Sian Fan is an interdisciplinary artist working in London, where she is currently artist in residence at the V&A Museum. She is alumni of Sarabande Foundation where she was in residence from 2020-21. A graduate of the Fine Art Masters course at Central Saint Martins, she was awarded the prestigious Mona Hatoum Scholarship and was nominated for the Nova Award. In 2014 she graduated from the University of Brighton's BA Performance and Visual Art Dance course, where she was awarded the prize for Outstanding Creative Achievement.
She has exhibited internationally with institutions including Tate Modern, CADAF, and the ICA, as well as producing work with Channel 4, the BBC and Facebook/Meta.
Her work combines movement, the female body and technology to explore embodiment, spirituality and human experience in the digital age. Drawing on her background in contemporary and aerial dance she suspends, fragments and augments the body via choreography and digital techniques. She works across mediums, combining the physical and the virtual through sculpture, performance, animation, moving image and virtual & augmented reality.
Coming from a mixed background (Chinese and British) her work meditates on her own fragmented sense of identity, exploring what it means to exist in between worlds. Via her work she delves into her complicated connections with her own heritage, reflecting on Asian diaspora, Imposter syndrome and mixed identities. She seeks to explore, expose, and expand these thresholds of human identity where one exists as both and neither at the same time.
By extension she is fascinated by virtual identities, and in how we construct virtual bodies which exist in hyperspace beyond our physical bodies. She is concerned with the complexities of spiritual experience and with being human in our increasingly digitised and hyperconnected world. Through her work she hopes to discover new ways for us to coexist with technology.
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