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WHERE I WORK

Firenze Lai

PHOTOGRAPHS AND TEXT BY YSABELLE CHEUNG

How can a painting convey a touch, an embrace, a gesture?

Firenze Lai in her studio in Kwai Chung, Hong Kong.

An appointment with Firenze Lai at her studio in the New Territories of Hong Kong began with “petite musique de chambre.” Translated as a “little chamber music,” the term was used by postminimalist composer Wim Mertens to define his 1983 EP Struggle for Pleasure, the lugubrious piano lines of which ran softly from Lai’s MacBook the day we met. Dimly…

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