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Rethinking Canada 150: Networks and Nodes in Asian Canadian Visual Culture

April 12, 2017 at 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Location:Korean Cultural Centre (150 Elgin Street, Unit 101)
Key Contact:Victoria Nolte

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The Canada 150: Asian Canadians in Visual Culture project is proud to present Rethinking Canada 150: Networks and Nodes in Asian Canadian Visual Culture, the final meeting in a series of workshops and conferences in New York, Montreal, and Ottawa that examine Asian Canadians in visual culture – their presence, visibility, contributions, and challenges. Featuring a keynote address by Vancouver-based artist Jin-me Yoon, as well as a full day of panel presentations and discussions, the conference welcomes scholars, students, and cultural workers engaged in Asian Canadian and Asian diasporic research creation, and cultural engagement.

The first day of the conference, April 12, begins at 1:00pm at the Korean Cultural Centre with a round table of artist talks by Jinny Yu (Ottawa), Jacqueline Hoàng Nguyễn (Stockholm/Montreal), and Sarindar Dhaliwal (Toronto). Following this discussion is a panel featuring curators and scholars who will speak to the challenges and ethics of curating Asian diasporic art. We will wrap up the first day with a plenary discussion that will help steer the conversation to linkages beyond the nation, negotiating the politics of transnational exchanges as they pertain to conceptions of ‘Global Asias.’

The second day of the conference, April 13, begins at 10:00am with a tour of the Canada Art Bank’s collection of works by culturally and racially diverse artists in Canada. The tour is followed by a workshop that will highlight networks and nodes in the study of Asian diasporic contemporary art. We will then reconvene at the National Gallery at 6:00pm for a keynote lecture by Vancouver-based artist and professor Jin-me Yoon (Simon Fraser University), whose presentation, “Postcards from The Long View: Nationalism, Transnationalism and Relationalism” will address her practice, with attention to her new body of photographic postcards, The Long View.

This conference is organized as part of the Canada 150: Asian Canadians in Visual Culture project, which marks Canada’s 150th anniversary by signaling 2017 as a key moment to address the representation of Asian Canadians in visual culture. A partnership between Concordia University, Carleton University, New York University, and the University of British Columbia, Canada 150: Asian Canadians in Visual Culture is a SSHRC-funded collaborative research project initiated by Alice Ming Wai Jim (Concordia), Ming Tiampo (Carleton), Christopher Lee (UBC), and Alexandra Chang (NYU). The project brings together researchers, cultural practitioners and community organizers through a series of workshops, conference meetings, and public lectures in New York, Montreal, and Ottawa.

This conference is also generously supported by the Institute for Comparative Studies in Literature, Art and Culture (ISCLAC), the Centre for Transnational Cultural Analysis (CTCA), the School for Studies in Art and Culture, the Korean Cultural Centre, the Canada Council for the Arts (Art Bank), and the National Gallery of Canada. Special thanks to all of our conference and workshop participants, note takers, graduate student committee, and volunteers.