Kent Chan: Future Tropics

Gasworks, 155 Vauxhall Street London
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Gasworks presents Future Tropics, the first UK solo exhibition by Amsterdam-based Singaporean artist Kent Chan. Working in collaboration with other artists, writers and musicians, Chan imagines potential scenarios of a future and global tropic.

His practice explores past and future relationships between heat and cultural identity, as well as the legacies of colonial modernity in a time of climate crisis.

Pushing real-world observations of climate change and speculating upon the makeup of societies after the loss of climate variation, his exhibition at Gasworks aims to expand our geoclimatic imagination about the impending future by addressing hypothetical yet urgent questions such as:

"If the entire world turned tropical, what would it mean to have an Old and New Tropics? How would global culture and geopolitical relations be reshaped in a mono-climatic world?"

These questions are posed in ‘Future Tropics’, which Chan’s forthcoming Gasworks exhibition is named after. The 2022 video work speculates upon the ramifications of earth’s warming and consequent loss of climate demarcation.

Alongside 'Future Tropics’, is ‘Warm Fronts’ an ongoing project which was further expanded during the artist’s residency at Gasworks in 2022. In the work he interrogates London as the former centre of the British Empire through collaborations with various DJs of tropical lineage. Chan explores notions of 'mixing', both sonically and culturally, within an imagined tropical future, creating a sonic and solar alliance built not only upon shared histories, but the potentiality and connectivity of heat.

These moving-image works will be presented as part of an immersive installation that aims to recreate —rather than just represent— the experience of the tropics inside the exhibition. Mimicking the tropical monsoons, his new installation will create a shifting micro-climate across the galleries while subtly choreographing the audience's navigation of the exhibition space.


Exhibition Credits

Kent Chan's exhibition is commissioned and produced by Gasworks with the generous support of Mondriaan Fonds and National Arts Council Singapore.

Gasworks commissions are supported by Catherine Petitgas and Gasworks Exhibitions Supporters.



Kent Chan is an artist, curator and filmmaker based in the Netherlands and Singapore. He was artist-in-residence at the Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht in 2019/20. Recent solo and duo exhibitions include Kunstinstituut Melly, Rotterdam; de Appel, Amsterdam (both 2021); Bonnefanten Museum, Maastricht (2020); and the National University Singapore Museum (2019). Selected group exhibitions and screenings include Tate Modern, London; IFFR Rotterdam International Film Festival (both 2022); Times Museum, Guangdong; Onassis Stegi, Athens; Bienalsur, Argentina (all 2021); and Bonnefanten Museum, Maastricht (2020).

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