Guided Viewing: Hi! Houses: Jaffa Lam x Sam Tung Uk Museum
"Jaffa x Sam Tung Uk" is an ongoing, site-specific exhibition of sound, light and video installations created throughout the spacious Sam Tung Uk Museum, a restored Hakka village in Tsuen Wan. The work was one of four artistic installations ("Hi! Houses") to pay tribute to the long tradition and historical legacies of four monuments commissioned by the Hong Kong Arts Promotion Office. Jaffa’s unifying theme for her piece is inspired by the story of a missing calligraphy couplet which had been hanging in the original structure of Sam Tung Uk before its renovation, as she discovered from early photographs. The words of the missing couplet revealed the deep wisdom of Hakka elders who valued both education and the dignity of farming and traditional forms of livelihood.
Jaffa Lam received her BFA, MFA and Postgraduate Diploma in Education at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. She is now teaching at the Hong Kong Art School as Senior Lecturer. She is a sculptor specializing in large-scale site-specific works of mixed-media sculptures and installations, which are primarily made with recycled materials. 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.