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SUM Gallery presents
Karin Lee: QueerSUM

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Small Pleasures by Karin Lee.

Opening Reception: May 12, 2018 - 2 to 4pm
Exhibition Dates: May 12 to August 18, 2018
Artist Talk: May 17, 2018 - 7pm

Curated by Paul Wong and SD Holman

Queer-sum: a “Chinglish” translation and play on the words Queer Love, alludes to queer attraction that people experience, even though they believe themselves to be straight identified—or queer-sum (sum=heart=love).

My Sweet Peony, a 2-channel remix of Karin Lee’s classic shot in 16mm film, is fantastical and spins a tale of sexuality, gender, and desire, featuring Sook-Yin Lee and Tommy Wong.

Portrait of a Girl, is a peek into the life of Han Dong Qing, a cage dancer working in Beijing.

Small Pleasures, a period drama set in Barkerville BC, tells the story of women from very different worlds trying to convey complex ideas about feminist resistance.

The works not only investigate sentiments of being “Queer-sum,” but pay tribute to Vancouver’s Chinatown—where Lee spent her childhood—and examine the underlying racism which contributed to the very creation of “Chinatowns” amidst the colonization of Indigenous peoples.

QueerSUM 心 is the inaugural exhibition at SUM Gallery, Canada’s only queer multidisciplinary gallery.

Presentation Partner: On Main Gallery.

About the Artist
Born and raised in Vancouver, Karin Lee is a unique storyteller whose critical voice and perspective touches on the past and the present, both local and international. An artist who constantly traverses new territory, Lee challenges film and media forms and addresses new audiences. Themes of trans-Pacific migration, gender, identity and intercultural contact surface in her documentaries. Lee received the Mayor’s Arts Award for Film and New Media Artist in 2014 and the Spotlight Award from Vancouver Women in Film and Video Society in 2017.


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About SUM Gallery
SUM Gallery is one of the only permanent spaces worldwide dedicated to the presentation of queer art. SUM produces, presents and exhibits with a curatorial vision favouring challenging, thought-provoking multidisciplinary work that pushes boundaries and initiates dialogue. Internationally-known for producing the annual Queer Arts Festival, recognized as one of the top 5 festivals of its kind worldwide (Melbourne Herald Sun), SUM brings diverse communities together to support artistic risk-taking, incite creative collaboration and experimentation, and celebrate the rich heritage of queer artists and art.

SUM Gallery
#425-268 Keefer Street, Vancouver BC V6A 1X5
Tuesday to Saturday, 12 to 6pm - admission by donation
info@queerartsfestival.com
queerartsfestival.com
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Contact
Kimberly Sayson
778.558.5614
ksayson@queerartsfestival.com


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My Sweet Peony by Karin Lee.

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