Vancouver International Centre for Contemporary Asian Art

(dis)location (dis)connect (dis)appearance

June 20 – August 10, 2019.

Please Reply (2019) Florence Yee (images courtesy of the artist)

Curated by Diane Hau Yu Wong, Centre A’s 6th Annual Recent Graduates Exhibition focuses on intergenerational relationship gaps, specifically on the loss of language and the resulting erosion of cultural knowledge transfer between generations.

Artists:
Aaniya Asrani
Olivia Chan
Cheyenne Rain LeGrande
Reyhan Yazdani
Florence Cing-Gaai Yee

Curator: Diane Hau Yu Wong

June 20 – August 10, 2019

Opening Reception: June 20, 6-9pm
Stitch n’ Bitch Workshops: Every Saturday, 1-4pm
Film Screening & Talk All Our Father’s Relations”: July 23, 7-9pm

Children of diaspora, migration and displacement often experience a disconnect in traditions, culture, and lived experiences from their previous generations. As a result, they often inhabit a hybrid identity, an in-between of the two cultures, yet not exactly belonging in either one. Through this exhibition, Diane hopes to encourage visitors and artists to reflect upon the conversations they have with the generations before them, how their own family traditions are passed on, and how they are maintained. At the same time, she seeks to provide an opportunity for the artists and the community to continue bridging these gaps, facilitating conversations and actively work towards learning and passing on traditions and culture.

(dis)location (dis)connect (dis)appearance focuses on intergenerational relationship gaps, specifically on the loss of language and the resulting disappearance of the transference of culture and tradition between generations. These complex issues are explored through the diverse lens of the artists, each at a different stage of exploring, rediscovering, and reconnecting with their roots, while others attempt to facilitate communications between generations. At the same time, these works explore themes of family, belonging, domesticity, gender, and migratory identity experiences.

About the Artists:

Aaniya Asrani

Aaniya Asrani is a visual storyteller, multidisciplinary maker, and social practitioner from Bangalore, India. The perplexities of human existence and a curiosity for understanding and sharing perspective is what drives her artistic practice, which looks at storytelling as a catalyst for changing the perspective of the unknowable other. Her current practice is an exploration of the role of care in our everyday lives and the stories we carry with us, hoping to facilitate meaningful conversation between strangers in order to celebrate differences.

Olivia Chan

Olivia Chan’s multimedia practice revolves around themes of family, culture, heritage, and memory. It is heavily informed by her experience as a second-generation Canadian whose family immigrated from Burma. She interrogates processes and consequences of assimilation, such as loss of language, traditions, and culture. Currently, her study has directed her towards the past, looking to the histories of her parents and other family members in order to understand the foundations of where they come from.

Cheyenne Rain LeGrande

Cheyenne Rain LeGrande is a Nehiyaw Isko artist. She is currently living and working on the territories of the Musquem, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh nations. Cheyenne is a part of the Skwachays Lodge artist residency program and has recently graduated from Emily Carr University where she majored in visual art. She has received the Moment Factory Award for her piece in the Emily Carr grad show. Her work often explores the interconnection between indigenous history and the indigenous body. She works through an interdisciplinary lens; moving through installation, video, sound, and performance art.

Reyhaneh Yazdani

Reyhaneh Yazdani holds a MArch from the University of Tehran, Iran. Her focus on relationality and interdisciplinary approaches towards art and architecture led her to continue her education in the MFA program at Emily Carr University in 2017. Through her work, research, writing and teaching, Yazdani critiques conventional architectural practices and explores how art and design modifications and interventions can activate space. In her current installations, she reflects on her family stories and tries to reread and reinterpret these stories through her material practice. She uses stories to speak of different forms of knowledge/experience transfers between generations, cultures and disciplines. Her installations are performative gestures in the space that tend to express and narrate the poetics of relations.

Florence Yee

Florence Yee is a 2.5 generation, Cantonese-struggling visual artist based in Tkaronto/Toronto and Tiohtià:ke/Montreal. Their interest in Cantonese-Canadian history has informed an art practice examining diasporic subjectivities through the lens of gender, racialization, queerness, and language. Having graduated with a BFA from Concordia University, they are now pursuing an MFA at OCAD U in Interdisciplinary Art, Media and Design as a SSHRC recipient and Delaney Scholar. They are represented by Studio Sixty-Six.



Acknowledgment

Diane would like to thank Yun-Jou Chang, Emma Richards and the Centre A Board for their help and support throughout this exhibition. She would also like to thank all the participating artist, her family, Bob MacIntyre and the Chinatown community for helping her discover a little more about her own identity. 

This exhibition, a part of Centre A’s Curatorial Skills Development Mentorship program is generously supported by donations from Hank Bull, Beth Carter, Tyler Russell, and A&D Art Consultant as well as sponsorship from McMedia AV Services and UBC Art History, Visual Art and Theory Department. 


Accessibility: The gallery is wheelchair friendly. If you have specific accessibility needs, please contact us at (604) 683-8326.


This exhibition takes place on the unceded Coast Salish territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples.


Thomas Lin & George Ho: Intersection – Two Cities

April 26 – June 4, 2019

Intersection-Two Cities is an ongoing collaboration by photographer Thomas Lin (Hong Kong) and installation artist George Ho (Canada). Comprised of a series of poetic tête-bêche images where the urban landscape of Hong Kong and Vancouver merge and blur, the exhibition traces a transpacific partnership of thirty years even as it meditates upon questions of memory, history, and chance.

This project was inspired by Yichang Liu’s influential novel, Intersection (1972)

Special Events:

Opening Reception: April 26, 2019 | 7-9pm

*Artist in attendance

Thomas Lin carries out conceptual photography. The principal theme in his works is the relationship among time, history and fate. With attention to the history of photography and careful combination of processes, he builds a body of works as a dialogue between contemporary and historical perspectives on everyday life.

George Ho began to develop an interest in multimedia arts in Hong Kong in the 1980s and he later moved to Canada to further his studies in the 90s. He acquired a Master of Fine Arts in University of Victoria and built up a body of work which involved dreamy images and high technology. Currently stationed in Vancouver, George is continuing to create formally eccentric sculpture and installation for exhibitions in North America and Asia.


Accessibility: The gallery is wheelchair friendly. If you have specific accessibility needs, please contact us at (604) 683-8326.

This exhibition takes place on the unceded Coast Salish territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples.

Samson Young: It’s a heaven over there

Samson Young, Da Da Company, 2019, animated video

February 23 – June 4, 2019
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It’s a heaven over there is the first solo exhibition in Canada by celebrated Hong Kong artist Samson Young. Situated in a cavernous gallery in a pink walled, neon-lit, 1980s era shopping mall in Vancouver’s ever gentrifying Chinatown, this multimedia installation originates from Young’s archival research on Won Alexander Cumyow, the first person of Chinese descent born in Canada, and mobilizes Centre A’s location in a former retail mall to stage a double vision of global retrotopianism.

In this exhibition, the contemporary retrotopian impulse that remembers once-vibrant mall fountain courts as town squares becomes an entryway into the poetics of the diasporic imagination. It’s a heaven over there continues Young’s interest in shifting topologies, the modern nation-state, and cosmopolitan social imaginaries, and will feature a new body of works on paper, an animated music video, and archival materials.

Special Events
Opening Reception – February 23, 2019 | 7-9 pm*
Artist Talk – February 24, 2019 | 2 pm*

*Artist in attendance

Samson Young is a highly regarded composer, sound and media artist based in Hong Kong, holding a PhD in Music Composition from Princeton University. With a formal cross-cultural training in music composition, he draws from multicultural paradigms to weave a symphony of image and sound, touching upon the recurring topics of identity, war and literature. Young is the member of multiple bands and has collaborated with orchestras worldwide. He has had solo exhibitions at the Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Centre for Contemporary Chinese Art in Manchester, M+ Pavilion in Hong Kong, and Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, among others. In 2017, he represented Hong Kong in the 57th Venice Biennale. Group exhibitions include Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Biennale of Sydney; National Museum of Art, Osaka; National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul; and documenta 14: documenta radio. Furthermore, he has participated in multiple festivals, as well as been the recipient of several prizes, including the 2015 BMW Art Journey Award and 2018 Hong Kong Art Centre Honorary Fellowship. Further awards include Artist of the Year (Hong Kong Arts Development Council), Prix Ars Electronica, and the Bloomberg Emerging Artist Award.

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Acknowledgements

We are deeply grateful to Samson Young for his dedication to this project and his unflinching creative gaze. It’s a heaven over there is the result of countless conversations over many years. It would not exist without the extensive journey of listening and learning undertaken by the Centre A team, particularly Executive Director/Curator Tyler Russell, Deputy Director Natalie Tan, who provided the impetus for this project and without whose contributions this exhibition would not be possible. We owe our deepest thanks to Tyler Russell, and later Godfre Leung, for their curatorial oversight. We also thank Yun-Jou Chang, Joni Cheung, Shizen Jambor and Emma Richards for their contributions. 

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This exhibition takes place on the unceded Coast Salish territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples.