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Fully VAMFF

Yan Yan Chan

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BEHIND THE SCENES

Before you scroll down, and take a look at the visual diary of our video making. I’d like to start of with a little trip down memory lane. I know a lot of you guys have grown up with me, from the time I started on Tumblr at the age 15, to my first ever attempt at blogging - under the name of “Parfasseux”, to my slight cyber hiatus at age 19 (the time I moved and interned in New York City). To now - content creating full time, and working for myself. To say the least, this space has given me endless opportunities in work, and travel - it has been a place that has marked some of my most transformative moments, in my career and in my personal life. A space that has pushed myself to express and create in ways I never thought I would be able to.

It is with such gratitude that I share with you guys, my first video I got to produce, style, creative direct and star in - for a client I’ve worked with for the last 3 years. VAMFF - thank you so incredibly much for putting your utmost trust in me, especially at a time I didn’t. To Mercedes Benz for transporting us, to Visit Melbourne for being so hospitable, to VAMFF for putting all your faith in me, and to Cinema Thom, Audrey, Katie for executing it all!

So proud to share with you our video - that we shot in Melbourne, through the storm, and through torrential rain.

WATCH IT HERE

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A LIST OF ALL THE PLACES WE WENT (AND I WANT TO THANK):

  • Started the day off at The Sister Studio’s Factory. This is where their experiments, ideas, patterns and deliveries all come to life.

  • Stopped off at KONG in Richmond for Korean Fried Chicken Wings - this place is truly my first stop, whenever I’m North. It’s my absolute guilty pleasure. We don’t seem to have a Korean restaurant similar to this in Sydney… and if we do - can someone please share?

  • We took some for the road trip ahead, in our ride thanks to Mercedes Benz Australia. Our first stop in the Mornington Peninsula; The Jackalope Hotel. A favorite destination of mine, and a must see for anyone driving down the Mornington. They have their own Winery “Rare Hare”, where the fire blazes over a rainy afternoon - or opens up to a view of their vivid Vineyard. Not to mention the incredible interior and exterior of the hotel. Filled with art installations that welcome you from the minute you drive in, from Emily Floyd’s impressive Jackaloe sculpture to Rick Owen’s infamous Stag Bench. I would spend a long weekend here.

  • Almost a 10 minute drive, up next; is Pt Leo’s Sculpture park. It wasn’t the perfect weather conditions for a stroll in the park, but we managed to run around, umbrella covered, in sequins and gowns - so that was an A+ for trying.

A HUGE THANK YOU TO VISIT MELBOURNE FOR ORGANIZING OUR VISITATIONS & FOR BEING SO HOSPITABLE, OUR WHOLE WAY THROUGH.

NAGNATA

Yan Yan Chan

MOVEMENT

SOFT, YET STRONG. How a woman is. Thank you to my friends for creating such beautiful movement pieces, sustainably and oh so honoring to the female form. A collaboration between Jess Ruby James, Bella Thomas and I.

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DO YOU GOMA?

Yan Yan Chan

FREE ART!

A guide to GOMA’s APT 9 & JAMES TURRELL

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I started the year at a Health and Digital detox retreat, with no reception and zero internet. Nathan and I renewed our “goals” for the year - we decided to simplify and pick a word or two, that we needed more of. I chose IMMERSE, and ENRICH. Qualities I felt lacked in my 2018, despite the incredible travels and moments I had. So… when we were invited to Brisbane for the long weekend, we did nothing but such - and how incredibly easy it was, with the help of art, food and a beautiful stay.

One of my favorite things of how dislocated to the rest of the world Australia is, is our excitement for welcoming international talent that exhibit and collaborate on our home soil. When there is a foreigner in town, we make sure it is known, and they enjoy the finest we have to offer. This month, GOMA welcomes APT 9 - 9th Asia Pacific Triennal of Contemporary art, welcoming over 400 artists from Asia, The Pacific and Australia. It’s actually one of my favorite curations in Australia, because it’s always a show that shows the best and newest artists around our regions. I attended their last one, a few years ago and was just as in awe as I was this time round. Perfect for anyone who wants to escape real life for a second and immerse themselves completely amongst another’s ideas and thoughts through installation, and incredible artworks. Also for anyone who’s flying interstate; see below for my guide, on where to eat and stay.

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TO STAY

Situated right on my favorite street to hang out and shop; James Street. This beautiful modern hotel has yes please, from it’s 70’s Palm Springs poolside vibes, to it’s semi circle motif that carries through from the hallways, to bedroom furniture and decor; an example of it’s attention to impeccable detail. It’s a 10 min Uber to the GOMA, and it’s lobby shops carries some of my favorite Aussie designers; think Dion Lee & Bassike.

TO DINE

We love anything that has a seafood menu, with delicious cocktails and organic wine.

Our picks…

Julius Pizzeria for Aperol and Italian. Their menu is pretty authentic so you can’t go wrong with any of their pasta’s, antipasta’s or Pizza’s. It’s also right opposite the GOMA so you can head in before or after a visit to APT9.

Mr Percival’s for an afternoon drink, that may enter through to the night. We rode our Lime’s to Mr Percivals and sat right on the edge of the River and ordered a huge platter of seafood.

And for dinner, we finished our long weekend back at our Hotel at Hellinka at The Calile. We suggest doing group dining as everything is served as share plates, and you won’t leave without an empty stomach! We tried the tasting menu, and left in food coma’s.