My Husbands and I Need a Space to Lie

Performance: 56 hours at Concourse Gallery at Emily Carr University Art & Design, Vancouver, Canada, 2011  

 

Chun Hua Catherine Dong shouted at audiences at Concourse Gallery in Vancouver for some money . She was looking for a bed and protesting again Emily Carr University not exhibiting her Husbands and I work at her Graduate Show in 2011

Chun Hua Catherine Dong shouted at audiences at Concourse Gallery in Vancouver for some money . She was looking for a bed and protesting again Emily Carr University not exhibiting her Husbands and I work at her Graduate Show in 2011

Chun Hua Catherine Dong shouted at audiences at Concourse Gallery in Vancouver for some money . She was looking for a bed and protesting again Emily Carr University not exhibiting her Husbands and I work at her Graduate Show in 2011

Chun Hua Catherine Dong shouted at audiences at Concourse Gallery in Vancouver for some money . She was looking for a bed and protesting again Emily Carr University not exhibiting her Husbands and I work at her Graduate Show in 2011

I filled a wall space with printed text: MY HUSBANDS AND I NEED A SPACE TO LIE. I stood still in front of this wall four hours a day for 14 days,  holding a paper with written words: LOOKING FOR A BED. When audience walked into gallery, I shouted at them as loud as I could with very firm and angry tone: HEY! CAN I HAVE SOME CHANGE? It is interesting that 42 people gave me some changes, total income is $122.65.

It is a protest performance addressing the fact that Emily Carr University of Art & Design rejected to exhibit my work, “Husbands and I,” at my Graduate Show in 2011. I approached the Graduate Committee couple of time to discuss it, the answer was there was no space to show such a work.  Finally,  the committee assigned me a place where it was impossible to install the work. As a result, I decided not show ” Husbands and I” installation,  but this protest performance.

photo credit: Chad Darnford