Oxygen Art Centre in Nelson is thrilled to announce visual artist Lucie Chan as artist-in-residence for the month of August.
Chan will conduct research towards the creation of future work that explores the experiences of racialized violence. This work continues her interest in exploring race-related, immigrant experiences. The public is invited to visit Chan during her open studio sessions on August 12 and 13 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Volunteer participants are invited to engage with her in one-on-one interviews during scheduled sessions from August 15 to 19. In what Chan sees as a collaborative process, interviewees will be invited to draw, write, and make sound together. Interested participants can schedule an interview by emailing email@example.com.
The artist will carry the stories gathered during the interviews into her practice, and the manifestation of new material. Chan’s attentive listening to the stories of those she interviews forms a seminal part of her artistic practice — a practice that includes multi-layered drawings, photography, sculpture, text, audio, and video elements which she orchestrates into installations.
The residency will be followed by an exhibition of a previous body of work, How to Be 57 (2018), which includes drawings, text, and sculpture. The work is an example of a similar research and creation processes that Chan will employ during her residency.
In How to Be 57, the artist works intimately with two women who have radically opposing experiences with the police. One, a Dutch immigrant in France, finds herself interrogated in her home despite her innocence. The other, an unarmed civil servant, suffers racialized violence when her apartment is mistakenly raided. The work considers dynamics of age and otherness and can be seen as a lens into systemic violence and injustice that are pervasive for diasporic communities in Canada.
How to Be 57 will be on view at Oxygen Art Centre from Sept. 3 to October 1 on Wednesdays to Saturdays from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. Admission is free.
We ask that all visitors to the space wear a mask during Chan’s residency. Maximum capacity is limited to ten persons at a time.