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

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Group Exhibition – La Corteza del Alma – at Fernando Pradilla Gallery, Madrid, Spain

Exhibition: February 18- March 26, 2016
Opening reception:   February 18, 2016
Curated by Dr. Beth Moysés

La Corteza del Alma es una metáfora para referirnos a las capas del cuerpo, la casa de los sentimientos físicos y espirituales. Sus protagonistas son diez mujeres de distintas nacionalidades y generaciones, cuyas las obras están relacionadas con las multiplicidades de lo femenino, a través de diferentes temas, que abarcan las injusticias sociales, las cuestiones de género, violencia física, psicológica, discriminaciones raciales, o sexualidad.El punto de partida de estas obras es el cuerpo femenino, referente común para mujeres artistas, desde hace ya muchas décadas. Los soportes y técnicas utilizadas (instalaciones, pintura, dibujos, fotografías, video y audio), nos lleva a recordar la frase escrita en una de las obras de Barbara Kruger, l989: Your Body is a Battleground.La obra a la que nos referimos fue creada hace casi 20 años, nuestra sociedad ha cambiando, y las mujeres han conseguido algunas victorias, no si luchar por ellas. Todavía hay mucho por hacer, aunque las mujeres van consiguiendo imponerse. ¡Tanto en el arte como en la vida!

La Corteza del Alma revisa y actualiza esta premisa desde de un enfoque plural, poético y político con las obras de Yolanda Domínguez (EP) Catherine Dong (CN) Regina Galindo (GT) Beth Moysés (BR) Marina Núñez (EP) Rosana Paulino (BR) Marta María Pérez (CU) Teresa Serrano (MX ) Mimi Smith (USA) Sue Williams (UK)

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The Other Words – at Katzmann Contemporary, Toronto

Date: January 30, 10:00am – 13:00, 2016
As part of Duration & Dialogue Performance Art Festival/Symposium
Followed by a conversation with Johanna Householder (OCADU)
Chun Hua Catherine Dong with Robert Black

The Other Words is a durational performance that explores the otherness in translation. Translation is political, and translating a text is like chewing up rice and then feeding it to somebody else.  Dong is interested in transfiguration and transformation – the shape and form of languages, and how translation cuts across cultural barriers and begins to address how we relate to the world.

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Solo Exhibition – Visual Poetics of Embodied Shame – at The New Gallery, Calgary, Canada

Exhibition: January 8 – Feb 6, 2016
Opening reception:  Friday, January 8 at 8:00 PM
Performance will start at 8:00 PM

Admission is free and all are welcome

Visual Poetics of Embodied Shame examines the visual culture of shame in relation to the body, subjects and power in contemporary art. Over the past two years, 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.

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Solo Exhibition – The Surface – at PAVED Arts, Saskatoon, Canada

Exhibition: November 6 – December 12, 2015
Opening reception: Friday, November 6 at 8 p.m
Artist Talk:  the PAVED Arts Main Gallery space at 7 p.m. on Friday, November 6, directly preceding the opening reception

The Surface brings together several video and photographic installation works by Chun Hua Catherine Dong. Shared among these works, for Dong, is the underlying premise that the body is political. She is interested in blurring boundaries between personal and political, between private and public, between performance and everyday practice. She has established her body as a visual territory, and a primary material in her artwork to activate social commentary on immigration, race and gender. Through encapsulating these global issues in microcosm or magnifying personal predicaments until they become universally visible, she presents the body as a defined and experienced reality, and locates herself at the nexus of author, artwork and audience.

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