Banner: Kristina Chan (b.1991), Canopy, 2021, print. Image courtesy of the artist © Kristina Chan

Kristina Chan, the 2020 recipient of The Ingram Prize, explores narrative and place, evoking a felt history through printmaking, alternative photography, and sculpture. Each work tells a story, exploring our relationship with place, constructed through personal and collective experience.

Adrift is an exhibition and expansion on the themes explored by Chan’s Prize-winning work Banksia Seeds, and builds on the inspiration she has found within The Ingram Collection; specifically, in the works of Charles Ginner and William Turnbull.

“For me, it has always been a question of re-routing, in this moment between before and after. It is still and waiting, anticipatory and held. It becomes its own type of landscape, of precipice.”

This collection began in the Blue Mountains, documenting the approach of the 2019 bushfires that ravaged New South Wales, Australia, where she witnessed nature’s capacity for renewal, regrowth, and resilience in the wake of natural disasters and human impact. In the following months, upon returning to the UK, it later evolved, taking on a wider meaning, representing the strength and perseverance not only within the landscape but ourselves.

To this effect, there are two stories being told – one is physical, tangible, and geographic. Another is metaphorical – how we approach the very idea of where we are and the stands we take when we near our edge.

4 December 2021 – 2 January 2022
Free Entry • £3 Suggested Donation

This exhibition has been created with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts.