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AiR: Lucie Chan: How to be 57

Artist in Residence: Lucie Chan

Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery
Until 30 March, 2018

Opening Reception for How to be 57
Friday 23 March, 7:00 pm
Exhibition on view from 23 March – 30 June, 2018

The Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery is honoured to host Lucie Chan as Artist in Residence for the month of March in preparation for her upcoming solo exhibition, How to be 57, which will be on view at KWAG from 23 March to 30 June, 2018. Her drawing-based installation and animation practice focuses on such themes as cultural confusion, the transient nature of human connections, and shape-shifting identity. In Chan’s practice, she often works one-on-one with members of the public to create a diverse range of works inspired by their stories.

How to be 57 draws its title from this act of learning through the lives of others, in particular two 57-year old women who have radically different experiences with police in their respective homes. 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. A nod to both age and anonymity, How to be 57 might be understood as a hypothetical guide to experiencing a precise moment of transformation in a stranger’s life, a reminder that living is an act of perpetual reinscription.

During her stay in Kitchener, Chan will develop a new site-responsive installation in our Eastman Gallery and hold open studio hours for Interactions with Strangers. Members of the public are invited to contribute to an inventory of personal histories and myriad definitions of community that will inform a new body of work. This work will be included in the publication of a special artist’s booklet that will be available at KWAG in 2019.

For more information about opportunities to engage with Lucie Chan during her Open Studio Hours, please visit our website.

Related Public Programming and opportunities to meet Lucie

Lucie Chan Artist Talk on Wednesday 7 March, 7 pm

Collaborative Drawing and Experimental Mark-making Workshop on Sunday 18 March, 1:30 – 4:00 pm Opening

Reception for How To Be 57 on Friday 23 March, 7 pm

Draw-A-Thon on Sunday 25 March, 1-5 pm

Earlier Event: March 23
Art District Gallery Reception
Later Event: March 27
Meet Up for the Visual Arts