The Mystery of the lady In RED


ST20 Part 1: ‘Alt-Truths, More than Fiction’

A one week work-in-progress Window Installation by Hio, during her residency at HOP Projects CT20 during the COVID19 lockdown

HOP Projects, 73 Tontine Street
24/04/20 – 01/05/20 | 8pm – 11pm

Documentation of the installation 3’12” [cinematography & editing]: Nina Shen-Poblete
Text & Installation: Hio

HOP Projects CT20 is pleased to present a work-in-progress window installation by artist, Hio Lam Lei , part of the Surface Tensions 2020 programme.

From Macau (China), Hio works primarily with moving-image and sculpture. In the midst of the COVID19 lock down, Hio has spent over a month in Folkestone in an artist residency to create a new piece of moving image work – a mockumentary entitled 

⁠’The Mystery of Lady in Red’. Drawing from post-colonial theories, the work explores the sense of disorientation experienced when she tries to relocate through personal history, the cultural heritage of her ethnicity, and gender in the UK. Foreign, Asian, Chinese and female, the image of the ‘Lady in Red’ manifests a resistance to the pre-conceived and stereotyped identity of a particular social group, and the moving image work narrates the myths surrounding self-concealment and self-discovery.

The work-in-progress installation has been created in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the implementation of social distancing. Opening on Friday 24 April as part of Last Fridays Folkestone, you can catch a preview of Hio’s work in the evenings between 8-10pm for a week when you are passing Tontine Street during your daily exercise.

The mockumentary, ‘The Mystery of The Lady in Red’ will be complete and screened at a later date – sign up to our newsletter for future announcement. 

Hio’s residency kicks starts ST20 Part I: ‘Alt-Truths, More than Fiction’Expanded Cinema as a site for Experimentation & Activism (April – June 2020). The programme brings together 5 female artists working in the expanded field of moving image: Hio Lam Lei, Sharon Daniel, Hijack, Jing Xie and Renèe Helèna Brown

Through feminist epistemological lens, they freely and playfullyjuxtapose narratives, myths, archival materials and personal testimonies, using devices such as satire & fictive constructions to explore the unstable nature of perceived realities, cultural identities, structural racism, consumption, romance, and our relationships to Western nationalism.

The hybridity of the media: (moving image, performance, site-specific installation & interactive documentary) expands ST20’s tradition in immersive installations, and explores new modes of social interactivity and ways of experiencing art, especially at the time of enforced isolation during the COVID19 pandemic, which makes this body of work even more relevant and urgent.

Surface Tensions 2020 presents art that is deeply immersed in the traumas, struggles and violence of our time, from the perspectives of those on the margins, subverting established powers and narratives in a collective act of creative resistance, and questioning our relationships to Western identity and nationalism.

Post-colonialism, Nationalism & the Search for the Feminine Image
Artist in Conversation: Hio Lam Lei

Against the backdrop of an eerily deserted Creative Quarter amidst the worsening COVID19 pandemic, HOP co-director, Nina Shen-Poblete has been talking with ST20 artist Hio, tracing personal histories, language & heritage to explore the porous nature of cultural identities: what it means to be Chinese and a woman today

Read the conversation here