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Zoe Marden

MA work

As said by Roland Barthes; “The best weapon against myth is perhaps to mythify it in its turn, and to produce an artificial myth” The Lo Ting is half human, half fish, a creature, a mermaid and the alleged ancestor of the people of Hong Kong. A myth co-oped by curator Oscar Ho in 1997, the year when Hong Kong was returned to China, bringing to end 100 years of British colonial rule. This mythological creature has become a way to re-imagine a future for Hong Kong, to question the multiplicity of history and how it is narrated and created. The figure of the Mermaid appears in stories as a creature that is neither here nor there, neither human nor fish. A gender fluid figure for the queer imagination.


  • MA Degree


    School of Arts & Humanities


    MA Contemporary Art Practice, 2018

  • Zoe Marden was born and raised in Hong Kong and is now currently based in London. She works with performance, video, text, sound, sculpture and installation to create alternate worlds and speculative futures. Her work is research based and is concerned where intersectional feminism overlaps with the post colonial. Her intimate performances play with the voice, activating soundscapes of desire and vulnerability.

  • Degrees

  • MA Curating, Goldsmiths University 2014; BA History of Art, The American University of Paris, 2008