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Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden
578 Carrall Street, Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 5K2
Join us in the Scholar's Study of Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden as Paul Wong talks about the idea behind his «Haam Sui Fow Wun Goh Wah (Saltwater City Vancouver)» text piece and his year-long residency at the garden. The talk will be followed by a Q&A session.
— OCCUPYING CHINATOWN is Paul Wong’s year-long artist residency at the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden that launched in Spring 2018. Wong will be creating a series of multidisciplinary artworks based on 700 letters in Chinese sent by 90 writers to his mother Suk-Fong Wong.
This residency will evoke memories and loss for the generations of Chinese-Canadians who built a community within a segregated Chinatown. OCCUPYING CHINATOWN throughout the seasons will feature collaborative contemporary works of art with various artists, and will engage visitors and communities with diverse programming,
workshops, performances, events, and a book.
Summer exhibition: July 13 to September 23, 2018
The first new site-specific work to be created as part of this residency is 鹹水埠溫哥華/Haam Sui Fow Wun Goh Wah (Saltwater City-Vancouver). These two text pieces acknowledge Chinatown’s Toisanese settlers, and are presented at the Garden: one “wooden” and the other neon.
In addition, there is an exhibition of LAIWAN’s film Movement for Two Grannies: Five Variations in the Scholar’s Study. This piece features two Chinese grannies engaged in a moment of intimate and affectionate friendship.