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CH - BMW Art Journey winner Leelee Chan

Verantwortlicher Autor: Reto Turotti Basel, 14.09.2020, 10:35 Uhr
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Basel [ENA] BMW Art Journey winner Leelee Chan, represented by Capsule Shanghai gallery, begins her journey across Europe in September 2020 to explore the possibilities of ancient and future materials, while bringing herself into dialogues with craftspeople, innovators and scientists. Leelee Chan is the ninth recipient of the BMW Art Journey, a collaboration between Art Basel and BMW since 2015, created to recognize and support

emerging artists worldwide. From the beginning of September until the end of October 2020, Leelee Chan’s BMW ArtJourney ‘Tokens From Time’ will take her to Italy, Switzerland, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain and Great Britain to trace material culture from the past, present and future. Therefore, the artist will take part in artisan workshops, learning more about thepractice of ancient craftsmanship techniques using copper and marble and will visit several UNESCO World Heritage Sites including some of the oldest and largest Christian and Roman mosaics. Along her journey, Leelee Chan will engage in dialogues with scientists and experts to understand how natural materials may be substituted by synthetic materials in the future.

Investigating ancient materials and their future substitutes from the emerging fields of nanotechnology and biotechnology, Leelee Chan’s BMW Art Journey project describes the evolving relationship between people and materials and touches on contemporary debates surrounding ecological and cultural sustainability. Spanning from the hand-crafted to the industrial to the post-industrial, the artist's investigation of materials ultimately asks the question, ‘What does it mean to be a sculptor today?’ Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Leelee Chan adjusted her original travel plans and starts her BMW Art Journey in Europe. Other destinations, such as Japan and Mexico, have been postponed and the further course of her journey is depending on the

developments of the pandemic. Leelee Chan’s travels in Europe will be carefully monitored and adjusted according to the latest guidelines and regulations. ‘This is only my second day in Italy and I am already amazed by my chance encounters and conservations with various craftspeople that hand make brass picture frames, marble paper, and domestic pottery in the corners of their small workshops. Living under the COVID-19 restrictions in Hong Kong, people have become so used to not touching anything outside their homes. I believe living like this for many months has made me hypersensitive to my new surroundings - watching the hand movements of the craftspeople, feeling their worn tools and materials in my hands, I am ready to soak it all in,’

says Leelee Chan. Leelee Chan was selected as ninth BMW Art Journey winner from a shortlist of three artists, represented by galleries originally accepted into this year’s Art Basel show in Hong Kong, during an online process. The international jury of experts included Claire Hsu, Executive Director, Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong; Matthias Mühling, Director, Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus und Kunstbau, Munich; Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, President, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin; Philip Tinari, Director, UCCA Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing; and Samson Young, artist and winner of the first BMW Art Journey. Art Basel and BMW will collaborate with the artist to document the journey and share it with a broader public

through print publications, online and social media. The next BMW Art Journey shortlist of three artists will be announced in March 2021 during Art Basel in Hong Kong. About Leelee Chan Leelee Chan (b. 1984) lives and works in Hong Kong. She received her MFA in painting from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in 2009 and her BFA from the School of Art Institute of Chicago in 2006. Chan’s sculptures reflect her experience with the extreme urbanization in Hong Kong and are almost always comprised of dumpster detritus household ephemera, and mundane objects from her daily life not generally considered memorable or worth preserving.

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