Eric Fong - Seeing Beyond

How do visually impaired people experience visual art? This is the question explored in a new video work by artist and former doctor Eric Fong. Collaborating with Henshaws Society for Blind People, Fong visited a contemporary art exhibition with a group of visually impaired art enthusiasts. Using footage of the visit filmed from various perspectives, the new video work explores their perceptual experience when visiting an art exhibition and will premiere as part of Fong's first major exhibition Seeing Beyond.

Eric Fong is a London-based visual artist working in video and photography. His art practice is informed by his former profession as a medical doctor. His work sensitively explores individual experiences of health and the body as well as examining different medical approaches and wider social attitudes. Fong works closely with people of diverse ages, abilities and cultural backgrounds, adopting a sympathetic yet objective perspective. From these encounters Fong creates video and photography works that seek to open up a dialogue about the way we perceive and treat issues related to the body, medicine and disability.

For Seeing Beyond, Fong is presenting two bodies of work. As well as the new video work developed with Henshaws will be a series developed during a British Council Artist Links residency in Shanghai. Shanghai Remedies presents a video of local people’s exercise habits and intimate photographic portraits of individuals and their personal medicine collections. In this era of globalisation and rapid change in China, attitudes there towards traditional Chinese medicine and western health practices are shifting. Advertisements for western medicines and treatments have become more prevalent and traditional treatments are starting to be treated with less trust. This said, many older people still maintain traditional practices by gathering in the park to do early morning synchronised tai chi exercises. By examining exercise routines and home collections of different generations, the works in this series present a fascinating insight into the changing attitudes towards health in China today.

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Eric Fong is an artist and former medical doctor based in London. He was born in Hong Kong and educated in Canada and the UK, where he received an MA in Fine Art from Goldsmiths College, University of London in 2001. His work has been exhibited across the UK and internationally, including EAST International 2004, Norwich; Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography, Toronto and Ludwig Museum of Contemporary Art, Budapest. He has completed residencies organised by British Council and Chinese Arts Centre and was a prize recipient at Creekside Openx2, London. One of his works, Harry (2003), a film that shows the undiminished flair for performance of a feisty 81-year-old former boxer who had dementia, is in the Arts Council England Collection.

Image: Eric Fong, Shanghai Remedies: Portraits, Mr Hu, 2006.
Eric Fong - Seeing Beyond


Event Title: Eric Fong - Seeing Beyond
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