Giclee on Watercolor Paper
43cm x 16.5cm (17in x 6.5in)
These photographs by Stephen Lam are quietly sophisticated. They capture perfectly the way in which the current generation reflects on their Chinese family history: with both an aura of romanticism and an air of uneasiness, a beauty still and frozen, like a butterfly mounted in a case.
"The M. series is a work of gestures. My mother has not seen her family and home for 60 years. All she hangs on to are a few photographs of her brothers and sisters... All I see are those unstable gestures captured in a time capsule. Faces are buried. Some say art is just looking at old things in a new way. I can't agree more. I call it 'M' purely for the symmetry of the letter. It is far-fetched to say it is about mother or memory... although imagination is always welcome."
About the artist:
Stephen Lam studied at the International Center of Photography in New York City and has been exhibiting his work worldwide for over 20 years, in New York, Tokyo, Colorado, Krakow, and his home turf Hong Kong. His work is part of the permanent collection at the Hong Kong Museum of Art and The Center of Fine Art Photography Colorado.