How We Met

By: Lam Pei

Hong Kong is a very interesting place — A small place that gathers people from all directions to settle here. The same is true of my parents; in search of a better life, my previous generations relocated from Chaoyang, Guangzhou, to Indonesia, but left Indonesia to mainland China to continue their studies because of the Chinese exclusion. At that time my parents did not know each other, but they boarded the same boat. They went to college together, graduated, went out and finally got married. Afterwhich, due to my mother's bad health, my father decided to settle in Hong Kong. Since then, they lived in Hong Kong for the rest of their lives, and I was able to be born on this piece of land.

My parents' story has always fascinated me. As if flipping through chapters and pages, you get to see life in a disappeared era. In this piece, I presented my parents' past in the form of a three-dimensional installation. In addition to presenting the objects that had been scattered in the past via illustrations, the seagull becomes a motif that connects with the past, symbolizing the time that has disappeared. Every past is an act of fate. Do you know any stories too, about your parents that are about to be forgotten?

Hidden messages in some parts.

About Lampei

Born and based in Hong Kong, Lam Pei is a visual artist who records her life through illustration, comics and paper mache. Vice chairman (2019-2021) and Hon. Treasurer (2014-2016) of Hong Kong society of illustrators. Lam Pei has been exploring the stories of “Flying Sofye Series”, while the characters in the series started appearing in different shopping mall activities in Hong Kong. In recent years, Lam Pei Studio has also launched related Vinyl Toys and exhibited them in different international trendy toy shows in Beijing, Shanghai, Japan, Thailand, Taipei, etc. Supported by the “Seventh Animation Support Program”, Lam Pei’s latest “Flying Sofye” project is a three-minute short film animation on Flying Sofye’s adventure story.

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