Vancouver International Centre for Contemporary Asian Art
Our inaugural, 2016 Centre B Residency sponsored by Mondivan, supports the practice of two local artists engaged in work emerging from investigations of Asian-Canadian identity and the ongoing transformation of Vancouver’s urban environment. Taking place from September to December 2016, this residency will culminate in an artist talk on December 10th at 4pm.
Participating artists are Beverly Ho and Byron Peters.
Beverly Ho is a Chinese-Canadian artist based in and from Vancouver investigating her cross cultural settler identity through a mix of traditional and found materials. She is involved in community organizing in Chinatown with its elderly Chinese residents against gentrification and displacement.
Interested in signage, text, and language, Ho works through notions of meaning, message, and understanding. Her working process is intuitive and unpredictable, and she often subverts normalized Western tropes in creating her own landscapes and spaces. She makes in the muddy area that is her identity to address the thousands of years of Han Chinese history she carries. The disconnect Ho feels between her physical appearance and heritage because of nearly three generations broken off from tradition is a result of the Cultural Revolution and ensuing migration of her family. She is working in the past and the present, towards the future.
Byron Peters is a Vancouver-based artist and writer of Chinese-Canadian and European descent. His practice critically engages labour and materiality in the context of emerging technologies; economic imaginaries; prison education; and the effects of gentrification and displacement. During his residency at Centre A, Peters will be working with shifting geographies in Vancouver in relation to social histories of exodus and succession, and speculative notions of ‘the crowd.’
His works take the forms of sound, video, sculpture, and writing, and have been presented at ICA Miami; The Southbank Centre, London; The White Building, London; The Asian Art Museum of San Francisco; The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, New York; and The Victoria and Albert Museum, London. His current project Added Value, an audio score for an unviewable film, will be exhibited at Oi, Hong Kong, in November 2016.
Beverly Ho, Flowers, 2016
Byron Peters, Added Value, 2016, a film score for a far-future documentary on surplus value, Installation at Oi!, Hong Kong
Byron Peters, Sucessio, Concept Sketch Video Still #3, 2016