susan pui san lok

susan pui san loksusan pui san lok has developed Centenary, a 34 mins spoken word piece as part of a cycle of works reflecting on diasporic histories, lives, and afterlives, cultural and ancestral ties, and the haunting of council homes. Decentering dominant narratives of whiteness to weave semi-fictive memories into a several hundred-year history of Chinese migration. Centenary dwells on Hong Kong and touches on the artist’s experience growing up in a post-war council house on the Essex/London border.

The earlier Altar Notes (2012) was a micro-play exploring the idea of ‘return’, commissioned and staged in Hong Kong as part of a programme of writing and performance from Hong Kong, Beijing and London, marking the 15th anniversary of the Hong Kong Handover. The upcoming Ghosts will circle back to the idea of ‘return’. Future iterations of Centenary as a multichannel sound and performance installation are currently in development. The artist’s long-term ambition is to stage all three works together.

The first iteration of Centenary premieres as a radio broadcast and live stream on 1 st July 2022 on Resonance to coincide with the 25th anniversary of the Hong Kong Handover. The broadcast of Centenary will be followed by the artist’s REWIND/REPLAY, an ongoing work that playfully rewrites archival ephemera  (two found mixtapes) to activate potential meanings and imaginary encounters.

Listen to Centenary here.


susan pui san lok is an artist and writer based in London.

Projects range across immersive installation, moving image, sound, performance and text, evolving out of interests in archives, memory, nostalgia, amnesia, diaspora, displacement, migration and translation. Her multifaceted practice is at turns wry, playful, complex and disorientating. Recent solo exhibitions and commissions include A COVEN A GROVE A STAND (Firstsite, 2019), seven x seven (Glasgow International Festival, 2021) and REWIND/REPLAY (Netwerk Aalst, 2022).

Commissioned by Create London, supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.