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Suki Chan, Feb 19

1 – 24 February 2019 

We are excited to be collaborating with London based artist Suki Chan on her new interdisciplinary project, A Conscious Life which brings together the diverse, subjective perspectives of scientists and ordinary people, who each have their own compelling story about individual and collective awareness and the nuances of what it means to be alive in a technological age.

A Conscious Life includes a strand of research about dementia and Chan is one of a number of artists invited to work in Belong Villages - villages set up to allow those on a dementia journey to live the fullest and most social life possible.

Her residency is part Bluecoat’s embedded Where the Arts Belong project supported by the UK wide Celebrating Age, a fund established by Arts Council England and Baring Foundation specifically to support innovative approaches to engaging older people with the arts. The artist will show the outcomes of her research at Bluecoat early 2021 in a major solo exhibition.

Suki Chan is a London based artist and filmmaker. Chan uses a range of media including installation, moving image, photography and sound to explore our perception of time and Nurrachmat Widyasena place. Her immersive, mesmerising film works draw the viewer into a cinematic 'elsewhere', investigating memory, subjectivity, belief and knowledge systems. Chan’s practice is research-based and features dialogues with specific communities such as commuters, skaters, meditators, ophthalmologists and scientists. She has filmed in diverse locations and sites including contested sacred sites in the Middle East; Senate House Library in London; Hagia Sofia in Istanbul; and rammed earth roundhouses in Yunnan province associated with her Hakka heritage in China.

Chan’s work has been shown nationally and internationally including the Museum of London, David Roberts Art Foundation, London; Centre for Contemporary Chinese Art, Manchester; Liverpool Biennale; Art Basel Hong Kong, Shanghai Museum of Contemporary Art, China; Frost Science Museum, Miami, US; Hiroshima Museum of Contemporary Art, Japan; and Dr. Bhau Daji Museum, Mumbai, India. Chan’s work is included in public and private collections in the UK and USA, including the Museum of London, David Roberts Art Foundation, The Ingram Collection and The Celebrity Art Collection on The Solstice ship.

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