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Lau Wai (born in Hong Kong) is a multi-media artist whose works utilize video, photography, and installation to explore the multilateral constructions of identity concerning race, gender and the notion of belonging. She attempts to investigate how history, fiction, personal memory and virtuality collided in the process of identity formation. Her interests and sources of materials range from personal and historical archives to cinematic imagery, popular culture and digital media. Her works are in the permanent collections at M+ (Hong Kong); The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (United States); and Alexander Tutsek – Stiftung foundation (Germany); among others. She has participated in numerous exhibitions in Europe, Asia, and the United States.

She currently lives and works in New York City.


MFA, Columbia University, 2018-2020

BA, Goldsmiths, University of London, 2004-2007


2020, Up and Coming, City Magazine, Hong Kong

2020, How ‘Blade Runner’ Cyberpunk-ed Hong Kong, M+ Stories

2019, Meet the Leaders of Hong Kong's Art Scene, Cathay Pacific Discovery Magazine

2018, CRUSH Exhibition Review, Art Forum cn

2018, 10 Hong Kong Art Exhibitions To See In October, Hong Kong Asia Tatler

2018, Hong Kong Artist Pokes Fun at Hollywood’s Portrayal of ‘the Orient’, South China Morning Post

2018, Issue No.06, Photography is Art Magazine, Hong Kong

2017, Broken Memories and Potential Interventions, ArtWorld Magazine, China

2017, Hong Kong Photography, Chinese Photography Magazine

2017, Here + Album (2012–2015), by Lau Wai, Invisible Photographer Asia

2016, Issue No.20, Fisheye Magazine, France

2015, Issue No.17, Voice of Photography Magazine, Taiwan


2021, (Screening) Theme III: Cyberspace + Memetics, Shanghai Himalayas Museum, China (Group)
2021, The Unsung, Tai Kwun Contemporary, Hong Kong (Group)
2021, (online) Soft Network, Altman Siegel, San Francisco, U.S.A (Group)
2020, Afterglow, Yokohama Triennale, Japan (Group)
2020, Museum of Half Truths, 1a Space, Hong Kong (Group)
2020, Diagonal, Magician Space, Beijing, China (Group)
2019, A History of Photography: Selections from the Museum’s Collection, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, USA (Group)
2019, Very Natural Actions, Tai Kwun Contemporary, Hong Kong (Group)
2019, INSIGHTS Exhibition, PHOTOFAIRS Shanghai, China (Group)
2019, FotoFest/ INTERSECT, Silver Street Studios, Houston, Texas, USA (Group)
2019, Aesthetically Functional Only, 1675 Broadway, New York, USA (Group)
2019, On the Map, Denny Dimin Hong Kong (Group)
2019, Courses of Action, Goethe-Institut, Hong Kong (Group)
2018, The Memories of Tomorrow, Lumenvisum, Hong Kong (Solo)
2018, Seven Questions for Asia, Kuandu Biennale, Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, Taiwan (Group)
2018, Time/Space: Brief as Photo, Hong Kong Arts Centre, Hong Kong (Group)
2018, Jimei x Arles International Photo Festival, Three Shadows Xiamen Photography Art Centre, Xiamen, China (Group)
2018, A Tree Fell in the Forest, and No One's There, Power Station of Art (PSA), Shanghai, China (Group)
2018, Crush, Para Site, Hong Kong (Group)
2018, Follow Me, OCT Contemporary Art Terminal, Shenzhen, China (Group)
2018, Relativity Hypothesis, J: Gallery, Shanghai, China (Group)
2017, Photo Booth, Para Site, Art Basel Hong Kong, Hong Kong (Solo)
2017, Follow Me, New Narratives in Contemporary Photography, China-Switzerland, OCT Contemporary Art Terminal, Shanghai, China (Group)
2016, Les Photaumnales – La Photographie Hongkongaise (1950-2015), Le Quadrilatère, Beauvais, France (Group)
2016, Cities and Memory, Brandts Museum, Kunstmuseum Brandt, Odense, Denmark (Group)
2016, A Room with a View, Earl Lu Gallery, Institute of Contemporary Arts, Singapore (Group)
2016, Adrift, OCT Contemporary Art Terminal (OCAT Shenzhen), Shenzhen, China (Group)
2015, Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale, Japan (Group)
2015, Imagine There's No Country, Above Us Only Our Cities, Para Site, Hong Kong (Group)
2015, The 7th TSPA Three Shadows Photography Award, Three Shadows Photography Art Centre, Beijing, China (Group)
2014, Staging Encounters: 10 Years of Contemporary Photography in China, Lianzhou International Photo Festival, Lianzhou, China (Group)