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VISUAL POETICS OF EMBODIED SHAME

Chun Hua Catherine Dong

March 13- April 18, 2015

Opening Reception: Saturday, March 14, 2:00-4:00 [artist will be in attendance]

Art Crawl: Friday, March 13, 7:00-10:00pm [site-specific performance]

Visual Poetics of Embodied Shame is a multimedia installation and participatory performance exhibition by Montreal based artist, Chun Hua Catherine Dong. Dong’s practice navigates the diaspora by challenging notions of gender and identity embedded in traditional Chinese culture. Through a feminist dialogue employing the body, Visual Poetics of Embodied Shame examines patriarchal values embedded in Chinese culture employing East-Asian shame culture as a lens. Dong’s cultivation of issues related to Chinese culture expands discourse on how contemporary Chinese women are perceived and treated within Chinese and Western socio-political spheres. Through presenting and re-enacting the seminal life experiences in the works presented, Dong is able work through them, empowering herself and contributing to the growing empowerment of contemporary Chinese women.

Chun Hua Catherine Dong is a Chinese-born artist working with performance art, photography, and video. She received a B.F.A from Emily Carr University Art & Design and a M.F.A. from Concordia University. She has performed and exhibited her works in many national and international performance art festivals and venues. Among many other awards, she is the recipient of the Franklin Furnace Award for avant-garde art in New York in 2014

Click HERE to download the exhibition essay by Victoria Sung.

Click HERE to read a review by Regina Haggo for the Hamilton Spectator.

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