Hi! Houses: A Journey Into The History of Century-old Houses in Hong Kong


Arts and Culture

Evening Panel Discussion
Registration 6:45pm
Discussion 7:00pm
Close 8:00pm 


Organized by the Art Promotion Office, Hi! Houses is an art project set out to re-think the use of space in old houses. The project has chosen four-century-old historic buildings in Hong Kong, namely the Dr Sun Yat-sen Museum, Old House at Wong Uk Village, Law Uk Folk Museum and Sam Tung Uk Museum and commissioned four local artists, Wilson Shieh, Lam Tung-pang, Fiona Wong and Jaffa Lam, to lead their teams to create site-specific artworks to inject new life into them. Moderated by Yang Yeung, this evening discussion will investigate the artists’ idiosyncratic visual lingo to discover how their works reflect the past inhabitants and what stories they had in the old houses. Art Promotion Office’s Lo Yan-yan will initiate the program with a curatorial overview of the project. 


Jaffa Lam received her BFA, MFA and Postgraduate Diploma in Education from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Specializing in mixed-media sculptures and installations that are large-scale and site-specific, Lam often uses recycled materials in her process. Her works explore issues related to cultural, societal and current affairs. In recent years, they appear in forms of public art and community projects in Hong Kong and overseas and are often experimental in nature and heritage sites. Lam was invited to take part in residency programs in various countries including Kenya, Taiwan, Bangladesh, China, United States, Canada, and Switzerland. 

Wilson Shieh, born in Hong Kong in 1970, received his bachelor and master degrees in Fine Arts from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Shieh is known for his traditional Chinese gongbi (fine-brush) figure paintings of modern people and imaginative images. The content of his works ranges from sexuality, role play, and from costume change to the reconstruction of local cultural symbols. In recent years, he is expanding his creative media to printmaking, acrylic painting, drawing, collage, and publication. Shieh’s works are in the collections of Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong Heritage Museum, M+ Museum for Visual Culture, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Queensland Art Gallery, Asian Art Museum in San Francisco and Ashmolean Museum in Oxford.

Lam Tung-pang, born in 1978, currently lives and works in Hong Kong. Lam’s work is mostly related to specific situations or social contents and some of them are in monument scale by given a touch of humanity. Recent projects include Disappeared Hong Kong Art series and The Curiosity Box. He has exhibited extensively worldwide and has work in many private and public collections, including Deutsche Bank, Hong Kong Museum of Art, M+ Museum, K11 Foundation, Kadist Art Foundation and commission work by Hong Kong Legislative Council and MTR. 

Fiona Wong graduated from the University of East Anglia and later obtained her MFA degree at the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 1997. She has been invited to various artist-in-residence programs all over the world. She received a Starr Fellowship award from Asian Cultural Council in 2000 and was invited to participate in the Hong Kong Eye exhibition held at Saatchi Gallery in London in 2012. Her works have been collected extensively by museums and private foundations. Fiona is a member of the International Academy of Ceramics in Geneva. In 2014, she was invited as the expert advisor of Hong Kong museums. 

Lo Yan-yan obtained a B.A. Degree and then an M.Phil degree in Chinese Art History from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. She also holds a professional diploma in Museum Studies from the University of Sydney. She has joined Hong Kong Heritage Museum since 1998 and has over 18 years of experience in exhibition curating. Over these years, she focused on the study of social responsibility of museum exhibitions and making museum visits an alternative experience. Hence, she curated Intelligence Infinity: Inspiration through Art, Long Time No See, Victoria, Past is Continuing and Walking in the Dreams that allowed the audience to enjoy artworks in an unconventional way. 

Yang Yeung is a writer of art and an independent curator. She founded the non-profit "soundpocket" in 2008 and is currently its Artistic Director. In 2015, she started an independent project A Walk with A3 located in a back alley in Causeway Bay in Hong Kong to support the right of art to be on the streets and right of pedestrians to encounter art as an everyday experience. She is a member of the independent art critics collective Art Appraisal Club (HK) and the International Art Critics Association (HK). She was awarded the Asian Cultural Council Fellowship in 2013-14. She currently teaches classics at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.



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Event Details

Fri 02 Jun 2017
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Asia Society Hong Kong Center, 9 Justice Drive, Admiralty
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