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Presenter: Jes Fan

Jes Fan
Leakages, Puddles, Discharge, Infections and Bubbles…

Jes Fan’s trans-disciplinary practice emerges from a sustained inquiry into the concept of otherness. Primarily working in the field of expanded sculpture, Fan navigates the slippery complexities of identity as guided by the tactile and material histories of his chosen media. In Fan’s work, he incorporates materials imbued with erotic and queer signifiers, such as silicone, soap and glass, as well as biological substances such as estrogen, testosterone and melanin.

For Leakages, Puddles, Discharge, Infections and Bubbles… Jes Fan discusses his body of work developed over the past few years and, in particular, his participation in NIRIN, the 22nd Biennale of Sydney (2020).

JES FAN is a Brooklyn-based artist born in Canada and raised in Hong Kong, China. He is the recipient of various fellowships such as the Joan Mitchell Painters and Sculptors Grant, Jerome Hill Artist Fellowship, Van Lier Fellowship at Museum of Arts and Design and John A. Chironna Memorial Award at RISD.

Fan has exhibited internationally; selected exhibitions include Kiss My Genders at Hayward Gallery (London/UK), Mother is a Woman at Empty Gallery (Hong Kong), An Opera for Animals at Rockbund Museum (Shanghai/CN), In Search of Miss Ruthless, Para Site, (Hong Kong), Paradox: Haptic Body in the Age of AI at Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh/US), and Disposed to Add at Vox Populi Gallery (Philadelphia/US) Fan’s work has been featured and reviewed by Artforum, Hyperallergic, Art21, AsiaArtPacific, BOMB, Frieze, and others. In 2020, Fan will be participating in the Biennale of Sydney and the Liverpool Biennale.

Hear from some of the leading cultural minds of our time in Perspectives: shaping the world through visual culture, an initiative developed by ACE Open, Guildhouse and The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre, University of South Australia. This annual series of thought-provoking lectures invites leading artists, makers and thinkers to Adelaide to engage with the compelling ideas currently shaping our world.

Image: Jes Fan. Photograph: Han Minu.