Sidi Chen (he/they) is a queer artist in diaspora from China whose performance-based, interdisciplinary practice explores the intersectionalities of arts, natural sciences, community development, and queer theory. Through his practice, Chen intends to mediate the relationships and interact with agencies of the bodies that are human, ecological, and planetary to cultivate an alternative earth-based kinship. Chen is currently studying in the Master of Fine Arts Program at Emily Carr University of Art + Design. Chen has been participating in a wide range of projects in North America, including the Leaning Out of Windows Art and Science Project (2021-2022), the Intergenerational LGBT Artist Residency (2020) and the Canadian Wilderness Artist Residency (2018). Sidi Chen is also an independent arts administrator and research for arts-based community development, and is currently residing on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) First Nations, known as Vancouver, BC.
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During this residency, the 12 catalyst artists, who are active in the arts sector in Canada and internationally, will collaboratively reflect on how art can help us to “stay with the trouble” and face the complexities of our current times: to not turn our back to the turmoil of difficult things, while remaining grounded and attentive to what it means to be human within a wider web of relations.
Drawing from their multi-disciplinary practices which include theatre, puppetry, dance, music, clowning and visual arts, the artists are working on how to activate different modes of feeling, thinking, relating and acting as forces of social change that may open up not-yet-imaginable possibilities for co-existence in the future.