Kristina graduated from the Royal College of Art London (MA Printmaking), trained in, lithography, etching, screen print, and digital media manipulation.
She has exhibited in The Exposure Award at the Musée du Louvre, Mall Galleries, Lyon and Turnbull, Project 88, Offprint TATE, TATE Modern, Museum für Moderne Kunst Bremen, Mindepartementet Museum of Art and PhotographyStockholm, and has work housed in the permanentarchives of the V&A Museum London, SIVA Institute Shanghai.
Kristina received the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant, Royal Society of Painter Printmakers (RE) Anthony Dawson Young Printmaker Award, Royal Scottish Academy (RSA) Guthrie Award, Edinburgh Printmaker's Award 2017, Villiers David Travel Award 2015, and was a finalist for the 2017 WMA Commission, Mobility, Hong Kong.
Stage Right is a collection of large scale print installations, created for the 4th Edition Hidden Door Arts Festival, at the Leith Citadel Theatre on 26th May, 2017.
The 1920s art deco theatre laid empty and abandoned until now, where it will reopen its doors to the public for the first time in three decades. The theatre’s air is cold and still, as if in wait. Its windows boarded up and sealed, decaying inward. There are footprints in the dust, fossilized and decades old, unearthed. The site is waiting, arresting breaths in time.
Then a pigeon disturbs the rafters and you are reminded of the present.
“I explore the relationship between society and entropy. The lifeline of our narratives, in a rather broadened sense. I want to understand how we
mark the world and how, it in turn marks us. The relationship between the natural world and what we build in the name of civilization, culture, and
history. The rise and decline and recurrence of it all, how monuments become ruins then relics, listed and condemned, rehabilitated, developed,
and revitalized anew.” -Kristina Chan.
Stage Right is a reflection upon the theatre’s cultural history, of printmaking, and of the city itself. It serves as an homage to the once-abandoned Leith Citadel Theatre: its resurrection from dereliction to once again take center stage, both metaphorically and literally, to today’s emerging artists.
I would like to thank the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation for their financial support in the realization of this project.