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Artist | Jaffa Lam

Installation/ Sculpture

Hong Kong

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About Jaffa Lam

Lam Laam, Jaffa is a sculptor specializing in large-scale site-specific works of mixed-media sculptures and installations, which are mainly made with recycled materials like crate wood, old furniture and recycled fabric. 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, the society and current affairs.

Apart from solo exhibitions, Lam was invited to take part in many local and international exhibitions, as well as artist residency programmes in Lamu in Kenya, Hualien in Taiwan, Dhaka in Bangladesh, Shanghai in China, New York in the United States and Toronto in Canada, etc. Lam participated in the contemporary art festival, “Setouchi Triennale 2013”in Japn, “”in Hamburg, Germany, in 2009 by Invitation. She was the New York Urban Glass visiting artist fellow in 2007-2008, the invited artist of the 10th anniversary of Tree Museum in Toronto, Canada in 2007 and fellow of the Desiree and Hans Michael Jebsen Fellowship of Asian Cultural Council in 2006. Lam was also one of the highlight artists selected by the Hong Kong Art Promotion Office for its “Artists in Neighbourhood Scheme II 2003”. The community project she started in Hong Kong in 2009 is titled “Micro Economy”, which acquired the exhibition presented by Hong Kong Arts Centre: Jaffa Lam Laam Collaborative: Weaver. Projects initiated by Lam include “Re: Wanchai—Hong Kong International Artists’ Workshop 2005” and “4x4—Hong Kong International Artists’ Workshop 2008”.

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 and Programme Coordinator of Higher Diploma in Fine Art.


Academic Qualifications

1999-2000 Postgraduate Diploma in Education (Art Education)

The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

1997-1999 Master of Fine Art,

The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

1993-1997 Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art)

The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Selected Solo Show

2013 “Jaffa Lam Laam Collaborative: Weaver”, Pao Gallery, Hong Kong Art Centre, Hong Kong

2011 “Micro Economy”, RMIT School of Art Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

2005 “Travel with Rickshaw”Alliance Francaise, Dhaka, Bangladesh

2003 “Murmur” Shatin Town Hall, Yuen Long Theatre, Hong Kong

Selected Group Exhibition

2014 “Fine Art Asia 2014”, Hong Kong Conventional and Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong

“The Wind Shifts-Dialogues with Hong Kong Artists” Chi Art Space, Hong Kong

2013 “Asia Platform in Setouchi Triennale 2013”, Fukuda, Shodoshima, Japan

2012 “Diverse City” 8Q, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore

“Blue Wind International Multimedia Art Festival”, Yangon, Burma

“Citizening” Vargas Museum, University of Philippines, Manila.

“Dialogue” between Hong Kong and Chinese artist, Liu Hai Su Art Museum, Shanghai,


“Passing through memory, Suzhou Jinji Lake Art Museum Opening Exhibition”, Suzhou,


2011 “Strolling on the water” Westlake Contemporary Museum, Hang Zhou, China

2010 “Butterfly Effect”, He Xian Ning Museum, Shenzhen

"Detour" Victoria Prison, Hong Kong

2009 “Subvision Art Festival”, Hamburg, Germany

2008 “Looking for Antonio Mak”, Hong Kong Museum of Art

2007 “The Tree Museum 10th Anniversary Exhibition”, The Tree Museum, Muskoka, Canada

2006 “Between Obstruction and Crossover; 2006 International Windbreak Forest Environment Arts Exhibition”, Tainam, Taiwan.

2005 “Travel with Rickshaw” Alliance Francaise, Dhaka Bangladesh

1996, 2001,

2003, 2005 “Hong Kong Art Biennial Exhibition”, Hong Kong Museum of Art

2004 “Wasanii International Artists’ Workshop”, Lamu, Kenya

2003 “Hualien International Artists’ Workshop”, Hualien, Taiwan


2010 40 UNDER 40, Recognising the next generation of design talent 2010,“Perspective” Magazine

2009 Honorable Mention, 2009-10 Freeman Foundation Asian Artists’Fellowship

2007 Urban Glass Visiting Artist Fellowship

2006 Asia Cultural Council Fellowship

2002 Awarded artist by the Hong Kong Art Promotion Office for “Artists in Neighbourhood Scheme II”

1997 Winner of International Art Contest (Hong Kong) Award (Mixed Media)

Winner of Hong Kong Creative Paper Works Competition (Mixed Media)

1996 Winner Y.S.Hui Arts Collection Award (Print Making)


Hong Kong Museum of Art

Hong Kong Heritage Museum

The Chinese University of Hong Kong


Private Collector

Artist Residency/ Cultural Exchange Programme

2014 Project Glocal: Transi(en)t Penang, Penang, Malaysia

2013 Fukutake House, Setouchi Triennial, Shodoshima Island, Japan

2012 Artist sharing, Vargas Museum, University of Philippines, Manila, Philippines

Blue Wind International Multimedia Art Festival, Yangon, Burma.

2012 Artist sharing, Vargas Museum, University of Philippines, Manila, Philippines

2011 RMIT, Melbourne, Australia

2010 Designer Exchange-Detour, Tokyo, Japan

2009 Subvision Festival, Hamburg, Germany

2007 Tree Museum, Ontario, Canada

Urban Glass, New York City, USA

2006 2006 International Windbreak Forest Environment Arts, Tainan, Taiwan

2005 Britto Arts Trust, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Oversea Artist Residency and Seminar

(Shantou University Sheung Kong School of Art & Design, China)

2004 Shanghai Pottery Workshop, China

Wasanii(Kenya) International Artists’ Workshop, Lamu, Kenya

2003-2004 Hong Kong Open Printshop , Hong Kong

2003 Hualien (Taiwan) International Artists’ Workshop, Hualien, Taiwan

Selected Book Published

2013 Editor: Chang Tsong-Zung, Serenella Ciclitira, “Hong Kong Eye- Hong Kong Contemporary Art”, 2013, Skira, Italy.

2013 Editor: Yeung Yang, “Away from the Crowd”, 2013, Soundpocket, Hong Kong.

2013 Caroline Ha Thuc, “Contemporary Art in Hong Kong”, 2013, Asia One (Hong Kong) and Nouvelles Editions Editions Scala (France).

2010 Author: Cedric Maridet, “Erasing the visible- Jaffa Lam’s Sound Tree”

Editor: Yeung Yang, “Around”, 2010, Soundpocket, Hong Kong.

2008 Editor: Victor Lai Ming-Hoi, “Artists’ Studios in Hong Kong”, Vol. 2. 2008. Asia One Product & Publishing Ltd.


2014 Monthly column in “Delta” art magazine since Oct 2014

Bi Monthly column in “Delta” art magazine since June 2014

"尋找唐景森", “Looking for Tong King Sum” , “Tempting Touch-The Art of Tong King-sum”,

Published by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, Aug 2014. Pp. 54-72.

2012 “活在當下,睹物尋趣”,Artlink, Oct 2012, Hong Kong Arts Center published

“觀塘:回家的夢路”Art Plus, issue July 2012, Artmap published

2010 Chief Editor of E-book “Echo-Classic, Hong Kong Sculpture Biennial”

Author: “從雕塑雙年展談起“Artlink, Oct 2010, Hong Kong Arts Center published

2009 Author: “Looking for Tong King Sum” Hong Kong Visual Arts Yearbook 2008

2008 Author, “Kidnapping .Playground_ Enjoy the sunshine, my pet plant” Ming Pao Weekly, Mar 16, 2008

2007 Author, “ If there is no Public Art” in “White Text” Issue no. 4, 2007

2006 One of the authors , “Re: Wanchai- Hong Kong International Artist workshop 2005”, The AiR Association, 2006

2004 One of the authors, “ Contemporary Hong Kong Wood Sculpture”, Artist Catalogue, 2004

2003 Researcher and one of the authors , “Hong Kong Popular Culture in Visual Education” ,

Hong Kong Education and Manpower Bureau (the former Education Bureau)

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