Eric Fong: Seeing Beyond
23 January – 5 April 2009
Eric Fong is a London-based visual artist and former medical doctor. He was born in Hong Kong and received his university education in Canada and then the UK, where he completed an MA in Fine Art at Goldsmiths College, University of London.
His work sensitively explores individual experiences of health and the body as well as examining different medical approaches and wider social attitudes.
Eric works closely with people of diverse ages, abilities and cultural backgrounds, adopting a sympathetic yet objective perspective.
From these encounters Fong creates video and photography works that seek to open up a dialogue about the way we perceive and treat issues related to the body, medicine and disability.
For Seeing Beyond, Fong is presenting two bodies of work. 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, is a new commission especially for this exhibition. Fong is working with a group of blind and visually impaired people to create a video that explores their perceptual experience in visiting an art exhibition.