Image: Jes Fan, Photograph: Han Minu

Monday 16 March 2020, 6 – 7.15 pm

Pricing: Free entry

Location: Allan Scott Auditorium, Hawke Building, 55 North Terrace, Adelaide

Presenter: Jes Fan

We advise that Jes Fan’s Perspectives lecture at 6 pm tonight has been cancelled in light of the current climate. The Perspectives program is presented by the University of South Australia’s Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre,  Guildhouse and ACE Open.  The Hawke Centre has made the decision to postpone all public events for the coming months in keeping with the latest advice from the Australian Government and Australia’s Chief Medical Officers. 

The safety of our attendees, speakers and staff is our chief priority, and we appreciate your understanding and patience in this challenging time. 

If you registered any friend or guests for this event, please update them accordingly.

We hope to be able to provide a videocast of Jes’ lecture in the near future and we will be sure to let you know if this comes to fruition.

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


The first talk of the program will be led by New York-based artist Jes Fan, with his lecture titled 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 will discuss 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.

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