This edition of My Art Guide London has been developed thanks to an incredible editorial committee formed by Francise Chang (Art collector and Curator), Lawrence Lek (Artist) and Fatoş Üstek (Director and Chief curator of DRAF – David Roberts Art Foundation).). The committee has been working to select the best and most interesting art spaces and exhibitions in town.
Francise Chang was born in 1982 in Taipei, Taiwan and currently lives between London, Paris, Shanghai and Taipei. She is an art collector, curator and patron involved in numerous nonprofit art institutions around the world. She is a Partner and Patron at Outset Contemporary Art Fund, Tate Russia and Eastern Europe Acquisitions Committee Member, Delfina Foundation’s Network of Asia-Pacific Patrons, Art Director at the MDCA Foundation in Taiwan. Formerly, she has worked as a specialist at Christie’s Hong Kong at the Asian 20th Century & Contemporary Art department.
Lawrence Lek (b. 1982, Frankfurt am Main) is an artist and filmmaker based in London. He uses computer-generated images and emerging technologies such as VR to develop digital environments, which he describes as ‘three-dimensional collages of found objects and situations’. By rendering real places within fictional scenarios, his simulations reflect the impact of the virtual on our perception of reality. These frequently incorporate first-person narratives within immersive audio-visual installations to position the viewer at the centre of the world.
Lek studied architecture at the University of Cambridge, the Architectural Association, and the Cooper Union, and is currently pursuing a PhD in machine learning at the Royal College of Art. His recent projects include Nøtel at arebyte Gallery, London and Stroom Den Haag, NL; 2065 at K11 art space, Hong Kong; Geomancer for the Jerwood/FVU Award, UK; Sinofuturism (1839-2046 AD) at Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge, UK; and QE3 for Glasgow International 2016. Lek is represented by Sadie Coles HQ, London.
Fatoş Üstek is director and chief curator of DRAF (David Roberts Art Foundation). She is curator of miart Talks 2018, Milano; Art Night 2017, East London; and fig-2, 50 projects in 50 weeks, 2015, ICA Studio, London. Üstek is external member of acquisitions committee for Arts Council Collection (2018-2020), contributing editor to Extra Extra, chief-juror for the Celeste Prize 2017. She is founding member of Association of Women in the Arts (AWITA); Art Nights Trustee, member of Block Universe Advisory Board, member of AICA UK, and ICI Alumni. She curates, lectures and publishes internationally.
- Francise Chang
- Lawrence Lek © Eriver Hijano
- Fatoş Üstek © JL Williams