Portrait of Chun Yin Rainbow Chan

Chun Yin Rainbow Chan

Chun Yin Rainbow Chan works across music, performance and installation. Born in Hong Kong and raised in Sydney, Rainbow is interested in mistranslations, diaspora and the effects of globalisation on modern Chinese society.

Her research engages with the authentic and the copy, exploring sites of exchange and desire which complicate Western notions of originality and appropriate consumption. Central to Rainbow's work is the circulation of knock-off objects, sounds and images in global media. Her work positions the fake as a complex sign that shapes new myths, values and contemporary commodity production.

Tying together her works across installation and pop music is the relationship between nostalgia, migration and identity. She recently released her debut record Spacings (Silo Arts & Records) which was feature album on FBi Radio, Radio Adelaide and RTRFM, and nominated for SMAC Award 2016 (Best Live Act, Record of the Year) and SMAC Award 2017 (Best Song). In 2016 her techno project, Chunyin, Rainbow released the Code Switch EP on UK label Off Out.

Rainbow has performed extensively, including live appearances at Sydney Opera House, Museum of Contemporary Art, Gallery of Modern Art, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Museum of Old and New Art and Iceland Airwaves. Her installations have been exhibited with Firstdraft Gallery, Liquid Architecture, 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Longli International New Media Arts Festival, China, and National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts.

Photo: Jonno Revanche