Artist Talk

@ 7pm

Presented by the Contemporary Art Society of Vancouver.

Artist Will Kwan will speak about his practice and work.
Location: Western Front Luxe Hall, 303 East 8th Avenue, Vancouver.

Will Kwan makes art that takes a critical view on the visual and material culture of globalization and examines the sociopolitical and cultural consequences of how global is represented. Kwan is interested in the iconography and vocabulary that shapes our impressions of a synchronized, impartial, and frictionless world economy, but even more so in the omissions and contradictions that haunt our ‘global pictures.’ His research is also an idiosyncratic study of globalization as an historical experience of intercultural encounter and exchange at the level of politics, identity, and daily life.


Will Kwan, a Toronto-based media artist, was born in Hong Kong and grew up in Toronto. He received his MFA from the School of Arts at Columbia University (2004) and was a researcher in visual art at the Jan Van Eyck Academie in Maastricht, The Netherlands (2005-2007). He has shown extensively both nationally and internationally, including solo exhibitions at the Doulun Museum of Modern Art in Shanghai, The Power Plant in Toronto, as well as group exhibitions at PS1 Contemporary Art Centre in New York, and Crack the Sky, 5th Biennale de Montréal. His upcoming projects include a solo presentation at the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery in Toronto and a residency at the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin. He currently teaches at University of Toronto, Scarborough.