Mr. Wing Ki LEE is a researcher, practitioner and educator in photographer. His artistic practice lies between documentary photography, artistic and archival research, and a contemporary take to analogue photographic practice. His photography projects were exhibited in Austria, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Latvia, South Korea, Taiwan and the UK. His documentary photography project ‘Tsang’s Odyssey’ is selected as a finalist of the WMA Masters Award (16-17, Mobility), Hong Kong; and his recent work ‘Faded’ is selected as one of the exhibitors of the KG+ SELECT 2019, Kyotographie International Photography Festival, Japan.
He read history of art at the University of Hong Kong and receive a MA in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography at London College of Communication, University of the Arts London, supported by a British Chevening Scholarship. He is also a curatorial member of 1a space, an independent art space in Hong Kong.
Lee’s research focuses on social, cultural and political histories of photographic practice in the Chinese context. Research projects include 1) Cultural politics of photographic magazines and salon photography in Hong Kong and Communist China; 2) Photographic manipulation, grassroots democracy and the Umbrella Movement, Hong Kong; and 3) Memorial photography in the Chinese context.
2017 – 2020 General Research Fund (project title: Identification of Porcelain Photo in the Chinese Context: Material Culture, Technical History and Creative Application; project number: 12605417; fund approved: HKD 524,600)
2016 Knowledge Transfer Partnership Seed Fund, HKBU (HKD 100,000)
2015 Special Research Grant (Photography), kaitak Centre for Research and Development in Visual Arts, HKBU, supported by the Robert H.N. Ho Family Foundation (HKD 50,000)
2013 Project Grant (Visual Arts, Publication), Hong Kong Arts Development Council (HKD 77,900)
2011 Asia Art Archive Research Grant 2011 – 2012 (USD 10,000)
2019 ‘Faded’, KG+SELECT, Kyotographie International Photography Festival, Japan
2018 ‘Faded: A solo exhibition of Lee Wing Ki’, Lumenvisum, Hong Kong
2018 ‘Howard, Danny, Brother Kuen’, Listen Up?! Thematic Exhibition, 1a space, Hong Kong
2017 ‘I will not abandon you as orphans’, Onfoto Studio, Taipei, Taiwan.
2017 ‘Tsang’s Odyssey’ in WYNG Masters Award Exhibition 2016 – 17, Comix Home Base, Hong Kong
2016 ‘I will not abandon you as orphans’ in Photography As Methods curated by Carol Chow and Paul Yeung at Koo Ming Kown Exhibition Gallery, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong.
2012 ‘Open for business?’ in Elephant in focus: Economy, Cuming Museum, London, UK.
2010 ‘Stories of Ezersalas Speciala Internatpamatskola’, in Reference Point, presented by ISSP, at Goethe Institute, Riga, Latvia.
2010 ‘Tsang’s Odyssey’ in Overexposed City, at Apiary Studios, Photomonth East London Festival, UK.
Forthcoming, ’The Social Lives of Porcelain Photo as Commemorative Portrait in the 20th Century Chinese Context’ in Etudes Chinoises, Paris, France: Association Francaise E’etudes Chinoises.
Forthcoming, Anna Grasskamp, Lee Wing Ki and Wong Suk Mei Irene, ‘Euro-American Artefacts as Asian Heritage: Lantern Slides of the China Inland Mission at Hong Kong Baptist University Library’ in Frank Kessler and Sarah Dellmann (eds.) A Million Pictures: Magic Lantern Slides in the History of Learning (Kintop Studies in Early Cinema), London, UK: John Libbey & Company.
2018, ‘Derivative Works in Hong Kong: Three perspectives’ in Pedram Dibazar and Judith Naeff (edss) Visualizing the Street: New Practices of Documenting, Navigating and Imagining the City. The Netherlands: Amsterdam University Press, Netherlands, 29-55.
2016 ‘Review of Lee Fook Chee’s Hong Kong: Photographs from the 1950s’ in Trans Asia Photography Review, Vol. 7:1, published by Hampshire College in collaboration with Michigan Publishing, USA
2016 ‘Cyber Terrorism in Name of Cyber Activism: Discomfort in looking at some derivative works in recent Hong Kong’, edited by Olli Tapio Leino, ISEA 2016: Proceedings of the 22nd International Symposium on Electronic Art, School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong.
2015 ‘Xi Jinping at the “Occupy” Sites: Derivative Works and Participatory Propaganda from Hong Kong’s Umbrella Movement (2014)’ in Trans Asia Photography Review, Vol. 6:1, edited by Gu Yi and Claire Roberts, published by Hampshire College in collaboration with Michigan Publishing, USA
2015 ‘Photographic Negative of Anonymity: Performativity, Betrayal, Materialism, Datafied Research’ in Datafied Research, edited by Christian Ulrik Andersen & Geoff Cox, published by Digital Aesthetics Research Center, Aarhus University in collaboration with transmediale Festival and School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong
2014 50 Years of Photo Pictorial: A Visual Anthology, Hong Kong: Photo Pictorial Limited.
2012 ‘Portraits of Hong Kong in Documentary Photography’, in Beyond the Portrait, Hong Kong: Hong Kong Heritage Museum.
2018 Faculty/ School Performance Award for Young Researcher, HKBU
2018 Pure Art Foundation Grant Programme, Hong Kong
2017 Artist-in-residence, Umea Academy of Fine Arts, Umea University, Sweden.
2017 WMA FORMAT Festival Residency, Derby, UK
2017 Finalist, WYNG Masters Award 2016 – 17, Hong Kong
2014 Residency, Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA), Beijing, China
2011 Asia Art Archive Research Grant
2010 Finalist, Deutsche Bank Pyramid Awards in Photography, University of the Arts London, UK
2008 British Chevening Scholarship