Performance – Inverse Performance Art Festival

I am pleased to announce that I will be performing a new durations piece, ” The Warrior ” at Harold J. Miossi Art Gallery, in San Luis Obispo, California, as part of at Inverse Performance Art Festival 1:00pm – 3:30pm, September 29, 2017

“The Warrior” is a durational performance that explores how to use self-care, a new feminist strategy of resistance, to transform violent conflicts. Recent feminist discourse discusses to the potential power and radical nature of embracing self-care to explore our vulnerabilities because if “I matter, we matter, we are transforming what matters.” In this performance, I employ the similar strategy to create a liminal being by subverting my body to a site of contradiction and satire. The war is not inevitable. Conflicts can be diffused and transformed; arms can be laid down for good. Peace may often be elusive, but it is within our grasp which is both a gift and a task. For me, what the most important thing in this performance is to create some positive and sustainable gestures/actions that have capabilities to transform violence without depicting violence itself. Through satirizing the role of armed-force and juxtaposing the meditative gestures, this performance not only reveals a powerful sense of self and openness, but also turns the battle ground to a harmonious meditation space that cherishes human dignity, peace with justice, and shared well-being.

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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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Performance – Experimental Action in Houston

I am pleased to announce that I will be performing a new durations piece, ” Lost Islands,” at Experimental Action in Houston on Feb 23, 2017 at 8:00pm

Experimental Action is a biennial, three day, innovative International performance art festival. The festival features a collection of groundbreaking International and non local performance artists along with Houston-based performance artists. Each of the three nights is hosted at a different Houston venue and consists of a series of engaging, participatory and experimental Performance Art works. Incoming performance artists speak at area universities and lead workshops during the days. We host a symposium featuring a panel discussion, created with the intention to process experiences from the festival and to facilitate critical dialogue about the work presented.

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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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Performance – 7a*11d International Festival of Performance Art

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.

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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.

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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

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