Ho Tam

Lessons: No. 12

2000
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In his series "Lessons", Ho Tam investigates the construction of personal history as it relates to larger social and cultural events. The photographs document La Salle Primary School in Hong Kong, a Catholic boys' school the artist attended during the late 1960s and early 1970s. Having immigrated to Canada in 1978, Tam's return to his native city was sparked both by a fascination with its transfer from British to Chinese rule on 1 July 1997 and an interest in examining the lingering remnants of colonialism. After first videotaping scenes in and around the school, Tam then photographed the film as it played on a television monitor. The dreamlike, doubled quality of the resulting images points to the elusive nature of Tam's memories of Hong Kong that too have been doubled - mediated both by his upbringing within a colonial context in Hong Kong and, later, experiencing another kind of colonization as an adult living in North America.
Artist
Title
Lessons: No. 12
Date
2000
Medium
Photograph
Materials
chromogenic print (Fujicolor)
Dimensions
50.8 x 60.8 cm
Nationality
Canadian
Credit line
Purchased 2002
Accession number
2002.150