Kent Chan is an artist, curator and filmmaker based in Netherlands and Singapore. His practice revolves around our encounters with art, fiction and cinema that form a triumvirate of practices porous in form, content and context. He holds particular interest in the tropical imagination, the past and future relationships between heat and art, and contestations to the legacies of modernity as the epistemology par excellence. The works and practices of others often form the locus of his works, which have taken the form of film, text, conversations and exhibitions.
He has held solo and two-person presentations at Kunstinstituut Melly, Bonnefanten Museum, National University Singapore Museum, de Appel Amsterdam and SCCA-Ljubljana, Centre for Contemporary Arts, Slovenia. His works and films has been exhibited in venues and festivals including International Film Festival Rotterdam, Times Museum (China), EYE Film Museum, Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam, Bienalsur (Argentina), Institute of Contemporary Arts, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Busan Biennale and Drodesera Festival of Performing. He is the 2021 winner of the Foundwork Artist Prize and his works are collected in the Rijkscollectie, Netherlands and Bonnefanten Museum.
Stateless Mind #4
Five Stories on Heat
performance with video (Duration: 32 mins)
Five Stories On Heat is a storytelling performance by Kent Chan that ruminates upon art's shared histories and futures with heat. Traversing the storied narratives of art-making during the Vietnam War, Malayan and Hopi myths, potential film plotlines and the first exhibition of Singaporean art in Europe. The performance spans different geographies, terrains and eras - historical, prior and the yet-to-be.