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.

Confession Of Virus Isolation Days19 (COVID-19)

Confession Of Virus Isolation Days19 (COVID-19) is an online performance art project, inspired by the quarantine situation all over the world. A massive live-streaming discourse among guests and artist Loretta Lau accomplished in 19 days of isolation from 25th March to 12th April. 166 international artists, musicians, actors and individuals were invited to participate a confession session, to share their unique emotion and story in this hard isolation time. The artist was speaking behind the textile, as if the guests were confessing to the priest in the confession box, which gave less tension and disturb to the conversation.

As an initiator, Loretta Lau was interviewing the guests about influences and experiences since the quarantine. While participants were expressing their perspectives or showing their performances, she depicted their portraits with blue brushes according to the vibes on a 13 meters long canvas. Blue is a typical color of cold and medicine, regarding the quarantine life and health care. It is also associated with credibility, trust, knowledge, power, professionalism, cleanliness, calm and focus. In the meantime, we need those strengths to heal the wounds of the society.


Interviews review: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLGU0ExDvpuPxsP13_5azXNkaH-Ubs23R8

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