Michele Chu (Hong Kong) in her practice explores intimacy and human connection, specifically the interplay between sensory elements and space to amplify emotional connection between individuals. Her works contemplate what makes us human, through mediums like performances, sculptures, multi-sensory installations and public interventions amongst others.

During her residency at Delfina Foundation, as part of Performance as Process, Michele will further her exploration of intimacy, loss, and grief through mediums of food and multisensory performance. Her research will centre on questions like — How can the act of preparing, sharing, and consuming food during mourning rituals facilitate emotional expression, communication, and bonding among grieving individuals? How does the influence of nature, our senses and the concept of the five elements play a role in shaping grieving rituals across different cultures? How does the concept of transformation, as seen in the processes of eating and digestion, relate to the emotional and psychological transformation that individuals undergo during grief?

Michele graduated from the Royal College of Art & Imperial College London with an MA/MSc in Global Innovation Design, and Pratt Institute with a BFA in Communications Design (Illustration). Her works have received coverage in publications including ArtReview, The New York Times, ArtForum and Frieze, and have been shared on global platforms such as TEDx. Her work has been shown at 1a Space (Hong Kong), Negative Space (Hong Kong), and Tai Kwun Contemporary (Hong Kong).

With support from

M Art Foundation

with additional support from

Delfina Foundation’s Network of Asia-Pacific Patrons


Performance as Process:
Season 5

Supported by M Art Foundation


Autumn 2023

Artist’s website



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