Museum of Half Truths

1a space proudly presents the Museum of Half Truths, group exhibition curated by UK-based curators Rachael Burns and Polly Palmerini, featuring New York and Hong Kong based artist Lau Wai, Singapore-based artist Moses Tan, Hong Kong-based artists Andrew Luk, Stacey Chan Lok Heng and Ip Wai Lung. Museum of Half Truths is the selected project of 1a space’s "The Emerging Talents in Contemporary Art": Open Call for Artist/Curator (International).

Museums and libraries are the repositories of history but they remain flawed and biased in their representation. How can we disrupt the pre-existing structures that surround us? How can we represent fairly our many co-existing and conflicting memories and histories?

The Museum of Half Truths will aim to answer these questions by exploiting the conventions of these institutions to present a playful take on a museum that is transparent about its subjectivity.

Our compulsion to collect, archive and document history is inherently human. These artists draw from personal and historical archives and cultural tropes to investigate the relationship between fact, fiction and memory.
The artists featured question our recording of cultural memory; investigating rituals and traditions; the whitewashing of popular culture; and by memorialising and advocating for underrepresented communities.

Museum of Half Truths

Opening Reception: 7th August 2020, 6:30pm (Held online over Facebook live)

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Exhibition Period: 8th -30th August 2020

Time: Tuesdays to Sundays 11 am – 7 pm (closed on Mondays)
Venue: 1a space
Unit 14, Cattle Depot Artist Village, 63 Ma Tau Kok Road,To Kwa Wan, Kowloon, Hong Kong

***Cattle Depot Artist Village is temporarily closed due to COVID-19. The exhibition will be shown by virtual exhibition until further notice on the opening hours.

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Public Programs 

Artist-led Tour
Friday 7th August 2020, 7pm
*Held online over Facebook live
Facebook Live:

Making a Museum - Curator-led workshop
Saturday 8th August, 4-7pm
*Held online over Instagram live
Instagram Live:

Saturday 8th August, 7-8pm
*Held online over Facebook live
Facebook Live:

Artist Panel Discussion
Friday 14th August, 7-8pm
*Held online over Zoom
Zoom Live:
Meeting ID : 922 1321 2040
Passcode : 921629

Care /ing /ful /less - Reading Group
Sunday 16th August, 6-8pm
*Held online over Zoom
Zoom Live:
Passcode : 910253

*The public programs are free of charge, all are welcome.

About the Curators

Rachael Burns

Rachael Burns (b. 1994, UK) is a curator, producer and educator based in Manchester. She graduated from BA Photography at Manchester School of Art in 2016 and has since worked with artists from around the UK, for young people programs, and in exhibition production.

She is a founding member of FORM; a collective of artists who work together through a series of experiments in collaboration. FORM have exhibited across the UK and in 2019 held the inaugural Derby Photo Fringe to coincide with Format International Photography Festival.

Rachael is currently working as Events Coordinator for Redeye, the Photography Network and with Photovoice, a charity working with photography ethically to promote positive social change alongside other freelance projects.


Polly Palmerini

Polly Palmerini (b. 1995, Italy) is curator, educator and artist based in Manchester UK.

Currently a Teaching Assistant on the BA (Hons) Photography at Manchester School of Art and Club Tutor for National Saturday Club in Art and Desing. Her practice concentrates on materiality, malleability and the performative quality of everyday objects, which an interest in objects found in her surroundings.

Since graduating, she has been working as an art workshop lead for young people around Greater Manchester, which encourage widening participation and engagement in art. Polly has worked on the production and curation of several shows in Manchester, UK through a series of exhibition involving current undergranduate students and also through open calls.

About Participating Artists

Andrew Luk
Andrew Luk is a Hong Kong artist whose material-based practice of creating installations, sculptures, and images investigates how civilization regards itself in relation to nature by way of examining human projects as well as studying naturally occurring systems of entropy, anti-entropy, and preservation. Time, in regards to history, memory, and experience, is utilized as a medium; selectively enhancing and detracting value by reconfiguring both fictional and factual material histories and composing arrangements that mitigate the difference between the man-made and the naturally occurring. The aim is to draw connections between entities and discover new narratives.

Stacey CHAN Lok Heng
Born in 1995 in Australia, Stacey CHAN Lok Heng lives and works in Hong Kong. She receives her BA from the Academy of Visual Arts in Hong Kong Baptist University who is the recipient of the Vitamin D Award and AVA Award at AVA BA GradShow 2017 by her work “Normalised”. By removing the usual form of everyday objects, Chan’s works bring viewers to a redefinition of matter through our own practical experience and relationship with objects. Her visual form of nothingness maximises audience’s thinking and imagination on artworks, which allows objects to speak for itself in creating a psychological dialogue with viewers. Chan has participated in exhibitions in Austrian Museum of Contemporary Art (MAK) and galleries in Hong Kong, Berlin, Croatia and Switzerland. Her works are in Uli Sigg’s collection and Hong Kong private collection. 

Lau Wai
Born in Hong Kong, Wai currently lives and works in New York and Hong Kong. Her work utilizes photography, video, drawing and installation exploring the multilateral constructions of identity in relation to race, gender and the notion of belonging. She attempts to investigate how history, fiction, personal memory and virtuality collided in the process of identity formation through personal and historical archives, cinematic imagery, popular culture and digital media.

Moses Tan
Moses Tan (b. 1986, Singapore) is a Singapore-based artist whose work explores histories that intersect with queer theory and politics while looking at melancholia and shame as points of departure. Working with drawing, video and installation, his interest lies in the use of subtlety and codes in the articulation of narratives. He graduated from LASALLE College of the Arts with a BA(Hons) in Fine Arts and a BA(Hons) in Chemistry and Biological Chemistry from Nanyang Technological University.

Ip Wai Lung
Ip Wai Lung is a meditation enthusiast who embraces impermanence, as conventional religious believes are static, yet the world is constantly in flux. He intervenes with life by mediation in an attempt to process all the impermanence, queerness, and ambiguity the world throws at him. Through art Ip stages meditation, he detaches and engages with the consciousness and unconscious. This constantly shifting of roles, modes, and discipline is the backbone of his art works. His works might be plain and dry at first glance, yet there is a never-ending restlessness bursting from the seams. 

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1a space, founded in 1998, is an independent, non-profit making contemporary art space founded by a collective of Hong Kong artworkers. 1a space presented more than 160 contemporary art exhibition in Hong Kong over two decades.