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Sidney Cooper hosts new video art exhibition by Suki Chan

01 October 2012

A new film installation by Suki Chan will open on Friday 5 October 2012 at the Sidney Cooper Gallery.

The exhibition, titled Still Point, aims to transport the audience from the site of humble wooden structures offering refuge along Pilgrims’ Way in Northumberland, to contested sacred sites in Jerusalem, and the interior spaces of abandoned Syrian villages in the Golan Heights.

Hazel Stone, Curator at Canterbury Christ Church University’s city centre gallery, said: “The Sidney Cooper gallery is thrilled to be showcasing the work of film and installation artist Suki Chan. This is a fascinating exhibition which explores the complex nature of sacred spaces across the world and religious boundaries through film and still images. The work is accompanied by an insightful publication presented by the artist.”

Speaking about the pieces included in the installation, Suki said: “Whilst filming in sacred sites in Jerusalem, I was struck by how some parts of the city have two names, one in Hebrew and the other in Arabic. How one population can ‘unsee’ another group. How one part of the city is closed off to another group – by borders which are sometimes physical and sometimes psychological.”

Suki Chan’s other work uses light, moving image and sound to explore our physical and psychological experience of space. She is drawn to light as a physical phenomenon and the role it plays in our constantly shifting daily experience of our environment, be it urban or rural.

Suki Chan will also be in conversation with Andy Birtwhistle, Principal Lecturer in Film and Video at Canterbury Christ Church University, at the gallery on Wednesday 24 October at 5:30 pm, booking is essential.

The exhibition is open to the public from Friday 5 October – Saturday 3 November 2012.

Admission is free of charge. The Sidney Cooper Gallery, St Peter's Street, Canterbury CT1 2BQ, is open to the public Tuesday to Friday, 10:30am to 5:30pm and Saturday 11:30am to 5pm. The exhibition will be closed Sunday and Monday.

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Notes to Editor

Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.

With nearly 20,000 students, and five campuses across Kent and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.

  • We are the third highest university in England for graduates in employment, with 94.3% of our most recent UK undergraduates employed or in further study six months after completing their studies.
  • Christ Church is the number one choice for local people looking to study at university in Kent (2010 UCAS).
  • We are the South East’s largest provider of courses for public service careers (outside of London).
  • 2012 is the University’s Golden Jubilee, reflecting on 50 years of higher education and innovation.

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