Artist Will Kwan joins moderator Yan Wu, Public Art Curator for the City of Markham, for an in-depth conversation following an online presentation of Kwan’s three-channel video If All You Have is a Hammer, Everything Looks Like a Nail.
Will Kwan is a Hong Kong-born Canadian artist whose work examines how hegemony is produced through economic systems and cultural narratives. His work is in the permanent collections of M+, Folkestone Artworks, and Hart House and has been presented at MoMA PS1, ZKM, CAC Vilnius, MAC VAL, the AGO, and in biennials/triennials in Liverpool, Folkestone, Montréal, and Venice. Kwan is an Associate Professor in Studio Art and Visual Studies at the U of T Scarborough and the Daniels Faculty of Architecture, U of T St. George.
Born and raised in Shanghai, Yan Wu moved to Canada in 2001. Currently she is the Public Art Curator for the City of Markham. In 2016, Yan was the Curator-in-Residence at the Art Museum at the University of Toronto, and in 2015 she was Assistant Curator for the inaugural Shanghai Urban Space Art Season. She co-translated Rosalind Krauss’s Passages in Modern Sculpture, Lucy Lippard’s Six Years, Dan Graham’s Rock My Religion, and Formless, by Yves-Alain Bois and Rosalind Krauss, into Chinese.