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Course: Global cultures 1980–now > Unit 1

Lesson 8: Revisiting histories

Lam Tung Pang on "A Day of Two Suns (2019)"

Lam Tung Pang is a Hong Kong-based artist whose work encompasses painting, drawing, performance, video, and installation. Assembling traditional iconography and found objects, Lam creates layered allegorical landscapes that engage themes of history, memory, and time. These works capture the nuanced emotions that seep out from beneath the weight of drastic political change. Lam received his BFA from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and his MFA from Central Saint Martins in London.

A day of two Suns (2019) is an ensemble of plywood mountain sculptures and found objects staged around a large paper screen, upon which videos are projected on either side. These ever-shifting compositions of faded, seemingly still videos, which depict panoramic sights in Hong Kong, reflect Lam Tung Pang’s memories of his home. The assorted objects cast shadows that obscure these memories onscreen, evoking our scattered recollection of the disappearing past. The screen and geographical motifs reference classical Chinese landscape painting, in which Lam was trained.
Created by Asian Art Museum.

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