Archives have long inspired artists and more recently curators, but what is special in engaging archival materials and how can this transform cultural production? Artist susan pui san lok will share her experiences of working with archives and how this interaction has shaped her thinking and practice. susan features in the recently launched CFCCA Archive & Library, having previously exhibiting at the gallery in 1996, 2006 and again in 2016. The discussion is preceded by an introduction from curator and producer Kwong Lee.

susan pui san lok is an artist and writer based in London. Her work ranges across moving image, installation, sound, performance and text. Projects include solo exhibitions at CFCCA (2016), QUAD (2015), MAI/Montreal Arts Interculturels (2014), and commissions for Film and Video Umbrella, De La Warr Pavilion, BFI Southbank and Cornerhouse/BBC Big Screen. International group exhibitions include Diaspora Pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale (2017) and the 1st Asia Biennial / 5th Guangzhou Triennial (2015-2016). Her artist books and multiples include RoCH Fans and Legends (2017), Faster, Higher (2009), Golden (Notes) (2007) and NEWS (2005). She is currently developing a project for New Geographies, commissioned by ECVAN (East Contemporary Visual Arts Network).

Kwong Lee is a freelance Contemporary Art Producer and a producer for Manchester International Festival. Between 2005 and 2016, he was the Director of Manchester’s Castlefield Gallery (CG), a publicly funded contemporary art venue and artist development agency. His recent freelance work has been with the University of Salford, artist groups and individual artists. From 2013 to 2016, Lee co-chaired Contemporary Visual Arts Manchester (CVAM), part of a national network, consisting of organisations, arts professionals and artists, promoting and supporting the work of the city region’s visual art eco-system. He is a member of the new Greater Manchester Culture Steering Group and is on the board of The Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art.