Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival
Tong Lam, Berlin U-Bahn, 2014
Tong Lam, Berlin U-Bahn
Tong Lam, Relics of an NSA listening station in former West Berlin, 2015
Tong Lam, Relics of an NSA listening station in former West Berlin
2016 Open Exhibition

Tong Lam
Unseen, To Be Seen

April 9–June 18, 2016
Goethe-Institut
100 University Ave N Tower, 2nd Floor

This project juxtaposes four new images of spectacle and surveillance from seemingly unrelated contexts to explore questions of information and state power. These images visualize an information society: from the hidden anti-Soviet surveillance infrastructures of the Cold War in Berlin and Beijing; to near-identical subway cars with awe-inspiring photographs of the “dear leaders” in Pyongyang; to a Microsoft commercial announcing the availability of new security updates in Berlin.

Lam is a visual artist and historian. He uses photographic and cinematographic techniques to create visual narratives of urban transformation, social displacement, dispossession, ruins, and ruination. Lam has exhibited internationally, most recently at the Museum of Asian Art Berlin. He is a fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin.

Artist talk during the opening reception, 6pm.

Curated by Jutta Brendemühl

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