Wai Ting Loretta Lau was born in British Hong Kong. She worked as a visual arts teacher for 7 years, witnessing big changes since Hong Kong handover to China from the UK colonization. In 2018, she established herself in Prague as a political performance artist. Her relocating made her join one of the most recent waves of diaspora of the post-80’s generation.

Her first performance on 4th June 2019 entitled “Letter to my people” in DOX – Centre For Contemporary Art, which pays tribute to Liu Xiao- bo, the only Chinese Nobel Peace Prize winner, and to the deceased students who sacrificed their lives for the brighter future of humanity. The executor shaved her hair as a symbol of impending prison sentence. On 10th October 2019, she presented a public art performance – ‘Memory Eraser’ in the National Theater in Prague.

Recently, her projects comment with distinctive meditative-poetical methods on politically sensitive topics, spanning from the coronavirus crisis, through actual Hong Kong protests to the role of women in contemporary society. Her works are searching the boundaries between political and personal identities, which are now exhibiting throughout Europe and being collected by auction house Fabiani Arte in Italy.

Back to the Spring of Tiananmen

Our candles were lit up over 30 years at Victoria Park in Hong Kong.This year, Hongkongers can no longer gather in the memorial to mourn victims from the 4th June massacre! Artist Wai Ting Loretta Lau organised a vigil and art performance last night at the statue on Wenceslas Square, to light up the candles in Prague and to tell Hongkonger that their light towards freedom could never be banned!

3 days ago, the Hong Kong police force banned the annual 4th June vigil for the first time in three decades, citing coronavirus public gathering restrictions, and saying it objected to the planned assembly due to current social distancing measures. Due to the prohibition, Loretta Lau planned to gather people in Prague for a small scale vigil at the statue erected on Wenceslas Square. It is a traditional place of gathering where Czechs come to discuss public affairs, to mourn and celebrate, a place where politicians call public meetings.

The performance was divided into two parts: In the first part, through a performance of failure of lighting up 64 candles, symbolised a single power might not be able to light up humanities. Only if the world stood together, it would empower us to lead to a brighter future. Second part of the performance was a collective meditation monologue. Loretta Lau led the audience to go through an imagination journey of an exchange student in Beijing in 1989. From 1989 to 2019, from 15th April to 4 June, Loretta Lau brought the audiences to another time and space, to remind them of their best friend who scarfied on 4th June and to reburn their passion which died 31 years ago.

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