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Far and Near: the Distance(s) between Us

Works by:

Alvis Choi aka Alvis Parsley, Chun Hua Catherine Dong, Gu Xiong, Will Kwan, Ho Tam, Ken Lum, Morris Lum, Karen Tam, Chih-Chien Wang, Paul Wong, Winnie Wu

Far and Near: the Distance(s) between Us


September 6 – October 29, 2017

Curated by Henry Heng Lu

Justina M. Barnicke Gallery

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 intersection intertwined 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.

This exhibition is produced as part of the requirements for the MVS degree in Curatorial Studies at the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design, University of Toronto.

Opening Reception

Wednesday, September 6, 2017
Justina M. Barnicke Gallery

Our Supporters

We gratefully acknowledge the operating support from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council, with additional project support from Manulife, TD Insurance, and MBNA, and generously from several individuals and departments at the University of Toronto, including the Bissell-Heyd-Associates Chair of American Studies, Jackman Humanities Institute, Dr. David Chu Program in Asia-Pacific Studies, Richard Charles Lee Directorship of the Asian Institute, John M. Kelly Library, Richard Charles Lee Canada-Hong Kong Library, E.J. Pratt Library, and the Department of Arts, Culture and Media at the University of Toronto Scarborough. Special thanks are due to the Toronto Public Library, Call Again, Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival, and Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Toronto.

Title Image: Morris Lum, Chinese Freemasons of Toronto, 40″ X 50″, Archival Pigment Print, 2017.

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