Interviews | June 2, 2023 |

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Image courtesy of Chun Sun

Interview: Chun Sun
Luca Curci talks with Chun Sun during Mixing Identities, second appointment of CANVAS CONTEMPORARY ART FAIR, at Palazzo Albrizzi-Capello, and during SUPERNATURAL at THE LINE London.

Chun Sun is a multi-disciplinary artist from China. Her work incorporates various media such as painting, digital art, installation and film. Recent projects include collaborations and exhibitions with; The Power Station of Art (PSA), Shanghai Himalayas Museum, Aranya Theatre Festival and CHAO Art Center.

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Image courtesy of Chun Sun

Luca Curci – What’s your background? What is the experience that has influenced your work the most?
Chun Sun – I am studying experimental communication at the Royal College of Art and will finish my MA this year. It is hard to say that one experience has influenced my work the most. If I had to pick one, it would be COVID-19, I was locked up in my apartment in Shanghai for about 3 or 4 months. During that time, I changed my living habits and needs, for example, to started cooking. For my creation, I also explore non-physical materials, such as digital art.

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LC – Which subject are you working on?
CS – My recent research has focused on posthumanism, and I’ve always been interested in science fiction. It looks like I’m telling stories about the future, but I’m actually telling stories about the present and human nature.

LC – Is there an unrealised or unrealisable project, even a crazy one, that you would like to work on?
CS –
That’s a good question. I want to make an experimental science fiction film about my project New World Organ. I am a future Chinese biologist and expert in traditional Chinese medicine, inventing new organs that combine the energies of Taoism… However, due to various reasons such as funding and team, it is not possible to achieve.

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LC – Did your style change over the years? In which way?
CS – My style hasn’t changed much, but the materials keep changing. In addition to painting, I have tried video, installation and artificial intelligence, etc. At present, I don’t want to repeat myself, I am constantly exploring.

LC – How do you feel when you see your work completed?
CS –
When my project is finished and I look at it, I feel unfamiliar. I think that the finished work is an individual who will grow and generate energy on their own.

LC – What is the message linked to the artwork you have shown in this event? How is it connected to the theme of the entire exhibition?
CS – My experimental film is #7. In 2080, the world is facing a severe ageing problem. Stem cell technology can give the elderly and LGBTQ the possibility to have the next generation, and reproduction has become the responsibility and right of all mankind, not just women. Most voices broke the boundary of ethics, and the global human reproduction plan began to be implemented. Scientists say that 90% of human genetic material comes from the microbiota. Therefore, 65% of celibate participants under the age of 50 chose to give birth to the next generation in person, which means that male participants need to implant the uterus cultivated by stem cells and their own fertilised eggs in the early stage. Using stem cell technology to empower not only older women but also men and sexual minorities to have children. Rights and responsibilities are reciprocal, which is a change of identity, MIXING IDENTITIES.

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LC – Do you agree with our vision of art and what do you think about the theme of the exhibition?
CS – I really like the theme of your exhibition. The concept of MIXING IDENTITIES is based on the reconstruction of new identities: their transformation is essential to cope with the changes in the contemporary world. It fits in with what I’m trying to say.

LC – Did you enjoy cooperating with us?
CS- I am so enjoying cooperating with you. You are a professional art team.

LC – What do you think about the organization of our event?
CS – Your team has always helped and supported me, thanks to Amaride, Annachiara, Luca, Bri and Max.

LC – Do you think ITSLIQUID GROUP can represent an opportunity for artists?
CS – I think so. I recently received an offer from a digital gallery in Italy.

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