Paul Chan was born in Hong Kong. He trained at the Art Institute of Chicago and Bard College, and currently lives and works in New York. Since the beginning of his career, Chan has combined his artistic practice with political activism and writing. Combining knowledge of history and philosophy with reflections on current affairs and society, Chan makes works in diverse media, ranging from installation to performance, film and animation. With his publishing house, Badlands Unlimited, founded in 2010, he publishes books in various formats, from e-books to fanzine and books carved from stone. His ‘non-projections’, on the other hand, are installations consisting of switched-on projectors with other added components. In them, the viewer is invited to look directly into the lens of the device to see the images. This is the artist’s way of addressing what he calls ‘screen fatigue’, which has led him to no longer be able to bear images disseminated on screens.
In 2014 he was awarded the Hugo Boss prize. Recent exhibitions dedicated to his work include those at Deste Foundation Project Space, Greece (2015), Slought Foundation, Philadelphia (2015), Guggenheim Museum, New York (2015). His work was included in the exhibition ‘Voice of Images’ (2012-13) at Palazzo Grassi.