Vancouver International Centre for Contemporary Asian Art

We cast Spells on the Mothers of our Daughters and Daughters of our Mothers

Mitra Mahmoodi, Aftabeh, 2018, earthenware clay, dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist.

 

We cast Spells on the Mothers of our Daughters and Daughters of our Mothers

View the exhibition in the gallery and online at

centrea.org/we-cast-spells-online (going live on August 14, at 6 PM PST)

Online Opening Reception: 

August 14, 2020, 6 – 8 PM PST via Zoom 

Join here.

Gallery Hours:

Wednesday to Friday, 12 PM – 5 PM, or by appointment*, as of August 14, 2020

*Due to uncertainties imposed by the global pandemic, please refer to our website or social media in case of any changes to our gallery hours. If you would like to make an appointment outside of the hours above, please email us in advance at info@centrea.org and we will try our best to accommodate your request.

Public Program:

Online Screening & Artist’s Talk: Yen-Chao Lin 

September 2020 (TBA)

Presented in partnership with Cinevolution Media Arts Society

This exhibition, We cast Spells on the Mothers of our Daughters and Daughters of our Mothers, brings together works by artists Yen-Chao Lin, Mitra Mahmoodi, Parvin Peivandi, Denisa Rahma, and Fiona Yujie Zhao. The exhibition centres on inherited cultural memories, magic, and rituals, and how they are complicated, and in turn reiterated in a contemporary context over time and through the diasporas.

It navigates diverse concepts and an array of cultural perspectives and locations, such as the filming of spaces that were once sacred and occupied by the Indigenous Amis sorcerers off the eastern coast of Taiwan, only to be disrupted and reconstituted by the colonization of the Spanish; the utilization, texturing and dissection of Persian carpets and weaving as a means of contemplating rituals of death, memory and analysis of the lives and reflections of women carpet weavers; the critiquing of themes of ritual, spirituality, and ostentation through calligraphy and ceramics in Iran. Furthermore, it explores themes of the occult, magic, and melancholy through staged photography and the play of iconography and traditional textiles from Jakarta as well as the speculation of inherited magic and spirituality that retains and transforms in the unconscious mind and body, through the medium of paint.

To rethink and contextualize these abstract understandings of identity through inherited memory, the artists connect through cultural material, place, and objects, to reimagine it in terms of modern dialogues and new identities.

Curated by Hana Amani, Curatorial Skills Development Intern

Sponsor:

Centre for Comparative Muslim Studies at Simon Fraser University

Lead Patrons:

Anonymous, Anonymous, Anonymous


Accessibility: The gallery is wheelchair and walker accessible. If you have specific accessibility needs, please contact us at (604) 683-8326 or info@centrea.org.

Centre A is situated on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded Coast Salish territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples. We honour, respect, and give thanks to our hosts.

Experimental Relationship (for your eyes only, or maybe mine, too)

Pixy Liao, The Hug by the Pond, 2010, photography. Courtesy of the artist.

 

Pixy Liao: Experimental Relationship (for your eyes only, or maybe mine, too)

View the exhibition online here, until December 31, 2020:

centrea.org/pixy-liao-online

Opening Reception: Friday, April 3, 2020, 6 – 9 PM

Due to the unforeseen circumstances of COVID-19, we have decided to cancel our opening reception of Brooklyn-based artist Pixy Liao’s exhibition; however, we are thrilled to announce that we will be launching an online gallery as of April 3, 2020, to share Pixy’s works from the exhibition as part of Capture Photography Festival 2020, and will also be having Pixy as our guest Instagram artist in the following weeks to come (follow us on Instagram @centre_a).

Online Artist Talk: Saturday, April 18, 2020, 1 – 3 PM

Register here.

For more information: centrea.org/2020/04/online-artist-talk-pixy-liao

In partnership with the David Lam Centre at the Simon Fraser University 

Brooklyn-based artist Pixy Liao’s ongoing project, Experimental Relationship, dwells on sociocultural tendencies, power play, and emotional sustenance by examining the dynamics of her personal, romantic relationship, performed with photography and printed matter. Since 2007, the Chinese-born artist has staged photographs and live performances with her Japanese boyfriend, Moro, in keen attempts to balance, reverse, or subvert cultural traditions and gendered behaviours in a seemingly tongue-in-cheek, yet graceful manner. The sometimes-surreal images created throughout the process signal some of the traditional values and views of intimacy that are dictating interactions between the two lovers; they also point to a broader context in which gender dynamics and gendered expectations are questioned: Who is leading the relationship, who has the deciding voice in decision making, and who is gazing. Pixy and Moro’s relationship, in a way activated (not documented) by the project, has also been growing with it. Accompanying the photographic works and acting as an extension of Experimental Relationship in the exhibition is Pimo Dictionary, a collection of hybrids of Chinese, Japanese, English words and phrases as well as slangs, which was inspired by Pixy and Moro’s communication barriers.

This exhibition at Centre A provides a rare platform for discussing intricacies of romance, sex, and desire within a culturally specific framework, against the western backdrop of the fetishization of Asian women and the denial of Asian masculinity.

The exhibition is Pixy Liao’s first solo exhibition in Canada.

Born and raised in Shanghai, China, Pixy Liao is an artist currently resides in Brooklyn, New York. She is a recipient of NYFA Fellowship in photography, Santo Foundation Individual Artist Awards, Jimei x Arles International Photo Festival Madame Figaro Women Photographers Award, En Foco’s New Works Fellowship and LensCulture Exposure Awards, etc. She has done artist residencies at the University of Arts London, School of Visual Arts RISO Lab, Pioneer Works, Light Work, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Center for Photography at Woodstock, and Camera Club of New York.

Liao has participated in exhibitions and performances in institutions internationally, including the UCCA Center for Contemporary Art (Beijing, China); He Xiangning Art Museum (Shenzhen, China); the Museum of Sex (New York, USA); Asia Society (Houston, USA); Open Eye Gallery (Liverpool, UK); Chambers Fine Art (NY); Leo Xu Projects (Shanghai, China); and Firstdraft Gallery (Sydney, Australia). Liao holds an MFA in photography from the University of Memphis.

Curated by Henry Heng Lu

This exhibition is part of the 2020 Capture Photography Festival Selected Exhibition Program and supported by a Tricera Print Grant.


Accessibility: The gallery is wheelchair and walker accessible. If you have specific accessibility needs, please contact us at (604) 683-8326 or info@centrea.org.

Centre A is situated on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded Coast Salish territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples. We honour, respect, and give thanks to our hosts.