Group Exhibition & Performance – at Art Mûr, Montreal

Dates: December 7 – 16, 2017
Opening: Thursday, December 7, 2017, 5:30 p.m.
Performance: Saturday, December 9, 2017, 1:30 p.m.
Address: 5826 St Hubert St, Montreal, QC, Canada  H2S 2L7

D’où viens-tu? brings together three artists committed in their practice: Pierre Chaumont, Dayna Danger and Chun Hua Catherine Dong. Through photography, installation and performance, their works address power relations between individuals and the notion of norms in our globalized world. They interrogate how colonialism, patriarchy and heteronormativity interfere in our relationships with each other to create situations of exclusion and normalized violence. Using charm, provocation or intimidation, the artists take a critical and political stance that is much needed in a consensual society such as ours.

Showing the works Mosul, Big’Uns and The Arrival in the same exhibition space sheds light on their common strategies for reappropriating the body as territory of identity, sexuality and history. From here and elsewhere, three artists with three languages present themselves in a new space defined by them, within them. This space of the “Other” unites the differences of each, deactivating codes and norms, and opening

Group Exhibition – Far and Near: the Distance(s) between Us, at Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, Toronto

My group exhibition, Far and Near: the Distance(s) between Us, is held at  Justina M. Barnicke Gallery at Museum of University of Toronto on Sept 6 – Oct 29, 2017

Far and Near: the Distance(s) between Us brings together several generations of Canadian artists of Chinese descent, offering perspectives onto the Chinese Canadian community’s historical and cultural evolutions and developments. The works included in the exhibition investigate overlooked narratives by exploring notions of distancing and being distanced in relation to race, identity, sexuality and their intertwining with Chinese Canadian history.

The idea of distance unfolds in multiple layers: in the geographic sense, as in going through a distance from point A to point B, like the construction process of the Canadian Pacific Railway; in the cultural sense, through the mainstream’s imposition of stereotypes, as in how the Chinese Canadian community has been culturally differentiated and essentialized; and in the context of the Chinese community itself, as in who is “Us”, and the distances between different groups of ethnic Chinese.

Exhibition Date:  Sept 6 – Oct 29, 2017
Opening: Wednesday, September 6, 2017
Address: Justina M. Barnicke Gallery,  7 Hart House Cir, Toronto, ON M5S 3H3
Curated by Henry Heng Lu

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Publication – Red, Green, Blue ≠ White

I am pleased to announce that Red, Green, Blue ≠ White includes my two works that were exhibited at Blackwood Gallery in 2013.

Red, Green, Blue ≠ White is the catalog produced for the 2013 exhibition at the Blackwood of the same name. Curated by Johnson Ngo, then-Curator-in-Residence at the Blackwood Gallery, the exhibition brought together eight artists exploring the the intersections of colour theory and contemporary race and identity politics. Included in this publication are commissioned essays and artist projects that depart from that 2013 exhibition, reflecting on notions of performativity, hybridity, and intersectionality.

Curator/EditorJohnson Ngo
Writers: Emelie Chhangur and Francisco-Fernando Granados

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Group Exhibition – Mother Tongue at Varley Art Gallery in Markham

My Group Exhibition,  Mother Tongue, is held at Varley Art Gallery in Markham, Ontario on May 13 – September 4, 2017
Exhibition Date: May 13 – September 4, 2017
Opening: May 13th 6:00pm-9:00pm
Addess: 216 Main Street Unionville, Markham, Ontario L3R 2H1

Language is a universal and abstract system of sounds and symbols. Yet, the social, political and cultural contexts in which a language is spoken greatly affects its development and usages. In ever increasingly globalized societies, our sociolinguistic identity is not often singular.  The language we speak at home, or learned as a child – our mother tongue – may not be the same one used in our everyday lives. Mother Tongueinvites us to consider the complex relationships that exist between language and identity; how it defines who we are and how it can inform visual artistic practice.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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