Photograph of artwork by Ya-chu Kang

Ya-chu Kang, Everything about cotton is about cotton. Image courtesy of the artist

CFCCA’s artist in residence Ya-chu Kang, joined us from Taipei Artist Village, Taiwan. Her work explores issues of identity and the relationships that humans have with natural and social environments. Her research inspires a prolific and beautiful responses in the form of site-specific installation, mix-media sculpture, land art, photography and more.

Often inspired by local textiles and associated patterns, motifs and found object, Kang uses travel and research to find links between textiles, industry, local history and contemporary culture. Her artistic process includes embracing accidents, mutations, and deterioration of surface and detail with time, accepting nature will have its way, especially working with unstable mediums such as sun, salt, dust and water.

Kang has exhibited internationally since 2006, in Japan, Europe, North America and South Asia, and has researched textile culture in Japan, Peru, Thailand, and India. Her publications include Textile Map, Volumes 1 and 2. She also engages in fabric art education. She just finished her residency project in Guimaraes that is part of the Contextile 2018- Textile of Contemporary Art Biennial in Portugal. (The exhibition is still on until 20 Oct 2019.)

Image of art work by Ya-chu kang

Ya-chu Kang, Cartilage (2018) image courtesy of the artist.

During her residency at CFCCA, Kang is interested in researching the materials and relics relating to the textile industry in Manchester and its rich history. In particular she will explore how this influences Manchester’s current society and culture, and how this relates to the wider global contexts of migration, economic trade and social structure.

Her work was exhibited as part of Manchester Science Festival and she gave live performances as part of this at Museum of Science and Industry and also Southbank Centre’s Changing China Festival both in October 2018

She will also reveal all she has been working on during her residency with us at an open studio exhibition on Thursday 30 November until Sunday 3 December.

While Kang has spent three months with us from Taiwan, London based artist Will Pham has spent three months in Taiwan. Find out more here.