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Kam Chan

Kam Chan
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Playing with words and playing with material, I create opportunity for conversation. I hope to preserve these interactions in order to help me understand the matter in and around me. Allowing for mistakes, exchanges and traces to be left behind.

Working across disciplines from printmaking to performance and materials such as clay and photography, Kam is within an ongoing battle to understand “what does it mean to belong in something?”; to expose the in-between and ‘just’ happening spaces that are often overlooked or missed. This struggle is born from being a British Born Chinese (BBC) and feeling forever in two states.

My Art is Dead comes from the idea that art (as a verb) is mourning; between being created (thus alive) and being completed (thus dead). As artists we are between remembering and forgetting. Kam wants to celebrate the mundane pauses that happen in this space and allow for conversation to happen between our thoughts, material, process and place.

Kam Chan is an artist and producer. She is the Engagement Producer for the Data + Design Lab, the Edinburgh Futures Institute; a Co-Producer for the Architecture Fringe and a VAS Council Member. She is interested in the intersections of communication, connection and consensus. As an artist, she works across various mediums such as printmaking, photography and clay. Her practice is currently engaged in a year long conceptual inquiry into contemporary ceramics with A-B Projects based in Los Angeles.
2009 - Master of Fine Art - Distinction
2008 - BA(hons) Art, Philosophy, Contemporary Practices - 1st Class Honours
Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, University of Dundee

2022 - VACMA, City of Edinburgh
2008 - William Sangster Phillips Postgraduate Award
2007 - The Cross Trust Undergraduate  Vacation Award
2007 - Carnegie Travel Scholarship Award, shortlisted artist Group

2022 - REVERB, Visual Arts Scotland
2020 - Out of Sight, Out of Mind, Summerhall, Edinburgh
2018 - A Legacy of Art and Design, University of Dundee June 2014 - ArtFest, charity fundraiser, RBS HQ
2011 - Poetry Beyond Text, Royal Scottish Academy
2011 - Altered Images, Axolotl Gallery, Edinburgh
2009 - o nought zero, Taigh Chearsabhagh, North Uist
2009 - Masters Degree Show, Francis Cooper Gallery, Dundee
2008 - The Visible and the Invisible, Lower Foyer Gallery, Dundee
2007 - Preview, Roseangle Gallery, Dundee
A Space to Conserve
  • Kam Chan
  • A Space to Conserve
  • Digital print
Shame Map
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  • Shame Map
  • Photography