Hair Cuts
CANADA, U.S.A. / 1999 / No dialogue / Color / Video / 8 min

Director, Photography, Producer: Ho Tam
Source: Video Pool Inc.
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Ho Tam

Born in Hong Kong and educated in Toronto, Canada. Worked in advertising firms and community psychiatric facilities before turning to art. He works in a diverse mix of disciplines including painting, video, print and public art and has exhibited in various cities across North America. His first video, The Yellow Pages, was commissioned by the public arts group Public Access for an installation/ projection at Union Station in Toronto in 1994-95. Tam currently lives in New York City and is a graduate of Whitney Museum Independent Studies Program and a recent artist-in-residence at Charles Street Video, Toronto. He is working on his new tape, Matinee Idol.

Compiled with images of storefronts of beauty parlor and barber shops from Chinatown and the Lowest East Side in New York City, the video takes the viewers into the almost mystical hair culture of a local community. Accompanied by a soundtrack of "Heart Sutra" chanting from a Buddhist monastery, Hair Cuts explores the interior of human hearts through the architectural mapping of exterior sites seen.
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