Will Kwan – Breathe Residency

Will Kwan - Breathe Residency

Will Kwan, Hong Kong born and Canada based, is an artist looking to explore the social, architectural, and visual conditions of a post-industrial and urban Manchester.

As with many former industrial capitals in Europe and North America, Will Kwan sees Manchester’s manufacturing landscape ‘hollowed out into shells for the so-called “new economy”, a corporate euphemism for a non-productive system of consumerism, spectacle, and financial speculation’.
The artist is specifically interested in The Condition of the Working Class in England in 1844, a text by Friedrich Engel. By using this text as a framework for his research, he will be developing a video and photo based project which reflects our contemporary economy in relation to an archetypal post-industrial city. Replacing Engel’s focus on immigration (Irish), mining, agriculture and perceptions of working class with a contemporary look into deregulation, immigration (Asian), commodity exchange and regeneration, Kwan’s research will include immersing himself in the local environment, meeting with its inhabitants, communities and furthermore collaborating with local students, from both art and non-art backgrounds.
Perceptions of growth and development within the capital sector will be debated, and so called new economies challenged!

Region: All
Start Date: 19/03/2013
End Date: 23/11/2013
Start Time: 10:00
Venue: Chinese Art Centre
Venue Address: Market Buildings, Thomas Street, Manchester
Website: http://http://www.chinese-arts-centre.org/whats-on/exhibitions/will-kwan
Press Tickets: Not Available
Sponsorship: Not Available
Press Tickets:
Name: Jon Astbury
Phone: 01618327271