CHU HUA CATHERINE DONG
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.