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Terra dos Chinês Curio Shop
Karen Tam: Collection of the China Institute of the University
of Frankfurt at the Weltkulturen Museum
Awarded a Canada Council for the Arts Project Grant
Écho 2: L'histoire à contre-courant / Against
the Grain of History
In Emily Carr’s journals, she mentions Lee Nam, a Chinese immigrant
to British Columbia, who was a painter and a friend of hers. He had put
on small exhibitions in Victoria and Carr herself tried to get him more
recognition. As an early immigrant to Canada, in a place and landscape
that was unfamiliar and strange, how did he respond to being, in a sense,
in exile and away from home? My installation for the Mendel will re-imagine
what Lee Nam’s studio in 1930s Victoria might have looked and contained.
This project will include works done in collaboration and in conversation
with Montréal-based painter, Lui Luk Chun, a senior artist in his
seventies, reflecting the traditional ideals and expectations of what
a Chinese painter’s studio should include and the type of work done.
This would also express how Lui himself an immigrant and traditional Chinese
landscape painter, has interpreted the Canadian landscape and his experiences
in this country.
I will be exploring the MMFA’s collection of Chinese art and artefacts, and delving into their archives to learn more about the history of the collection and those of other Montréalers in the early 20th century as part of a long-term investigation on the marked attention devoted to China and its arts from the 1920s onwards in Québec. What were the Montréal and MMFA connections to the Jesuit T’ou-Se-We orphanage and its art workshops in Shanghai in the first half of the 20th century? You can follow my sleuthing and residency activities on my Pumpkin Sauce blog
Deutsche Börse Residency
Couriers of Taste: History, cultures, collecting and consumerism
Everyone Was Mushu Fighting! is a pink vinyl cut-out of dragons chasing after a plate of mushu pork, installed on the glass staircase at the National Glass Centre (Sunderland, UK) more
Breathe Chongqing 2009 residency at 501 Artspace, co-organized by Chinese Arts Centre in Manchester (Chongqing, China) (view)
Books and publications
Chapter in The Changing Landscape of China's Consumerism
(2014) ed. Alison Hulme.
The Changing Landscape of China's Consumerism looks at the growth of consumerism in China from both a socio-economic and a political/cultural angle. It examines changing trends in consumption in China as well as the impact of these trends on society, and the politics and culture surrounding them. It examines the ways in which, despite needing to "unlock" the spending power of the rural provinces, the Chinese authorities are also keen to maintain certain attitudes towards the Communist Party and socialism "with Chinese Characteristics."
Eating Chinese: Culture on the Menu in Small Town Canada (2010)
by Lily Cho.
Sweet & Sour: Life in Chinese Family Restaurants
by John Jung
Exhibition catalog of Karen Tam, curated by Mary Jane Jacob, at CUE Arts Foundation (New York, NY) available from CUE Art Foundation.
Chinese Firecrackers CD. Music of the 19th and early 20th century as interpreted by David Hancock, Robert Tam, Karen Tam, and Ying Kwok. Limited edition of 50.
Gold Mountain Restaurant Montagne d'Or published by MAI (Montréal, arts interculturels) with contributions from Françoise Bélu, Marcel Blouin, Sylvie Lachance, Day's Lee
Available from MAI, Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal bookstore, Musée de beaux-arts de Montréal bookstore.
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