Intelligentsia Gallery is thrilled to present ‘Phantom Bodies’, an exhibition of new work by Ophelia S. Chan.
Following previous discursive explorations by integrating mix media and interactive, story-telling interfaces, the exhibition investigates the social, psychological and conceptual repercussions of repurposing mutilated bodies.
Exploring the intimate dimensions of the white cube, a series of site-specific devices invite to closely immerse in sensorial encounters that aim to reveal relationships of power, codes of aesthetic values, and the always switching roles of perception and dominance as a result of personal stigmas.
Using both original material and found footage, the exhibition questions the ethical and aesthetic imperatives of still and moving images that reclaim disassembled organs ranging from cut-off tree branches to hyper-sexualized limbs in order to reassembled them into the enigmatic domain of ‘Phantom Bodies’.
Ophelia S. Chan (b. 1985 Hong Kong, China) is a practicing artist currently based in Beijing. She has a BA in Fine Art and a MA in Theatre. Her works have been exhibited and performed in the UK, Norway and China.
Her earlier works consisted of interviews, home videos and photographs, exploring the idea of fiction in everyday life - romanticised storytelling, the performance of self, and the interpretation of truth. While she continues to explore ideas related to social participation and human interaction in her recent works, she focuses more on the issues concerning the physicality of video works: her installation works present time-based materials in a way that requires the active participation of the spectator, as opposed to the passive consumption of moving image and sound that we are used to.
She examines the border between still and moving image through emphasising the stillness of images by re-materialising them into objects, and through repetition in video-loops. She creates a sense of reinforcement in her works, and establishes a somewhat hypnotic connection with the consumer, whereby certain information could be communicated and emotions could be evoked.