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Rain Paradox (2021)

Video with sound by aircode, (70 mins)

RAIN PARADOX (2021) trailer - Angela YT Chan from Angela YT Chan on Vimeo. (Content note: pulsating visual imagery)

The Great British Rain Paradox, published in 2020 by RB Finish and supported by the UK government’s Environmental Agency, warns about the UK’s projected water scarcity crisis within the next 20 years. The report describes a ‘paradox’ that while 77% of British survey respondents “believe the UK is a ‘wet and rainy country’” and assume there are adequate water reserves, “in reality our demand for water could soon outstrip supply”.

In Rain Paradox, Angela YT Chan presents how official and local climate framings differently influence our public views of climate change. She critiques the report’s language and assertions as aligning with wider government policies that problematically merge pro-border, conflict-ready and for-profit strategies as climate solutions: a narrative that erases state and corporate accountabilities, posing a continued threat to the social inequities exacerbated by the climate crisis.

Rain Paradox presents counter-narratives, with ‘living room conversations’ between community-minded citizens around the UK. They discuss their own water stories and landscapes, cultural water practices, perspectives on water scarcity, and migratory contexts of water and borders. Moving between timelines, data, geographies, speculative drawings and water cycles, Rain Paradox archives this specific moment in climate history to be revisited in 20 years’ time.

Commissioned by FACT (Liverpool, UK) as part of the Jerwood Arts FACT Fellowship Programme, supported by Jerwood Arts. Supported using public funding by Arts Council England and funded by Liverpool City Council. With thanks to Laolu Alatise, Yasmin Begum, Kaajal Modi, Raman Mundair, Shamica Ruddock, Jennifer Edwards, Amahra Spence, Fatima Tarkleman.

Exhibited at FACT for the Fellows' group show, Uncertain Data : Andrius Arutiunian // Angela YT Chan // Tessa Norton // Yambe Tam, 15 September - 3 October 2021


an exhibibition space with four colourful comic strip banners hang on a tall wall as 3 people view a video monitor to the right 4 comic strip vertical banners. left image shows a red comic strip of a desert scene, the second image shows a grey and purple comic strip of underground pipes, third image shows a light blue background with water treatment plant and earth cross-section, fourth image shows a tree on the right and a mound of moss movng through an urban environment digital illustration of grey and white water pipes with a 3D water splash in the middle a horzontal gradient blue to white background with drawings of two boxes side by side connected by pipes. left box shows a 3D water splash and the right the UK heatmap for water scarcity. subtitle reads How does it frame climate change and resource scarcity a horzontal gradient blue to white background with drawings of one large box on the left connected by pipes to three boxes in a column on the left. The left box shows a screenshot of a report with the title Escaping the Jaws of Death: ensuring enough water in 2050. the subtitle reads These divert from the systems of state neglect and profiteering of extractive industries a horzontal gradient blue to white background with drawings of one large box on the left connected by pipes to three boxes in a column on the left. The left box shows a red blue and green river line map and the right 3 boxes show 3 types of 3D water splashes. the subtitle reads Today's counternarratives across regional communities