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Biro Kaji Visual George Town, a solo exhibition by Hoo Fan Chon
14 December 2019 @ 10:00 am - 7 January 2020 @ 11:30 pmFree
Biro Kaji Visual George Town (BKVGT) / Bureau of Visual Studies George Town is a solo exhibition by Hoo FanChon. As the name suggests, BKVGT is a visual observation unit that focuses on various visual culture practices in George Town. The survey pool includes the municipal’s visual aesthetic of self-representation, medicinal instant coffee packaging design, how photography was used by female impersonator performers, local Chinese folk belief, informal parking space booking system etc, sampled from places like the mamak stalls, kopitiams, vintage stores, government offices and streets of George Town. The BKVGT aims to study and understand these symbols as a form of visual communication, to make connections with local socio-historical contexts, and to reimagine alternative artistic interpretations. This on-going visual studies process will be presented in a mixed-media exhibition that features a mixture of paintings, silkscreen prints, relief wood carving work, sculpture, photography works, video work along with ancillary programmes.
The exhibition opens on the 14 December 2019 till 7 January 2020. This exhibition is co-produced by Jamie Oon Muxian, in collaboration with The Back Room KL and hosted by Narrow Marrow (George Town). Exhibition visual collaterals by Tauras Stalnionis.
Hoo Fan Chon was born in 1982, Selangor and currently resides in George Town, Penang. He is the co-founder and a member of an art collective – Run Amok Gallery. He completed his BA Photography at the London College of Communication in 2010 and has exhibited locally and internationally. He was selected as one of the participants for the Japan Foundation Asia Center Curators’ Workshop (2015-2017) and participated in No Man’s Land Residency Project – Nusantara Archive in Taiwan (2017-2018). He recently took part in Makassar Biennale (2019).