POROUS BEINGS: LOTUS LAURIE KANG IN CONSERVATION WITH XIAOWEN ZHU
The Courtauld Institute of Art, London
'My work exists in literal and metaphoric states of becoming and unfixity, and this deconstructive strategy aims to continually build, break down and rebuild.'
Lotus Laurie Kang is known for her visceral installations made up of sensitive material, ranging from photographic paper and darkroom chemicals to cordyceps fungus, lotus roots and cabbage. In Kang’s practice, such unstable matter is left exposed to register the effects of time, light and other atmospheric changes and slowly break down over the duration of the exhibition, or cast in silicon, aluminium and bronze and held in a state of temporal suspension. Her work explores the porousness of boundaries between the human body and the world at large, including its ecological, political, social and cultural dimensions, thus inviting what Kang calls 'a deeper understanding of intimacy between all these seemingly disparate parts.’
For the third event in the Asymmetry Distinguished Lecture Series, artist Kang will introduce her most recent body of work that will be shown in her upcoming exhibition at the Chisenhale Gallery, and discuss issues of care, belonging, matter and memory in conversation with Xiaowen Zhu, Director of esea contemporary.
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Organised by Dr Wenny Teo, Senior Lecturer in Modern and Contemporary Art, The Courtauld; Michèle Ruo Yi Landolt, Deputy Director, Asymmetry Art Foundation, and Dr Feixuan Xu, Asymmetry Postdoctoral Fellow, The Courtauld.