Michael and Chiyan Ho

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Michael Ho (b.1991, Arnhem, Netherlands) and Chiyan Ho (b.1993, Hertfordshire, UK) live in London and have worked as an artist duo since 2019. They graduated from the Architectural Association (London) in 2019 where they both currently teach.

Working across different mediums, their creative practice predominantly focuses on painting. As second generation immigrants from China, their work explores issues pertaining to the Chinese diaspora, cultural mismatch and subsequently cultural (re)discovery.

Michael and Chiyan’s work has been presented in a solo exhibition as part of Intra-action at Soft Opening, London (2021) as well as group exhibition including Radius at Wirdnachgereicht, Basel (2019); and Figuratively Speaking, an online exhibition curated by Claire Kidd for Kunstmatrix (2020). Their work has been published in AArchitecture 35, Compromise and Low theory 1 & 2, a bi-annual digital publication by curator and writer Kate Wong. They collaborated with Iranian artist Reza Aramesh on Centrefold, a weekly collective art-making event that resulted in a limited edition publication. Recent commissions include ‘Lucky House’, a short film for the ICA / BBC New Creatives program. Forthcoming exhibitions will take place at Delphian Gallery, London (2021); ICA, London (2021).

The duo will spend their residency developing a body of new work that will be presented as a solo exhibition opening in November 2021. They will be mentored by artist duo Revital Cohen and Tuur Van Balen.

Revital Cohen and Tuur Van Balen (b.1981, based in London) work across objects, installation and film to explore processes of production as cultural, personal and political practices. Recent solo shows include Palms Palms Palms at Z33 Kunstencentrum, Hasselt; Luna Eclipse, Oasis Dream at Stanley Picker Gallery, Kingston; Trapped in the Dream of the Other at Mu.Zee, Ostend; White Horse / Twin Horse at de Brakke Grond, Amsterdam; Assemble Standard Minimal at Schering Stiftung, Berlin. Selected group exhibitions include Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; The 13th Shanghai Biennale; The Renaissance Society, Chicago; Para Site, Hong Kong; Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Vienna; Fotomuseum Winterthur; Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin and Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo. Recent film screenings took place at the Serpentine Cinema, London; The Toronto Biennale 2019; Philadelphia Museum of Art and Congo International Film Festival, Goma. Critical writing and reviews include Artforum, Text Zur Kunst, Frieze, Spike, Artreview and Metropolis M, their upcoming monograph ‘Not What I Meant but Anyway’ is published by Columbia Books on Architecture and the City (2021). Their work is part of the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York and M+ Museum, Hong Kong.