Paul Chan’s artistic practice takes many forms: video, drawing, collage, installation and collaborative site-specific projects. Engaging such fundamental topics as war, religion, philosophy, and desire, these works include the recent large-scale production of Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot in two neighborhoods of New Orleans, and the ambitious The 7 Lights, a series of large-scale digital projections and drawings that compose an hallucinated version of the seven days of creation. The last work from this series is currently on view in The Quick and the Dead.
In 2002, Chan was a part of the American aid group Voices in the Wilderness that broke U.S. sanctions and federal law by working in Baghdad before the U.S. invasion and occupation. In
2004 he garnered police attention for The People’s Guide to the Republican National Convention, a free map distributed throughout New York to help protesters to get in or out of the way of the RNC.
Join Chan for a talk on his work, and a conversation about art and whatever else comes to mind.
Chan’s video essay set in Baghdad is screening in the Lecture Room.