1960 (was birth date of)
Eric Fong is a London-based visual artist. He was born in Hong Kong and educated in Canada and the UK, where he attained an MA in Fine Art at Goldsmiths College, University of London.
Fong’s practice essentially informed by his past experience as a medical doctor and explores issues relating to the body and identity. His work sensitively analyses individual experiences and differences in the context of health and biomedicine. Eric works closely with people of diverse ages, abilities and cultural backgrounds to explore topics of mental illness, visual impairment, biotechnology, phantom limb phenomenon and facial disfigurement. Taking on a sympathetic yet objective perspective Fong seeks to open up a dialogue about the way we perceive and treat issues related to the body, medicine and disability.
In 2004-2005, Fong took up the Breath Residency at the Chinese Arts Centre, Manchester, UK from which he presented two bodies of work in the exhibit Seeing Beyond. The first body of work, developed during a residency in Shanghai consists of a video of local people’s exercise habits and intimate photographic portraits of individuals and their personal medicine collections. The other work, Ways of seeing: Blindness and Art, a new commission produced especially for this exhibition. Fong worked with a group of blind and visually impaired people to create a video that explores their perceptual experience in visiting an art exhibition.
Fong has exhibited his work across the UK and internationally, including Ludwig Museum of Contemporary Art, Budapest; Pratt Manhattan Gallery, New York; EAST International, Norwich; London Group Open, Shape Open and Creekside Open, London; International 3 Gallery and Chinese Arts Centre, Manchester; Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography, Toronto; and numerous international short film festivals.
One of Fong’s works is held in the Arts Council England Collection. He has received exhibition prizes awarded by Victoria Miro at Creekside Open and by Yinka Shonibare MBE (Turner Prize nominee) at Shape Open, London. He is also a recipient of grants from Arts Council England, British Council and Leverhulme Trust.
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