Join Sara Mao, Director of Christie’s Education Asia Pacific, with Jaffa Lam (Artist), Jeannie Wu (Director, Hart Collective), Joel Kwong (Transmedia Specialist and Media Art Curator), and Lorraine Kiang Malingue (Gallery Director and Co-Founder of Edouard Malingue Gallery), for a discussion on and celebration of women creatives in Hong Kong.
As one of Asia’s busiest hubs for cultural-exchange, Hong Kong has witnessed tremendous organic and international growth with art fairs, new galleries, and the upcoming M+ and Palace Museums. The panel will begin with an introduction to the panelists respective experiences, challenges and roles in the creative industry, followed by discussions on the influence of women in today’s art world, roles of female curators, collectors and educators, the power of the female voice in Asia, and how art can be utilized as a tool for gender equality.
Lam Laam, Jaffa received her BFA, MFA and Postgraduate Diploma in Education at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. She is now the Academic Head at the Hong Kong Art School and is also a senior lecturer and Sculpture Subject Coordinator, as well as the Project director of Jockey Club ICH (Intangible Cultural Heritage)+ Innovative Heritage Education Program.
She is a sculptor specializing in large-scale site-specific works of mixed-media sculptures and installations, which are primarily made with recycled materials such as crate wood, old furniture and umbrella fabric. In recent years, she has been involved in many public art and community projects in Hong Kong and overseas. Her works often explore issues related to local culture, history, society and current affairs.
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. In 2006, she was awarded the Asian Cultural Council’s Desiree and Hans Michael Jebsen Fellowship.
In 2009, she started a community project in Hong Kong titled “Micro Economy”. At the invitation of Hong Kong Arts Centre Jaffa staged the exhibiton: Jaffa Lam Laam Collaborative: Weaver, to highlight this project which was also shown in Japan’s Setouchi Triennale 2013 representing Hong Kong.
Director, Hart Collective
Experienced Consultant with a Master of Arts focused in Literary & Cultural Studies from The University of Hong Kong,
and a demonstrated history of working in the management consulting industry. In 2008, Wu started her career in the
arts as an art administrator at Vermillion Art Collections allowed Wu to gain insight in depth into contemporary art
collecting and connect closely with artists, in particular helping renowned local artist ‘Frog King’ to organise his
studio. She actively engaged in various projects as Project Officer at Hong Kong Arts Centre such as ‘Hong Kong Short
Film: New Action Express’. Wu then further expanded and consolidated her network within the local art scene during
her freelance work supporting the artist-run initiative Painting On and On. After 4 years of working as Personal
Assistant to collector/consultant/curator William Zhao, Wu took up key positions at K11 Art Foundation as Acting
Cultural Manager and now, HART Collective as Director to lead within the art and cultural industry, break boundaries
and connect creative talents within the network.
Transmedia Specialist and Media Art Curator
Joel Kwong, an international media art curator, writer, producer, educator and transmedia specialist based in Hong Kong. She is currently the Programme Director for Microwave International New Media Arts Festival and the founder of SIBYLS – a creative consultation & production agency. Her most recently projects include the Sunata – an immersive media art journey featuring Keith Lam & Dimension Plus in 2019, and the Microwave edition 2020 – Sharp Chronicles and a Transmedia project with 5 HK & Taiwan creative talents in the theme of About Life & Death. Her curated projects has been shown and toured around Asia and US, and she is also a writer and columnists for many different magazine and media platforms throughout the years, including a series of write up in the theme of Love, Taste & Memories with Storyteller between 2019 - 2020. She has been giving talks and lectures in different festivals and institutions, includes Shenzhen Media Art Festival, ACT Festival in Gwangju/Korea, National University of Taiwan, the University of Eletro-communications in Tokyo, FILMART, Entertainment EXPO in Hong Kong etc. Always believe in art and technology.
Lorraine Kiang Malingue
Gallery Director and Co-Founder, Edouard Malingue Gallery
Lorraine Kiang Malingue was born in Hong Kong and received her degree in Art History and Economics from New York University. With previous work experience at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Guggenheim Museum New York, and four years at Christie’s auction house in New York and Hong Kong, she co-founded Edouard Malingue Gallery in 2010. In 2016, the gallery opened its second space in West Bund, Shanghai, and closed last year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Lorraine has also founded Condo Shanghai in 2018, collaborating and bridging local and international galleries. The gallery has recently celebrated its 10th anniversary and is in process of moving to its permanent location at 10 Sik On Street in Wanchai, Hong Kong, opening this Fall.