I often appear in my video and photographic works, and begin with my interest in my surroundings, such as, domestic space, social space, studio, and the digital world.
Unlike painting and sculpture, analog camera was a part of our life in a way that didn’t require separating off your life by going to studio. You don’t have to cut yourself off. Lens-based media meant that you could be making work anytime, anywhere. If we accept that photography now is somehow freed from having to “tell the truth”, which it never really did anyway or only did in complicated ways, there is no longer any index in today’s world because its existence required analog recording technologies—in the sense that analog’s antagonism between object and subject in photography seems to have evaporated. Everyone today already assumes the manipulated and edited nature of the digital images.
My image making is driven by my interest in an associative space between unlikely combinations of things that are seemingly unrelated. I try to acknowledge the constructedness of contemporary image production (both still and moving-images), while embracing the “perfect fakeness” of it (I mean, you would not enjoy a magic show, if a woman was actually cut in half on the stage, right?). This elusive quality(or sometimes illusive?) is, for me, an access point to one’s vulnerability and deeply personal issues to hint potentially political questions.
Fascinated by scenes of everyday life, my work stems from my personal experience in my milieu as a migrant in the United States, in the form of narrative. My most recent video, Untitled (Loke Lau), 2016 — is a 20 minutes experimental narrative, that investigates my romantic partnership and the United States’ naturalization process that effects both of us as individuals. This part-documentary, part-fantasy driven work grapples with contemporary cultural identities and personal aesthetics, and it produces layers of meaning through time, dialectical construction, and a constant desire to escape from it.
In my play of using video, photograph, and any other media, I hope to be a mediator to deliver viewers problems or questions. So far, my video practice has been weighted more than any other media, and I am curious to explore how much “self” can be exposed in video and how little is shown in photographs, and vice versa. I wish the idea of “self” to become more expansive in my work.