Unerasure       Screenprints & silver gelatin prints / 2020-ongoing

“Unerasure” is an ongoing series comprising a sets of screen prints and silver gelatin prints. Following the completion of “Break Now the Dawn” in late 2019, “Unerasure” marks a shift in Lam’s interest in the abstractions in nature (the dawn) to abstractions of language, as “Unerasure” sprouted from Lam’s ongoing photographic archive of erased graffiti in the streets of Hong Kong since mid 2019.


Erased graffiti is a material realisation of power as voices are silenced, language is broken down with its meanings stripped off visually. The political undercurrent in Lam’s practice has become starker and begins to speak more directly to censorship, resistance, and the politics of voice. The prints are the result of an ongoing experimentation on printmaking as a process of erasure and self-destruction. Lam explores a language in her work that is beyond representation— an abstracted form of language reaching toward action itself. The screen-prints consist of 2 layers of identically coloured positive and negative of an image printed on top of each other, which results in a solid block of colour. The subtle outline of the form is only visible due to the thickness of the ink. The seemingly redundant, simultaneous gestures of revelation and concealment could also be an act of resistance that “unerases”. Oscillating between delicacy and violence, “Unerasure” questions: what constitutes language and violence? Must violence be visible? What does history look like?

#5.1

Screenprint on paper

57x34cm

#5.1

Screenprint on paper

57x34cm

#2.1 

Silver gelatin print on paper

50x38cm

#2.2

Silver gelatin print on paper

4x15cm

#2.3 

Silver gelatin print on paper