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 has developed 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.
Working with various DJs from the London scene, Chan’s project will explore notions of 'mixing' - both sonically and culturally within a fictional future London that has turned tropical.
Kent Chan lives and works in Amsterdam and Singapore. Recent solo and two-person exhibitions include, Warm Fronts, 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; Weather Engines, Onassis Stegi, 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.