Suki Chan is a London based artist, film director and founder of Conscious Productions. Her films take audiences on an immersive journey, and shine a light on subjects that are under-represented across the human condition: from dementia, sight-loss, identity to belonging. Chan's passion is to change perception and build empathy for other people’s realities.
Her debut feature documentary, CONSCIOUS is in development with support from the BFI Doc Society, Sundance Institute | Sandbox Fund and Screen Scotland. CONSCIOUS explores the strength and frailty of the human mind and brings together the personal stories of three women living with dementia and a neuroscientist.
Chan uses installation, moving image, photography and sound to explore our subjective perception of reality. Her mesmerising film works draws the viewer into a cinematic 'elsewhere' to investigate memory, belief and knowledge systems.
Chan's practice sits at the intersection of art and science and features dialogues with diverse communities from people living with dementia, blind and partially sighted people, meditators, to psychologists and neuroscientists. Chan seeks out narratives that explore alternative ways of looking at the world and stories that challenge and destabilise our understanding of perception and reality.
Her research partners include the Centre for Developmental Neurobiology (King’s College, London), Swarm Awareness Project (The University of Sheffield) and Centre for the Study of the Senses (University of London).
Chan has filmed in diverse locations internationally including contested sacred sites in the Middle East; Senate House Library in London; Hagia Sofia in Istanbul; and rammed earth roundhouses in Yunnan province (associated with her Hakka heritage) in China.
Her works are acquired by major collections around the world: The Government Art Collection, Museum of London, David Roberts Art Foundation, The Ingram Collection, University of the Arts Art Collection (UK); The Celebrity Art Collection on The Solstice ship (US), Esplanade (Singapore) and the Asia Culture Centre (South Korea). Chan’s work has been shown internationally: Centre for Contemporary Chinese Art, Manchester; Liverpool Biennale; Art Basel Hong Kong, Shanghai Museum of Contemporary Art, China; Frost Science Museum, Miami, US; Hiroshima Museum of Contemporary Art, Japan; and Dr. Bhau Daji Museum, Mumbai, India.
In 2020 Chan was awarded Film London's FLAMIN Productions, a major moving image artist award committed to nurturing talent and supporting innovative artists in their professional growth, supported by Arts Council England. She was also granted a bursary from Screenskills to develop new skills in VR.
In 2017 Chan was selected for New Approaches, a development programme of bespoke traning run by Film London Artists’ Moving Image Network (FLAMIN) to support artists cross over to the film industry.
She has been nominated thrice for the Jarman Award and shortlisted for the Renaissance Art Prize.
Chan is a member of BAFTA Connect and Women in Film & TV. She studied at Goldsmiths College and Chelsea School of Arts.