Profile

Holly Lee (Hong Kong/Canada) worked as a professional photographer for nearly two decades before relocating to Toronto in 1997. She was awarded an Asian Cultural Council fellowship in 1994 and was the recipient of the Grand Award and two Gold Awards from the Hong Kong Institute of Professional Photographers (1995) and Best of Multimedia in the Pan Pacific Digital Artistry Competition (1996). From 1992 to 1999 she was one of the founders and editors of DISLOCATION magazine, a Hong Kong-based monthly journal on contemporary photography. After moving to Canada in 1997 she helped to set up LEE KA-SING gallery in 2000. From 2006 to 2018 she was involved in INDEXG, coordinating the gallery’s exhibition programs. Her first poetry book Nine Years was publishing as a POD by OCEAN POUNDS in 2020.

 

Solo Exhibitions

2018
Both Sides Now (Gallery 50, Toronto)

2015
PictureWords (INDEXG, Toronto)

2013
Claw Script (INDEXG, Toronto)

1989
Footsteps of June (La Cadre Gallery, Hong Kong)

1985
Si-ling and Owltoise series (Photo Centre Gallery, Hong Kong)

 

Group Exhibitions

2015
TEN, Photo-based work by 10 Artists (INDEXG, Toronto) 
Duos/Trios - Selection of Photo Works from 1989 to 1997 (INDEXG, Toronto)

2014
50.2014 (Gallery 50, Toronto)
The Hollian Thesarurs series (VUW Confucius Institute, New Zealand)

2013
Shan Hai Jing Dialogue (INDEXG, Toronto) [with Fiona smyth, Erik Jerezano]
Claw Script (Paramount Cinema, Wellington, New Zealand)

2012
to see : to be seen (Hong Kong Arts Centre)
Hong Kong Photography series: Beyond the Portrait (The Hong Kong Heritage Museum)

2011
What’s Next 30x30  (The OCT Art & Design Gallery, China)
YYZ Dialogues: Seven Toronto Artists in response to the poems of Leung Ping Kwan (INDEXG, Toronto)

2009
Hong Kong: Tales of a City - Part 1 (INDEXG, Toronto)

2002
Docu Lomo (Gallery TPW, Toronto)

2000
Art +01: A Digital Exploration (Hong Kong Heritage Museum)
Three works (Vitrines, Gallery 44, Toronto)

1999
3rd Annal York Region Juried Exhibition (Varley Art Gallery, Unionville)

1998
On Hong Kong (Hong Kong City Hall) [organized by NuNaHeDuo Organization of Contemporary Photography]
New Voices - Contemporary Art from Hong Kong, Taipei and Shanghai (Pao Galleries, Hong Kong Arts Centre and Zhung Zheng Gallery, National Taiwan Arts Education Institute)

1997
Hong Kong Arts Festival (Berlin)
A Hong Kong Portfolio (Hong Kong Convention Centre and Fringe Gallery Hong Kong) [Asia Society]
Alternative Photography (Shen Yang Luzun Art Academy, China)
Hong Kong - Four Perspective (Chinese Cultural Centre, Vancouver)
Perspectives - Ten Hong Kong Contemporary Photographers (Space Untitled Gallery, New York)
Renga, a global art collaboration through the Internet [Organized by Japan Telecom]

1996
Restricted Exposure (Hong Kong City Hall) [Organized by Festival of Fringe]
VisionQuest (Beijing) [organized by Interart, Japan]
New Images from Hong Kong (Tower Gallery, Yokohama, Japan)
2+3+4 Dimension Digital Art Exhibition (Hong Kong Art Centre)
40 OP Editions Prints (Fringe Gallery)

1995
City Colours (City University of Hong Kong)
NeXtstop, a four-person exhibition on digital imaging (Agfa Gallery, Goethe Institut Hong Kong)
These 2 Years (Hong Kong Arts Centre) [organized by Hong Kong Digital Artists Association]
Polaroid Experience of Visual Art (Pacific Place, Hong Kong)
40 OP Editions Prints (Fringe Gallery Hong Kong)

1994
Contemporary Photography from Mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan (Hong Kong Arts Centre)
Aktuell, New Works by 20 Photographers from Hong Kong (Agfa Gallery)

1993
Dislocation Original Works (Visage Too)

1992
HKDDA Show 92 (Hong Kong Bank)

1991
Four-person photo exhibition Pin-Pun (Fringe Club, HK Chinese University, Hong Kong Polytechnic University)
Dung Huang (Hong Kong Institute for Promotion of Chinese Culture Gallery)

1987
Analogy (Communication School) [Four women artists, Fringe Festival]
HKDA Show 1990 (Hong Kong Bank)

1986
Asian Photography (Malaysia)
Cardworks, original post-card works by Lee Ka-sing and Holly Lee (Photo Centre Gallery)
Out of Context (15 Kennedy Road, Hong Kong)

1984
Hong Kong Council of Women Art Exhibition

1983
Self-portrait by Artists, (Fringe Festival)

1982
My Image of Hong Kong, poster invitational (Hong Kong Arts Centre)

1981
Cameraworks, Holly & Wingo, a two-person photo exhibition (Hong Kong Arts Centre)
Women of The World (World Wide Centre)

1979
The Artist’s Proofs (Hong Kong Arts Centre) [Graphic Art Association]

1977
Contemporary Hong Kong Art Biennial Exhibition (Hong Kong Museum of Art)

1976
New Wood-block Prints (Art Promotion Gallery)

1975
Contemporary Hong Kong Art Biennial Exhibition (Hong Kong Museum of Art)

 

Awards

1996
Best in Multimedia - Pan Pacific Digital Artistry Competition

1995
HKIPP Awards - Kodak Grand Award, Gold Award in Digital Imagining

1994
Asian Cultural council Fellowship

1993
HKIPP Photography Award

1992
Photography Award, Hong Kong Designers Association

1990
Photography Award, Hong Kong Designers Association

 

Public Collections

Agfa-Gavaert (HK) Ltd.
Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, Washington DC
Hong Kong Heritage Museum
M+ Museum

Seminars

1996
Hong Kong Looks at Itself: A Photo Retrospective of the 1960s - 1990s Asia Society Asian Photography - Singapore

1995
Digital Imagining - Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

 

Publications

Nine Years (Ocean & Pounds, 2020)

 

Bibliography