Kent Chan works as an artist, curator and filmmaker. His practice is porous in form, content and context, and revolves around how we encounter art, fiction and cinema. He holds particular interest in the tropical imaginary, past and future relationships between heat and art, and the legacies of modernity. The works and practices of others often form the locus of his projects, which have taken the form of film, text, conversations, and exhibitions.
During his residency at Gasworks, Chan will develop a project that pushes real-world observations of climate change towards the fictional scenario of a future global tropic. Speculating upon the makeup of societies after the loss of climate variation, London as the former centre of empire will be explored through engagements with its diverse communities of tropical provenance. London’s museum collections will also inform the work, in imagining a world in which systems of value judgement are flipped in favour of artworks of colonial tropical origins, and museums of the future act as repositories for a lost temperate climates.
Kent Chan lives and works in Amsterdam and Singapore. Recent solo and two-person exhibitions include, Heat Waves, Warm Front, Kunstinstituut Melly, Rotterdam; Love songs for the savages, de Appel, Amsterdam (both 2021), Hot House: Five Stories On Heat, Bonnefanten Museum, Maastricht (2020); and tropics, a many (con)sequence, National University Singapore Museum (2019). Recent group exhibitions include; One song is very much like another, and the boat is always from afar, Times Museum, Guangdong; The State of Things, Bienalsur, Argentina (both 2021); and Say It Loud, Bonnefanten Museum, Maastricht (2020).
Kent Chan's residency is supported by The Institutum.