|22.08.2023 / 19:30
SPA (Studio Performance Art) in collaboration with the artists in residence programme of MeetFactory present the work of Loretta Lau [Amsterdam/Prague] and Saadat Aitalieva [Bishkek]. The event will be composed of two live performance/installations and an informal discussion.
LORETTA LAU: BEYOND SILENCE
“Beyond Silence” emerges as a captivating and visionary 30-minute multimedia performance that intricately weaves together the narratives of the Tiananmen Square massacre and the dynamic spirit of the 2019 Hong Kong movement. Through a fusion of mesmerizing visuals, immersive soundscapes, and evocative movements, this art piece unveils a profound humanitarian crisis, casting an unyielding spotlight on the haunting specter of suspicious deaths and the relentless pursuit of freedom in Hong Kong.
Within the tumultuous tapestry of the ongoing Hong Kong protests, a chilling pattern of lives lost and voices stifled emerges, resonating with intensity throughout the essence of “Beyond Silence.” Here, the artist’s homage becomes a powerful testament, transforming the body into an emblem of defiance, the ultimate weapon wielded against the shackles of oppression.
As flickering candle lights illuminate the space, this immersive performance serves as a resounding call to action, a stirring plea to preserve the memory of those who sacrificed everything and amplify their resolute messages. It invites audiences to delve deep into the shared struggle for fundamental rights and to stand in unwavering solidarity with those who navigate the arduous path towards a brighter future.
Loretta Lau is a Performance Artist, Curator, and Activist originally from British Hong Kong. She has witnessed significant changes in Hong Kong’s political landscape since its handover to China. Relocating to Prague in 2018 to pursue her master’s degree, she has since been actively involved in art and politics, becoming the director of the NGO DEI, organizing exhibitions, panel discussions, and cultural events. Her powerful performances, such as “Letter to my people” and “Memory Eraser,” have garnered attention and reflection, addressing themes ranging from political activism to the role of women in society. Her works have been exhibited across Europe, and she has been invited to speak at prestigious events like Forum 2000, gaining coverage from major international press outlets.
Saadat Aitalieva is a curator, producer, researcher and practitioner of performance art focusing on women’s rights, based in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Her work is related to conceptual and visual development and activist gestures with fem-optics. Saadat’s artistic practice aims at exploring the culture and traditions through the lens of memory: personal experiences of living, growing up and interacting with nature. The dynamism and form of her artistic explorations organically shape the healing process through the body’s close interaction with the natural and social environment. She uses photography, installations and live performances as mediums as well as food as means of expression.
Saadat is currently the co-founder of the self-organized platform Bishkek School of Contemporary Art (BiSCA)