Commission

Lo Lai Lai Natalie’s Commissioned project ‘Opportunity’ – ‘The Days Before The Silent Spring’

WMA is pleased to launch our commission grant artist Lo Lai Lai Natalie’s project The Days Before The Silent Spring.

Lo created a five-channel video installation that marks the tenth anniversary of the farming collective Sanwoodgoon. Founded in March 2010, Sangwoodgoon members include photographers, designers, art and culture workers, educators, journalists, researchers, and writers who experimented with living as Half Farmer Half X. Responding to the WMA 2018/2019 theme “Opportunity”, Lo’s work captured the collective’s growth and struggles through reflection on the multitude of worlds tied together and the myriad of life-forms germinated by the practice of farming. 

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Details of the public programmes, including a workshop about fermentation by Kishimoto Ho WY, a roundtable with members of Sangwoodgoon, will be announced shortly.

Image courtesy of the artist, The Days Before The Silent Spring (film still)

As part of the crowd management and public health safety measures, please reserve your spot before visiting the exhibition: https://bit.ly/3qnKoYI

Image courtesy of the artist, The Days Before The Silent Spring (film still)

About the artist

Lo Lai Lai Natalie is an artist based in Hong Kong. She received both her Bachelor of Art (Fine Arts) and Master of Fine Arts from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. A former travel journalist, Lo is interested in the development and the construction of nature. She is a learner at the collective organic farm Sangwoodgoon (Hong Kong) where she also explores, as an artist and a Hongkonger, the lifestyle of ‘Half-Farming, Half-X’, a practice that seeks alternatives and autonomy. Lai Lai finds her interests in food, farming, fermentation, slow-driving, surveillance, and meditation. Mixing multiple media including moving image, photography, and installation. Her works are collected by the Sigg Collection and Asian Art Museum of San Francisco (US). Lo has previously presented solo exhibitions at ‘Give no words but mum’ (2020, Tomorrow Maybe, Hong Kong), ‘Down into the Abyss’ (2018, bonacon gallery, Guangzhou, China), ‘Slow-So TV - Ann Eilathan’s Gaze’ (2016, Floating Projects, Hong Kong) and ‘Souvenir and Gift’ (2014, the Observation Society, Guangzhou, China). She is the recipient of the WMA Commission Grant on the theme ‘Opportunity’ and her works were presented in San Francisco, Paris, Dresden, Johannesburg, Beijing and Shanghai and more.

Special thanks to Para Site.