Wei Leng Tay—The Other Shore 鄭瑋玲—彼岸

Young Mainland Chinese are moving to Hong Kong from all over China, leaving their homes because of family interests or in search of better education and career prospects. Such migrants fi­nd themselves in majority Chinese yet increasingly tense environments, often confronting entrenched ideas regarding ‘Mainlanders’. While often presented as a single group, the photographic portraits and interviews in ‘The Other Shore’ reveal individual lives, with diverse aspirations and attitudes towards Hong Kong. ‘The Other Shore’ asks how one’s sense of self is entwined with national identity, and how a host environment affects our outlook and everyday lives. Tay’s project also reflects on similar experiences of young educated Chinese elsewhere, negotiating a new place in the world.

About the photographer

Based in Singapore and Hong Kong, Wei Leng Tay’s work considers how socio-economics, history, family and the state intersect with notions of displacement and self-identity. She is best known for portraits taken in spaces familiar to her subjects, typically their home or workplace, or a significant place in the city where they live. Tay builds a relationship with her subjects through extensive interviews, some of which are recorded and presented as transcripts or audio installations with her photographs. In 2015, Tay was the recipient of the Poynter Fellowship at the Yale School of Art, and recently completed a residency with Vasl Artists’ Collective, Karachi. Tay’s work has been exhibited widely in Asia and internationally, and is held in several public collections, including: the National University of Singapore Museum, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts, Japan, and the Hong Kong Heritage Museum.

Curated by Dr Olivier Krischer (Australian Centre on China in the World).

Exhibition dates: 31 March–15 July 2016

Gallery hours: 9am–5pm, Monday to Friday

Selected weekends: 10am–4pm (23–24 April, 11–12 June, and 9–10 July)

Public Events

'Art Forum' Talk:Thursday, 16 March, 1:15pm, School of Art Lecture Theatre, ANU

A talk by visiting artist Wei Leng Tay in the popular Art Forum series, hosted by ANU School of Art. Tay will present an illustrated talk on her current and past exhibiton and residency projects, in Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Japan, and Pakistan. Free and open to the public.

In Conversation: Wei Leng Tay and Olivier Krischer: Thursday, 31 March, 6:00–7:00pm, Muse, East Hotel, 69 Canberra Ave, Kingston

Join artist Wei Leng Tay and exhibition curator Olivier Krischer in conversation at Canberra's Muse—specialists in good conversation, wine, food and books—where they will discuss the development of Tay's photographic practice and how this project addresses cultural identity and politics in Hong Kong today. Paid event, bookings essential, includes complimentary wine or soft drink.

Photography Workshop: Saturday, 2 April, 1:00–5:00pm, The National Portrait Gallery, King Edward Terrace, Parkes

Join Wei Leng Tay for a photography workshop, organised by the National Portrait Gallery and ANU School of Art Photography and Media Arts. Some experience assumed.


Wei Leng Tay's artist residency is supported by the ANU School of Art; prints for 'The Other Shore' have been produced in the ANU School of Art's Inkjet Research Facility, with the technical assistance of Jason O'Brien and Rowan Conroy. The exhibition production benefits from the expertise of Glenn Beattie and colleagues in ANU Facilities and Services. We also acknowledge event partners, Muse restaurant, in Canberra's East Hotel, and the National Portrait Gallery.

Dates & times

Thursday, 31 March 2016

12.00am - 12.00am


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