate their artwork and learn their interesting stories behind.


Into an Elusive Dream: Jaffa Lam’s Invitation to the Accidental Traveller at Sam Tung Uk

Founded in 1786 by a Hakka surnamed Chan, Sam Tung Uk is a typical Hakka walled-house.

Jaffa Lam believes that what the descendants of the Chan clan want to see is an old place full of memories. To reconstruct slices of life in the past, such as mealtimes and family members sitting around chatting, she places a revolving lamp on the traditionalstyle square table in the Period House of the third prime lineage family. She also installs video equipment on the kitchen stove, among the vats and earthen jars. This way, visitors would be able to savour family life of the bygone days through the moving images among the Hakka cooking utensils. She enhances the nostalgic remorse for a long-gone era by re-enacting a dream on the bed in the bedroom with a white gadget that ‘breathes’ and emits light, and projects images of stray retired cattles on the wall in reference to a past when man and animal shared the same living space. Along the meandering corridors, Lam plays Hakka nanyin music that is specially commissioned for this project. Such an acoustic interpretation of modern art in the historical site not only indicates that this was where the Chan gathered and lived for generations, but also strengthens the fact that Hakka nanyin is an intangible cultural heritage. Today, the Sam Tung Uk is turned into an ICH exhibition and resource centre. Lam’s installation, therefore, is a link between the past and the present.


// About the activity // 

Date: 26 May 2017 (Friday)
Time: 5pm - 6pm
Venue: Sam Tung Uk Museum (2 Kwu Uk Lane, Tsuen Wan, New Territories, Hong Kong)
Target: Arts Ambassadors studying F.1 or above9th Arts Amassadors first
Quota: 15

This session will be conducted in Cantonese.

Interested Arts Ambassadors please click the button “Join” below for registration. Ambassadors who have successfully registered will receive a confirmation email before the activity date.


Deadline17 May 2017 (Wed)


// About the artist //

Jaffa Lam

Lam received her BFA, MFA and Postgraduate Diploma in Education at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. She is now teaching at the Hong Kong Art School. She has been involved in many public art and community projects in Hong Kong and overseas. Apart from solo exhibitions, Lam has been invited to take part in many local and international exhibitions, as well as artist residency programmes in Kenya, Taiwan, Bangladesh, China, United States and Canada, etc.