Upcoming & current activities

Far and Near: the Distance(s) between Us
Curated by Henry Heng Lu September 6 - October 28, 2017
Art Museum at the University of Toronto/ Justina M. Barnicke Gallery (Toronto, ON)

Nous sommes tous les brigands / We are all robbers
Touring solo exhibition, curated by Marcel Blouin

November 11, 2017 - February 4, 2018, Expression, Centre d'exposition de Saint-Hyacinthe (Saint-Hyacinthe, QC)
February 15 - May 27, 2018, Musée régional de Rimouski (Rimouski, QC)
Spring 2019, Plein sud, centre d'art actuel à Longueuil (Longueuil, QC)
Autumn 2019, Musée des beaux-arts de Sherbrooke (Sherbrooke, QC)

With wings like clouds hung from the sky 大鵬就振翼
June 3 - September 4, 2017
The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (Victoria, BC)

As part of Gendai Gallery's food multiple series, MMMMM...Gendai Kitchen
Project launch: July 6, 2017



-Read about my current favourite things on Akimbo's “Hit List”
-Priegart, Portia. "Karen Tam's Chinatown Studio, Galleries West," June 18 (online)
-Mavrikakis, Nicolas. “Montréal réinventée, un oeuvre à la fois,”Le Devoir (Montréal), May 27


-Longlisted for the Sobey Art Award 2016
-Nominated finalist for the Prix en art actuel du Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec
-Delgado, Jérôme. “Sur la route de l'artiste Karen Tam” Le Devoir (Montréal), December 17
-Zhang, Muhan. "Fakes, fetishes, and furniture," The McGill Daily, September 12


Past activities

Souvenirs from the Jasmine Café
March 20-June, 2017
SIGHTINGS, Leonard & Ellen Bina Art Gallery
Concordia University (Montréal, QC)

Silk Road: Storm-Detectors, Blood-Sweating Horses, and Constellations
November 12 - December 22, 2016
Galerie Hugues Charbonneau (Montréal, QC)

November 23, 2016 - February 12, 2017
Musée d'art contemporain des Laurentides (Saint-Jérôme, QC)

Des mimes et des mites
November 24, 2016 - January 24, 2017
Conseil des Arts de Montréal (Montréal, QC)


Books and publications

Chapter in The Changing Landscape of China's Consumerism (2014) ed. Alison Hulme.
Published by Chandos Publishing

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.
Published by the University of Toronto Press (link)


Sweet & Sour: Life in Chinese Family Restaurants by John Jung
Published by Yin & Yang Press(buy)

"Sweet and Sour examines the history of Chinese family restaurants in the U. S. and Canada. The goal of Sweet and Sour is to understand how the small Chinese family restaurants functioned. Narratives provided by 10 Chinese who grew up in their family restaurants in all parts of the North America provide valuable insights on the role that this ethnic business had on their lives. Is there any future for this type of immigrant enterprise in the modern world of franchised and corporate owned eateries or will it soon, like the Chinese laundry, be a relic of history."

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.

Listen to excerpts. Available here and Chinese Arts Centre.

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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