Memory Palace features a series of moving images exploring memories attached to the personal objects of ethnic Chinese people in Manchester. 

The objects featured in Memory Place tell extremely personal stories that reflect the complexity of living between two worlds and navigating multiple identities, not only as an ethnic Chinese person living in the UK, but also as an LGBTQ individual, senior citizen, adoptee, artist, Eurasian, or first-generation immigrant. The work challenges conventional understandings of the Chinese community, questioning what it means to be an ethnic Chinese individual in Manchester and highlighting the great spectrum of identities beyond nationality.  

Memory Palace was created by Hong Kong artist Dorothy Cheung in 2020 as part of an artist’s residency at the Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art, Manchester, with the support of British Council Hong Kong and Phillips Auctioneers. Originally conceived as a series of stand-alone stories, an edited version combining selected clips was premiered and shown at SPARK.

Memory Palace is made available for on-demanding streaming during 18-21 March 2021 for the occasion of International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

More information on the work of Dorothy Cheung can be found on Dorothy’s website

Type of event: short film 

Platform: On-demand stream via Vimeo 

Age advice: Ages 12 and above 

Accessible features: English and Traditional Chinese subtitles