In 2016, Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art (CFCCA) celebrates its 30 year anniversary with a six month programme that welcomes back some of its past artists who have gone on to achieve international recognition. This June, CFCCA invites artist Susan pui san Lok to close the season of monthly exhibitions with work from the project.
Susan Pui San Lok’s projects have ranged across installation, moving image, sound, performance and text, evolving out of interests in notions of nostalgia and aspiration, place and migration, translation and diaspora.
Her new body of work, RoCH Fans and Legends, draws on some forty media adaptations of The Condor Trilogy, a classic Hong Kong ‘wuxia’ epic by Jin Yong, first published between 1957 and 1963. ‘Wuxia’ refers to a distinct historical genre of Chinese film and fiction that usually involves martial arts, swordplay, ‘knights errant’ and women warriors.
Susan Pui San Lok has a long-standing relationship with CFCCA, contributing artistically and critically to the organisation’s development since the mid-1990s. The artist first exhibited exhibited Retrospectre/Un-(part 6) in 1996, participated in Reassurance in 2005, and exhibited again in our current building with Golden in 2006.
“I am delighted to be returning ten years after Golden, and twenty years after my first UK solo show at CFCCA (then Chinese Arts Centre) on Edge Street. CFCCA’s necessary existence attests to the challenges and provocations presented by the conjunction of ‘contemporary’, ‘Chinese’ and ‘art’, within British and global contexts.”
The RoCH Fans & Legends preview event on Thursday 2 June forms part of CFCCA’s wider Thursday Lates programme which seeks to connect with Manchester’s other art galleries in offering a joint late opening to access new audiences.