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Are people today used to understand the world through fragmentary images? Helpless to investigate, what does a collection of images have to say? Tam Wai Ping tries to realize the interchangeability between image and word. The photographer roamed through Siri Lanka, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan and China, his lens captured the paces of the peoples in different regions of Asia, and his writing depicted a contemporary landscape of Asia.


Tam spent 14 years (2005-2019) to finish the Life Pilgrimages series which comprises of 52 photographs that tackle the problems of value judgment that Asia has encountered in the process of modernization, i.e., how British colonial policy has tampered with the relationship between Sri Lankans and their land, how Hong Kong has lost her own “shadow” after the 1997 handover, what we can learn about democracy from the elections in Taiwan, how a tribulation has come between tradition and reform in Japan, and what the phenomenon of entertainmentalization means in the process of modernization in China.



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Born in Hong Kong in 1967, Tam graduated from the University of Reading in 1991 and completed his postgraduate studies at the Slade School of Fine Art, University College of London, in 1995.  He is the chairman and co-founder of the the Hong Kong literary and arts journal and cultural  platformmedia , Art Map, and currently serves as an associate professor in the Department of Fine Arts of The Chinese University of Hong Kong.


Tam’s early work explored the definition of what is real, searching for the situational differences between fact and fiction. Confronted by the hardships of reality, he has always endeavoured to find ways to contextualise history and contemporary life, which has led him to examine the relationship between the ‘individual’ and ‘land’ and, from there, to investigate ‘modernity’ in Asian values.  His interest has more recently turned to the relationships between ‘text’, ‘object’ and ‘image’, where he re-evaluates how art can serve as a cognitive experience.


He works in variety of media and is known in particular for his photography, installation and environmental art.  His art has been exhibited in Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Macau, Japan, South Korea, Sri Lanka, the Philippines, Australia, the United Kingdom, France, Switzerland and the United States.



Book Size:W151mm x H216mm
Pages: 238 pages
Language: Chinese, English

ISBN: 978-988-77971-0-4
Publisher: brownie publishing ltd.

Publication date: Sept. 2019

《Life Pilgrimages》TAM Wai Ping

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