Suki Chan @ Tintype Gallery

Essex Road
Preview 17th Dec, 5.30pm – 8.30pm

Obscura is one of eight new commissioned films exploring different aspects and perspectives of the street.

The large window at Tintype gallery became an interface for the inside and outside, as the space was transformed into a camera obscura. An inverted image of the street flooded the interior space, projecting onto the walls, ceiling and floor.

Filmed from sunrise to sunset using timelapse, Obscura is a juxtaposition of the internal space of the gallery with the external environment of the street.

The films will be screened from the large glass window of Tintype

Exhibition continues until 17th January 2015.


Suki Chan – Obscura

Obscura – 2014
Single-screen, High Definition Video, 6 mins 18 secs

Suki Chan (born 1977 in Hong Kong) is an artist whose work uses light, moving image and sound to explore our physical and psychological experience of time and space. She is drawn to light as a physical phenomenon, and the role it plays in our constantly shifting daily experience of our environment, be it urban or rural. Chan’s pieces vary from Photography, film installation to mixed-media sculptures.

Chan’s work is included in public and private collections around the world, including the Museum of London, David Roberts Art Foundation, The Ingram Collection and The Celebrity Art Collection on The Solstice cruise ship. She has been commissioned by various organisations to produce work for both galleries and public spaces; these include Film and Video Umbrella, The Chinese Arts Centre, The Young Foundation, Art on the Underground and Aspex Gallery.

In 2008, she was nominated for the Northern Art Prize and in 2010, she was shortlisted for the Renaissance Art Prize. In 2009, Chan was one of the 6 young British artists featured in the BBC’s series School of Saatchi. On the show, Chan elicited rare praise from artist Tracey Emin who said that her work was better than some established artists. “The film’s flipping brilliant,” she said. “There’s a few artists’ names come to mind when I saw it but this knocks spots off them.” Chan’s work also received a positive review in The Guardian newspaper from the art critic Robert Clark who wrote “Suki Chan’s art makes us wonder in more ways than one. It enables us to treasure the wonder of the world through daring to suggest the dreadful cost of the loss of such wonderful phenomena.”

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