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  • Apr 30, 2024

Where I Work: IV Chan – Ode to the Problematic Body

Portrait of IV CHAN in her Fo Tan studio in Hong Kong. All photos by Anna Lentchner for ArtAsiaPacific.

The mid-February winds feel cooler in the New Territories neighborhood of Fo Tan. The streets are wider and more barren than in Hong Kong’s central districts, and it’s evident why so many artists have established their studios here over the years. The Chinese University of Hong Kong, which boasts the city’s first postgraduate fine arts program from which IV Chan received her MFA in 2020 (and where she now lectures part-time), is a single MTR stop away on the East Rail Line. With ample utilitarian spaces offering high ceilings, natural light, and affordable square-footage, the relatively quiet, industrial-turned-residential neighborhood provides the Hong Kong artist with just enough room to construct her enormous soft sculptures. 

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