Gwenessa Lam is a visual artist and educator. Her current work draws from historical objects and domestic spaces as contested sites of collective memory. Lam is interested in understanding the psychological and social implications when artifacts are lost to disaster, censorship, or misidentification.
Lam received her BFA from the University of British Columbia and MFA from New York University. She has taught at New York University, the University of British Columbia, and the Alberta University of the Arts. Lam has attended residencies at Skowhegan, MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, and the Banff Centre. Her work has been exhibited at the Bronx Museum of Art and the Queens Museum of Art in New York. Lam lives and works in Vancouver, BC and is currently Associate Professor at Emily Carr University of Art and Design.