La Biennale de Quebec – Manif D’art 8

My work,  ” Husbands and I,” will be exhibited at La Biennale de Quebec in Feb 17 – May 14, 2017

Exhibition Date: Feb 17 –  May 14, 2017
Opening: Feb 19 at 3:00pm
Address: 2 rue Cremazie Est, Quebec, CA

Husbands and I is a social performance wherein I navigate my own relationship to Western culture through one-minute and one-day relationships with white men. I started the “Husbands and I” performance in 2009 in Vancouver, where I wore a traditional Chinese dress and asked white males on streets to have photo taken with me by suggesting them to be my husbands for a minute. I have had photos with 325 men. In 2010, I posted classified advertisements describing myself as “an exotic, compliant and artistic Asian girl looking for a white husband who would like to take me to his home to live with him for a day as his mail order bride,” and recorded videos of my experiences living for one day with each ad respondent.

For more info about the Biennale
For more info about one-minute husbands
For more info about one-day husbands
For more info about the installation at Museum of University of TorontoLeonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery, and PAVED Art


Group Exhibition- What Remains at Gallery Gachet in Vancouver

My group exhibition will be held at Gallery Gachet in Vancouver Jan 13th – Mar 12th, 2017

Exhibition Date: Jan 13th – Mar 12, 2017
Opening: Jan 13th 6:00pm-9:00pm
Address: 88 east Cordova Street Vancouver  BC

What Remains is comprised of the work of four artists who contend with conditions of identity through unique and varied means. This multimedia exhibition incorporates dialogical performance highlighting resistance to a gendering and racializing gaze formed on Eurocentric constructions of identity politics. Sincere, experiential, embodied works from the following artists will be featured: Afuwa, Chun Hua Catherine Dong, Marbella Anne Carlos and Jordan Martin.

The artists’ performances relate to moments of their lived experience as they consider what remains after the performance —placeholders for future engagements with a gallery audience. The residue of performance includes video, photography, physical objects and other remnants —elements that can only linger as memory. This exhibition will focus on the importance of performance as process that decenters value constructs placed upon the art object. In this case, these processes are not concerned with success tied to a commercial market of production. The work presented is a culmination of the everyday experiences generously shared by the artists, held and supported by the gallery.

For more about the exhbition

 


Solo Exhibition – Visual Poetics of Shame at aceart inc. Winnipeg

My solo exhibition, ” Visual Poetics of Embodied Shame,” will be held at aceart inc., Winnipeg, Canada

Exhibition Date: Nov 4th – Dec 9th, 2016
Opening: Nov 4th at 7:00p
Address: 2-290 McDermot Avenue , Winnipeg, CA

Visual Poetics of Embodied Shame is a solo exhibition that examines the visual culture of shame in relation to the body, subjects and power in contemporary art. Over the past three years, Chun Hua Catherine Dong has been creating this series of works that integrates performance, photography, video, and installation. Her focus is exploring the visual culture of shame associated with vulnerability in its personal and socio-political dimensions, deconstructing the experience of shame through gestures, moments, and audience participation. In her practice, she considers feminism, globalization, and psychoanalysis, positioning shame as a feminist strategy of resistance – an ethical practice that seeks altered states of consciousness that possibly leads to restore dignity and humanity.

for more about the exhibition


Performance – Visualeyez Festival of Performance Art

My performance, ” To Begin,” will be performed at Latitude 53,  Edmonton, Canada, as part of the 17th Visualeyez Festival of Performance Art.

Performance: To Begin
Time: 8:30 pm-11:30pm, September 23, 2016
Location: Latitude 53 Contemporary Visual Culture
10242 – 106 Street Edmonton,
Alberta T5J 1H7 CANADA

“To Begin” investigates social transformation through repetition and labor. In this work, the stack of books is the burden of both history and unsustainable civilization. In our current social climate, collapse seems inevitable. This performance demonstrates that the process of social transformation can be slow, but changes can happen anytime and anywhere. It examines how the collapse of power structures shift social dynamics, and how this inevitable collapse influences our daily existence and creates new beginning.

for more info about the performance
for more info about the festival


Exhibition – at The CERA Project, London, UK

I am very pleased to announce that i am part of group exhibition, A Very Thing Line,” at The CERA Project, London, UK.
Exhibition Date: July 31-August 20, 2016
Opening: July 31 at 6:00pm
Location: The CERA Project, London, UK.

The exhibition A VERY THIN LINE curated by the independent curators Inês Valle and Mafalda Budib brings together six visual artists Bumi Thomas, Chun Hua Catherine Dong, Nilbar Güreş, Nikki Luna, Rita GT and Lorena Wolffer who through their art practices have been giving voice to female narratives.

An exhibition that interrelates a mix of emotions, medias and narratives by inviting the audience to experience the very dark and the very bright, as a result of tension between vulnerability and resistance, love and pain that is constantly whispered in our daily struggles.

For more info
http://www.ceraproject.com
http://www.contemporaryand.com/exhibition/a-very-thin-line/


Performance – Xº (10th) Encuentro, Santiago Chile

My performance, ” Yellow Umbrella – An Unfinished Conversation,” will be performed in the Universidad de Chile, Santiago,  Chile, as part of Xº (10th) Encuentro: dissidence, sovereignties, performance, hosted by The Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics and the Universidad de Chile

Performance: Yellow Umbrella – An Unfinished Conversation
Time: 4:30 pm-5:30pm, July 17, 2016
Location: the Universidad de Chile, Santiago,  Chile
Hosted by The Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics and the Universidad de Chile

The Yellow Umbrella—An Unfinished Conversation” is a performance that involves twelve performers engaging with yellow umbrellas. The umbrella is a symbol of protection and resistance. This performance seeks an intersection where aesthetics and politics ignite each other, exploring how symbolic and situational behaviors impact on our perception in regards to specific social movements and activism. It is relevant to open conversations about how to transform social and political landscapes through embodied gestures, examining relationships between the citizens and the place they live, between what they have lost and what they have gained in social political transformations.

This trip was made possible by the support from the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Quebec

For more info about this work
for more info about Xº (10th) Encuentro and its program


Performance – Miami Performance International Festival

I will be performing at The 5th Miami Performance International Festival

Performance: Where are We going
Time: 9:40 pm-10:00pm, 2016
location: Edge Zones, Miami    3317 NW 7th Cir, FL 33127, MIAMI, FL 33127

Where are We going explores relationship between humans and animals, suffering and loss through symbolic and metaphoric gestures. While humans are regarded as the cultural animals, animals are often seen as another kind of people: the other, the animal other. This work expresses longing for re-connection from both humans and animals, striving to find a harmonious relationship through an animistic worldview. It reflects on our colonial roots of the wildlife and nature, questioning how wildlife and nature have been through from a symbol of a divine power in ancient time to a commodity for sale in nowadays. Through retracing our culture’s engagements with animals, I hope to expand horizons in order to better understand our roots and consequences of marginalizing our animals and nature.

for more info


Performance – at Thomas Young Gallery, Boston

I will be making two new performances, ” To Begin” and ” Set me on my High Places” at Thomas Young Gallery as part of a month long performance, Better than the Alternative

To Begin:
May 7, 2016   19:00pm -22:00pm

” To Begin” investigates social transformation through repetition and labour.  Time in this work does not exist. the outward absurdity of hints at the futility of mechanized and receptive labour, while also exploring whether meaning can be made simply through a commitment to repetition. It examines how the collapse of power structures shift social dynamics, and how this inevitable collapse influences our daily existence and create new beginning.

Set me on my High Spaces:
May 14, 2016  12:00pm-16:00pm

“Set me on My High Places” explores relationship between humans and animals, suffering and loss through symbolic and metaphoric gestures. While humans are regarded as the cultural animals, animals are often seen as another kind of people: the other, the animal other. This work expresses longing for re-connection from both humans and animals, striving to find a harmonious relationship through an animistic worldview. It reflects on our colonial roots of the wildlife and nature, questioning how wildlife and nature have been through from a symbol of a divine power in ancient time to a commodity for sale in nowadays. Through retracing our culture’s engagements with animals, I hope to expand horizons in order to better understand our roots and consequences of marginalizing our animals and nature.

for more info


Screening – No Todo Es Fragilidad -Sechiisland’s Micro Gallery, Rio Claro, Sao Paulo, Brazil

NO TODO ES FRAGILIDAD

Video-performances de artistas mujeres
March 18, Friday, 2016 at 7:00PM
Curador: Silvio De Gracia


No todo es fragilidad [Not everything is fragile], introduces a serie of video-performances where women artists try to explore poetic dimension of the body and the female nature. Through the experimentation in different approaches to performance art, these videos reveal the psychological and physical energy of women, not excluding the beauty, breaking the old conventional image of female as a fragile being.  Most of the videos show a female body incarnated in intense and obsessive actions, including hard efforts, allegories of resistance against the absurd or confrontations with the physical and social limitations.

For more info


The Yellow Umbrella – An Unfinished Conversation – at Nuit Blanche, Montreal

“The Yellow Umbrella – An Unfinished Conversation” is presented by Art Souterrain

Art Soutnerrain Pre-Opening:
February 16, 2016   19:00pm -19:30pm at Arsenal Contemporary Art

Nuit Blanche:
February 27, 2016    20:00pm -21:30pm at Place Bonaventure

“The Yellow Umbrella—An Unfinished Conversation” is a performance that involves twelve performers engaging with yellow umbrellas. The umbrella is a symbol of protection and resistance. This performance seeks an intersection where aesthetics and politics ignite each other, exploring how symbolic and situational behaviors impact on our perception in regards to specific social movements and activism. It is relevant to open conversations about how to transform social and political landscapes through embodied gestures, examining relationships between the citizens and the place they live, between what they have lost and what they have gained in social political transformations.

participant performers: Liliana Argumedo, Catherine Laframboise Desjardins, Kelsey Duffy, Alida Esmail, Lucy Fandel, Maggy Flynn, Brittney Canda Gering, Maggie O’Neil, Kim L Rouchdy, Natalie Schneck, Eryn Tempest, and Emilie van der Waals

For more info