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Grace Lau

Grace Lau

A practising photographer, lecturer and writer, Grace Lau was born in London of Chinese parentage. A retrospective of her photography covering the sub-culture of fetishism appears in “Adults in Wonderland” (Serpents Tail, UK, 1997). Here she explored the marginal subcultures within British society. In 2005 she was awarded Arts Council funding for the project “21st Century Types” in which she constructed a 19th century Shanghai portrait studio in Hastings and invited the public to be photographed. This resulted in an archive of 400 portraits of 21st century types.  Her work observes and makes comment on cultural issues through oblique or subversive photography. 

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Open print collection in gallery view

Through the Mirror Darkly

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Medium: Lambda fibre based print

Size: 12x16" (Image)  16x20" (framed)

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Through the Mirror Darkly #2

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Edition 1 of 9

Medium: Lambda fibre based print

Size: 12x16" (Image)  16x20" (framed)

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Through the Mirror Darkly #3

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Edition 1 of 9

Medium: Lambda fibre based print

Size: 12x16" (Image)  16x20" (framed)

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Through the Mirror Darkly #4

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Edition 1 of 9

Medium: Lambda fibre based print

Size: 12x16" (Image)  16x20" (framed)

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Through the Mirror Darkly #5

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Edition 1 of 9

Medium: Lambda fibre based print

Size: 12x16" (Image)  16x20" (framed)

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Artist Statement

Adults in Wonderland

This work is from my book "Adults in Wonderland" (Serpents Tail UK, 1997) which is an photographic retrospective of my fifteen years exploring the marginal subcultures within British society. The subject documents the ways in which reconjugations of the body, "the second skin", take place not in some rarefied exotic locus but within and among the banalities of suburbia. I have photographed at fetish and S/M clubs; private adult parties; studio and home portraits of gender transformation; dominatrix in dungeons; slaves and masters events - some as commissions, others for myself. Val Williams reviewed my exhibition in Oct 1989 for the New Statesman: 'Lau's work does much to demarginalise pornography and to return the picturing of eroticism to its established place within British hotography...Photography, like Grace Lau's which portrays and supports a particular subculture, is important too in that it radicalises something which is frequently consigned to the tatty fringes of commercialism.