Eric Fong’s practice is driven by his interest in the juncture between art and science, informed by his knowledge and experience as a former medical doctor. He works in a range of media, including film, photography, sculpture and installation.
Fong is fascinated by how vulnerable and yet resilient the body and the mind are, and how fluid and mutable identity is. Much of his work is collaborative and multi-disciplinary, involving different individuals and organisations, in both the cultural and scientific sectors.
His process involves in-depth engagement with his collaborators, and extensive research into the subject. As a result, his work shows an empathic observation of and a sensitive response to the people he photographs.
The topics he has explored include mental illness, disfigurement, blindness, and the phantom limb phenomenon. More recently, he has been immersed in the field of forensic anthropology and crime scene investigation, working with forensic anthropologists at two UK universities. In addition to archive research, he attended lectures, seminars and workshops in laboratories and off-site locations. Inspired by film noir, black and white crime scene photographs from mid-century police archives, and insight gained from his research and collaboration, his recent works are dark and haunting, and explore themes of vulnerability, entropy and death.
Fong has exhibited his work widely across the UK and internationally, including Ludwig Museum of Contemporary Art, Budapest; Pratt Manhattan Gallery, New York; EAST International, Norwich; London Group Open, Shape Open and Creekside Open, London; International 3 Gallery and Chinese Arts Centre, Manchester; Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography, Toronto; and numerous international short film festivals.
Public collection of Fong’s work include the Arts Council England Collection, The Lightbox Gallery, Woking and York University, Toronto. He has received exhibition prizes awarded by Victoria Miro (victoria-miro.com) at Creekside Open and by Yinka Shonibare MBE at Shape Open, London. He is also a recipient of grants from Arts Council England, British Council and Leverhulme Trust.