CHU HUA CATHER­INE DONG

Canadian Art - - Generously Supported By Rbc -

As a reg­u­lar par­tic­i­pant in bi­en­ni­als and fes­ti­vals world­wide, Mon­treal-based Chun Hua Cather­ine Dong is po­si­tion­ing her­self as a key player on the in­ter­na­tional per­for­mance art cir­cuit. On the heels of her ex­hi­bi­tion “Visual Poet­ics of Em­bod­ied Shame” at Ace Art Inc. in Win­nipeg, she is pre­par­ing for an­other solo ex­hi­bi­tion at Mod­ern Fuel in Kingston in 2018. Every time the artist trav­els she builds on the on­go­ing se­ries I have been There (2015–), in which she lies on the ground cov­ered in Chi­nese silk-bro­cade fab­ric. It is cus­tom­ary in Dong’s home­town in China for daugh­ters to cover their lost el­ders in this man­ner, and given her un­cer­tainty as to whom she will be buried by, she opts to bury her­self—pub­licly and re­peat­edly. In To Be­gin (2016–), she strug­gles to hold a pile of his­tory books, re­peat­edly drop­ping them and record­ing the ex­act time of her failed at­tempts. High­light­ing the in­evitabil­ity of col­lapse in to­day’s so­ciopo­lit­i­cal cli­mate, Dong’s re­peated fail­ures cause a mo­men­tary re­lease, and her du­ra­tional per­for­mances in­ves­ti­gate how the body acts as a me­di­a­tor through­out time and space, and across bor­ders. ■ Chun Hua Cather­ine Dong I have been There – Man­ches­ter 2016 Per­for­mance and pho­tog­ra­phy PHOTO INES VALLE RBC is pas­sion­ately com­mit­ted to sup­port­ing emerg­ing artists across Canada and in­ter­na­tion­ally, and is proud to part­ner with Cana­dian Art on this Spot­light se­ries.

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