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‘The past is not “memory” but the archive itself, something that is factually

present in reality,’

-Boris Groys


Mixed media installation

Monitor, Schedule book, HGB record


                       I contemplate about what HGB is for me, what is inside the

archive of HGB. Then, I found a record, ‘Bericht der königlichen Akademie für

graphische künste und Buchgewerbe zu Leipzig 1912 bis 1914’, which is about

is out of our control in some ways. There are no script and no rehearsal for this

video. The record, which represents the history of HGB, is put next to the

security camera monitor to demonstrate the past and present. The monitor

shows the daily activity of a student’s apartment, which is happening ‘now’. The

past and present, the great university and the little student form a strong

contrast. The security camera is facing upward from the ground as to give a

unclear view of the environment and create a feeling of being peeped, or an

invasion of privacy, which normal position of security camera is placed from the

ceiling and facing downward in order to give a whole view of the space.

Moreover, the security camera is monitoring the main entrance of the apartment,

filming the in and out activities of the apartment, which responds to the official

HGB record of professors’ holiday. The live video describes different the

perspectives towards HGB from a student and from the authority. I have also

recorded the number of in and out activities of the main door, kitchen and

bathroom in order to respond to the HGB record.

On the other hand, the HGB record also includes the amount of

teaching material used from 1912-13. For example, 577 books and works and

496 single sheets are used. The books compose 59 art history, aesthetic, critic

books, 69 world and cultural history books…etc. The use of single sheets includes

64 sheets for etching, 22 sheets for woodcarving, 20 sheets for lithography…etc.

This detailed information is very rare nowadays and would not be able to find

it on HGB website. We have rich resources and technology nowadays and there is

no more need to control the usage of single sheets. I found these numbers are

very interesting and would like to further develop the concept by collecting the

number of books and paper usage in my daily life. Therefore, I started to record

how many book I read, how many paper I used and the purpose of use as a part

of the installation for this An_archive project in order to respond to the strict and

detailed HGB record. As I rarely use paper for artistic purpose currently, I also

counted the tissue paper usage everyday. The collected number will be a living

archive. Archive exists everyday. As Diana Franssen proposed, ‘looking at your

own archive through the lens of another archive [that] you are able to learn […]

about your different positions’.8 During the recording of number of tissue paper

usage in my daily life, I found that it is difficult to maintain the accuracy.

Sometimes I forgot to record after I consumed a few toilet papers. The HGB

record amazes me again with its accuracy and strictness. When I am recording

the numbers, I am actually making choices. Deciding what to be recorded or

deleted to build a personal archive.

Detail of HGB record, Photo by Chang an

Diese Garderobe, Rundgang 2017, Academy of Fine Arts Leipzig


Venue: Room 232a, Academy of Fine Arts Leipzig

The noblest pain

Water bottles, seawater from Hong Kong and Germany, texts, videoloop, parcel

6 x 6 x 23 cm, 7 x 7 x 24cm, Varible, 14 x 10 cm, 2’30 min, 36 x 25 x 21 cm


Time Traveling

Time travelling

A set of photo and documents


exhibited at ‘Full Stop’, Final show of Pilotenkueche International Artist Residency

         This project is documentation of my time journey to my mother’s childhood. I collect my mother’s childhood photo and documents, as I am curious about her past, before she gave birth to me. I replace her face with my face in the photo and changing her name to my name in her documents by Photoshop. This faking of history creates a new identity for me and a journey to my mother’s childhood. There is a caption showing the information of each photo, for example, the place, date and names of people involved, which provided by my mother.

Moreover, I exhibited the photos and documents in a glass box, trying to imitate the exhibition form of a historical museum, in order to convince the audience that the history is real. But at the same time, the title of the work ‘ Time Travelling’ shows a hint to the audience that the photos maybe fake. This exhibition form confuses the audience and arouses their curious. I, the artist become an object of the exhibition.




The noblest pain

Water bottles, seawater from Hong Kong and Germany, Single channel digital video, parcel

6 x 6 x 23 cm, 7 x 7 x 24cm, Variable, 3’01 min, Color  Sound Loop, 36 x 25 x 21 cm


exhibited at ‘Diese Garderobe’, Academy of Fine Arts Leipzig Rundgang 2017

‘Full Stop’, Final show of Pilotenkueche International Artist Residency

‘Nostalgia is the noblest pain’

-Johann Gottfried von Herder

     ‘Sea project’ is inspired by a wave of nostalgia for my homeland- Hong Kong since I moved to Berlin, Germany two years ago. Given the geographical location of Hong Kong, she is surrounded by deep waters. Berlin, on the contrary, is an inland city and a sea is lacking. I have been missing the sea in Hong Kong ever since I moved to Berlin. To me, seaside is a memorable place where I built relationships with significant others, chilled out and enjoyed some alone time. Life in Germany has been wonderful for me – great experiences gained, inspirations gotten and changes in life encountered. However, a sea is missing in Berlin.

Thus, I posted some seawater from Mirs Bay, Hong Kong to Germany which was then poured into the Baltic Sea, Germany. At the same time, some seawater from the Baltic Sea was as well kept in a water bottle. The two bottles of the seawater from Germany and Hong Kong were put next to each other in the installation. The distance between the two seas is now minimal, the limitation of distance is eliminated.

The project also covers stories of the two seas. Years ago, the Chinese escaped from the Communist Party by swimming from Mainland to Mirs Bay, Hong Kong; while Baltic Sea was where east Germans escaping from the DDR would pass by while they swam from Rostock, Germany to Denmark. The similarity between the two seas is a destiny, connecting the two of them together.

This project is still ongoing. Every sea has different stories, but yet similar. This journey of seawater collection will allow me to rethink the connection between the ocean and myself and the relationship between nature and men.







這作品亦探討了兩地海洋的故事,在中國文化大革命的時候,上一代香港人由內地游水偷渡到香港的大鵬灣 ; 在東西德的時代,東德人在(前)德意志民主共和國的鐵幕統治下由波羅的海偷渡到丹麥。兩地相似的逃亡故事仿佛是宿命性的,冥冥中將兩個海洋連繫在一起。


mare nostrum
Single Channel Digital Video
Color Sound Loop
2’25 min



The Back

Do asked no wawa

Watercolour on paper

17×26 cm


__days of ______

Watercolour on paper

26×35 cm



Watercolour on paper

18 x 29 cm


the girl on a high castle_s

The girl on a high castle

Watercolour on paper

22 x 28 cm


About Law Ho Man



LAW HO MAN (羅皓雯)

Law Ho Man (b.1992) is an independent artist from Hong Kong. She is now working and living in Berlin. She received her Bachelor in Fine Arts (B.F.A.) at Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2014. Her works examine about identity, race and language by creating videos. Her works has been exhibited in various institutions in Hong Kong and Berlin.


2016-present, Diploma of Media Arts, Academy of Visual Arts Leipzig (HGB)

2011-2014 Bachelor of Fine Arts of The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK)

Study trip

Aug,2012 Art Tour in Germany, supported by CUHK

Artist in Residency

May,2017 Pilotenkueche International Artist Residency, Leipzig, Germany


Turn on!, A Moving Image Exhibition,  a.m. Space, Hong Kong 2017
Full Stop, Final show of Pilotenkueche International Artist Residency 2017
Rundgang 2017, Academy of Fine Arts Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany 2017
Wire Arts Experiment, vol. 2, Berlin, Germany 2015
‘Mobile Cinema @ City Visions Jena’, Jena, Germany 2015
‘Hairly’, Law Ho Man Solo Exhibition, Ako Berlin, Germany 2015
‘Vanishing Line’ I-care sponsored exhibition in Cheng Ming Building, CUHK, Hong Kong 2014
‘We Don’t Drink Water’, The Art of CUHK 2014 Graduation Exhibition in Art Museum, CUHK, Hong Kong 2014
‘/ˈpraktɪs/’ Lai Oi Ki and Law Ho Man Joint Exhibition in New Asia Ch’ien Mu Library, Hong Kong 2014
‘FFFF’ Joint Exhibition in Hui Gallery, Hong Kong 2013
‘dOCUMANTA(13.5)’ , The Exhibition of Art Tour in Germany, Hong Kong 2012
‘CUHK Fine Arts’, Annual Exhibition, CUHK, Hong Kong 2012
‘Happy Birstday’, The Year One Showcase , Joint Exhibition, Hong Kong 2011
‘Cheerful Studio’s Students Joint Exhibition’ in Tsuen Wan Town Hall, Hong Kong 2010


Artist Statement

macht sichbar

macht sichbar
Visibility of invisible objects
is the same as the flowing consciousness
Experience is neutral
Bit of being my gravity

Sichtbarkeit unsichtbarer Objekte
ist dasselbe wie das fliessende Bewusstsein
Erfahrung ist neutral
Teil des Seins meiner Schwerkraft