Localisation : 1415 Peel
Chun Hua Catherine Dong is a Chinese born Montreal based visual artist working with performance, photography, and video. She received a MFA from Concordia University and a BFA from Emily Carr University of Art + Design. She has performed in multiple international performance art festivals and venues, and her work has been exhibited at Quebec City Biennial, Canadian Museum of Immigration, the Musée d’art contemporain du Val-de-Marne (France), and Kaunas Biennial (Lithuania). She is one of the recipients of Franklin Furnace Award for contemporary avant-garde art in New York in 2014. She is also listed the “10 Artists Who Are Reinventing History” by Canadian Art magazine in 2017 and ‘‘Top Nine Political Art Projects of 2010’’ by Art and Threat magazine.
“Skin Deep” a series of photograph that explores surface of thing - face- in relation to Asian shame culture through performing self-portraits. In many Asian countries, shame is used as a tool of social control and harmony, as a way to prevent citizens— especially women—from acting in ways that might disrupt the status quo. In “Skin Deep,” I translate the word “shame” to a cultural symbol by masking my face in Chinese silk brocade fabric and create a series of ID-card photographs. The act of masking is a performance of submission to the powerful effects of shame in which I obliterate my own individuality while being completely absorbed into a cultural identity. “Skin Deep “is an act of drawing back the curtain and pointing to the deeply embedded feelings of shame that can cause women to hold back and stay silent, transforming the performative gestures into experiences and things that are understood to be universal and relatable.