Chun Hua Catherine Dong: At the Edge of Two Worlds

Display Date: 
February 11, 2023 – April 25, 2023
Level 3 Natural Light Art Gallery

The work of Chun Hua Catherine Dong blurs the boundaries of here and there, the actual and the virtual, as she considers how ideas of home and self are changing with the rise of digitalization and globalization. Working in 3D printing, augmented reality, performance art, photography, video, and virtual reality, Dong explores the body—often her own body—to activate social commentary on gender, cultural identity, migration and digital diaspora. Throughout, envisioned futures dissolve binaries and borders as identity is lost, created and re-created.

About the Artist

Chun Hua Catherine Dong (She/ They) is a Chinese-born Tiohtià:ke/ Montreal-based multimedia artist working with performance, photography, video, installation, AR, VR and 3D printing. Dong received an MFA from Concordia University and BFA from Emily Carr University Art and Design. Dong’s work has been exhibited in many national and international venues, such as: Montréal International Digital Art Biennial (BIAN),Quebec City Biennial, MOMENTA | Biennale de l’image, MAC VAL in France, Museo de la Cancillería in Mexico City, Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, DongGang Museum of Photograph in South Korea, He Xiangning Art Museum in Shenzhen, Hamilton Art Gallery, Varley Art Gallery of Markham and so on. Dong was the recipient of the Franklin Furnace Award for performance art in New York in 2014. Dong was also a finalist for Contemporary Art Award at Le Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec 2020, and awarded with Cultural Diversity in Visual Arts by the Conseil des arts de Montréal in 2021. 

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Image credit:  Chun Hua Catherine Dong with Kudo Albus. Mulan (2022). Virtual reality. Image courtesy of the artist. (detail)