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.

COVID 19 & 21

Confession of virus isolation days – 21 (COVID-21) is a continuous project from a documentary project created and exhibited last year – Confession of virus isolation days – 19 (Covid-19) In the last project, artist Loretta Lau asked 167 people from every corner of the world to participate in an online interview, while she was portraiting their unique faces. Except for the 13 meters long portrayed canvas, a 55mins documentary which recorded interviewee emotion and their special ways to deal with personal and collective struggles were particularly essential in the scheme. At this time, the artist would like to follow the lives of people from all around the world after one year of pandemic situation. To share their experiences, opinions, and ideas in order to reveal the authentic basic human rights issue in this severe moment. Apart from the original interviewees, the artist also plans to invite more participants to take part in this project, she targets to interview 10 people each day, for 21 days. In the new episode, Loretta will use her significant painting skill – white on white painting – to depict the contrast of the obsolete effort and the absolute ambition from humanity.
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