Heat Waves comprises twin montages of historical and contemporary imagery and videos (filmed and found). Together they examine the contexts, politics, and proliferation of the many aesthetics of heat. Aesthetics that stem from regions of the tropics, where their solar proximity bestows heat in abundance. Aesthetics that are oft-generalised - charged with vibrancy, vitality, and visual complexity - that are increasingly mined at a time when the earth is simultaneously warming.
Kent Chan is a Singaporean artist, curator and filmmaker based in Amsterdam and Singapore. His practice revolves around our encounters with art, fiction and cinema. He holds particular interest in the tropical imagination and the past and future relationships between heat and art. He is a former resident of Jan van Eyck Academie and NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore. His works has been shown internationally at Kunstinstituut Melly, de Appel, EYE Film Museum and Times Museum, amongst others.