Florence Lam

Florence Lam (b.1992 Vancouver, Canada) is currently based in Hong Kong. Lam works with wonder, animistic and magical thinking, with improvisation as thought process, to fuse together current moral issues with child-like world views through performance, poetry, video and sound. The aim is to explore the fertility and sterility of the mind manifested through the properties of the biological body and language as a hint to the evolution of human values and spiritual understanding. She obtained her MA Fine Art from Iceland Academy of the Arts in 2017 and her BA Fine Art from Central Saint Martins in 2014.

Lam has performed around Asia and Europe, including M+ (Hong Kong, 2023), Tai Kwun Contemporary (Hong Kong, 2022), Para Site (Hong Kong, 2021), Hidden Space (Hong Kong, 2020), Nanhai Gallery (Taipei, Taiwan 2019), MACRO Testattio Mattatoio Art Museum (Rome, Italy 2018), Kling & Bang (Reykjavík, Iceland 2018), Manifesta 11 (Zürich, Switzerland 2016) etc. Art festivals include Movement Festival (Hong Kong 2022), Black Market International – Exploring 2021 (Frankfurt, Germany 2021), A! Performance Festival (Akureyri, Iceland 2019), YÜP Festival (Osnabrück, Germany 2019), ZABIH Performance Festival (Lviv, Ukraine 2019), Reykjavík Arts Festival (Reykjavík, Iceland 2019), Performance Platform Lublin (Lublin, Poland 2017), Sequences Art Festival (Reykjavík, Iceland 2017), Performance Art Bergen Open (Bergen, Norway, 2017) etc. Her works have been shortlisted by Bloomsberg New Contemporaries 2014. She received a fellowship grant from “2046 Fermentation + Fellowship” fund from Para Site in 2022, and has been a resident artist at Paradise Air, Japan and Surnadal Billag A/S, Norway. Her performance work was donated and auctioned as an experience lot for Para Site Auction 2022.

She worked as a re-performer for “The Cleaner” Retrospective of Marina Abramović at Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn, Germany (2018) and a workshop facilitator for “A Different Way of Hearing – The Abramović Method for Music” at Alte Oper, Frankfurt, Germany (2019), facilitating “The Abramocić Method” workshop with audiences. Since 2020, she has been holding live and online performance art workshops. She is the co-founder and co-curator of Per.Platform, Hong Kong-based live art platform founded in 2021, and co-founder of BASE, a performance art studio in Hong Kong founded in 2022.

Short film “In Your Shoes” (2023), co-directed by Florence Lam and documentary filmmaker Chan Tze-woon, is co- commissioned and co-funded by City Contemporary Dance Company Jumping Frames International Movement-image Festival and Renaissance Foundation, and will be presented in ‘Jumping Frames 2023’. She played the leading role in “The Reticent Wave” (2023) directed by Yuen Chi-him for the 17th Fresh Wave International Short Film Festival, Hong Kong.