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
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/Editor: Johnson Ngo
Writers: Emelie Chhangur and Francisco-Fernando Granados
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.
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
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For more info about the installation at Museum of University of Toronto, Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery, and PAVED Art
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.
My performance, ” The Arrival,” will be performed at 7a*11d International Festival of Performance Art, Toronto, Canada
Performance: The Arrival
Time:7:30 pm, October 14, 2016
Location: Geary Lane , 360 Geary Avenue, Toronto
“The Arrival” is a participatory research-based performance that examines identity, place, and belonging through languages and gestures. This performance starts from field research where I ask random people I meet on streets to say, “ Where are you from?” with different tones and emotions, I record their voices. I also invite people who I cannot meet in person to participate by asking them to record their own voices of saying“ Where are you from?” and send them to me. The final project will be presented at 7a*11d International Festival of Performance Art in Toronto where I use the recorded voices, salt, and paper boats to respond my research.