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Fang Di, Triumph in the Skies, 2017

Vtape presents

OMG, it’s a Party!
Curated by Call Again (Henry Heng Lu + Winnie Wu)

September 7 – 29, 2018

OPENING RECEPTION
Friday, September 7, 2018
6-8pm
Curator’s talk @6:30pm

Works by Fang Di (Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea), Jennifer Chan (Toronto, Ontario), Lesley Loksi Chan (Dundas, Ontario), Will Kwan (Toronto, Ontario), Alvin Luong (Toronto, Ontario), and Karen Tam (Montréal, Québec).

Bachir/Yerex Presentation Space
4th floor @401 Richmond St. W., suite 452
Open Tuesday – Friday, 11am-5pm, Saturday 1-5pm

To open the fall season at Vtape, we have invited the curatorial collective, Call Again (Henry Heng Lu and Winnie Wu) to put together an exhibition that reflected their commitment to create space for contemporary diasporic artistic practices and to expand the notion of Asian art in the context of North America and beyond. They have brought us OMG, it’s a Party! In their own words:

“Join the party of your dreams: dance party, birthday party, tea party, makeshift party, your local political party (that no one votes for).

“Party like there is no tomorrow!

OMG, It’s a Party! is an experimental and curious multimedia project that offers views on expanding and challenging the concept of party as a form of social interaction, as well as representations of a political entity. First initiated through wordplay, and then activated by a composition of moving image and installation works by Canadian and international artists, the project foregrounds and inquires into the cultural and political implications of party and its intricacies in the context of a contemporary society. In OMG, It’s a Party!, there is party for one person, for politically engaged individuals, for racialized bodies, and for culturally isolated communities. It sets out to develop new possibilities: Party is for everyone, tangible or intangible; it’s a call and response.”

OMG, it’s a Party! includes: Will Kwan’s Cultural Revolutions that draws a parallel between historic events and rave culture; Karen Tam’s Karaoke Sessions that invites multi-lingual performances of old favourites; Utopian Social Club by Alvin Luong offering an EDM version of the Internationale; Fang Di’s Triumph of the Skies making wishes into faces for three flight attendants; Lesley Loksi Chan’s Have a Happy Birthday, Lesley that is hilariously sad; and Jennifer Chan’s installation Body Party that puts the party where it longs to be – in bed.

Keep an eye out for the screening of video works specifically drawn from Vtape’s collection which accompanies OMG, it’s a Party!.

Titles by Winston Xin, Lesley Loksi Chan, Gordon Wong, Paul Wong and Yau Ching make up this program.

WHEN: Friday September 28, 7pm followed by the Slow Dance Party with a playlist put together by Call Again in homage to their creative influences.

Finally, there is the After Party on October 13, organized by Alvin Luong, a discussion that dissects the exhibition’s interpretation of the word ‘party’ with participants involved in art, music, dance, and rave culture.

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CALL AGAIN

Henry Heng Lu is a Toronto-based artist, curator, and programmer of moving images. Lu primarily works with video, photography, and performance to investigate often-overlooked narratives surrounding cultural identities (especially what Chineseness entails) and inequalities in the twenty-first century by examining values, doubts, insecurities, and vulnerabilities. He is Co-founder and Curator of Call Again. He holds a Master of Visual Studies degree from the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design, University of Toronto. Currently, he is Artistic Director at Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre in Kingston, Ontario.

Winnie Yanjing Wu is an artist, filmmaker and editor based in Beijing. Wu received her MFA in Documentary Media from Ryerson University and HBA in Visual Studies from the University of Toronto. Her videos and photo-based works have been exhibited in galleries and festivals including CONTACT Photography Festival, Art Museum at the University of Toronto, Reel Asian, and Gallery 50, as well as featured in multiple publications. Wu is a co-founder and programmer of Call Again. She currently works at Archdaily, an online publishing platform that broadcasts art and architecture worldwide.

The exhibition is accompanied by a Screening of video works specifically drawn from Vtape’s collection, on September 28th followed by the Slow Dance Party with a playlist put together by Call Again in homage to their creative influences.

Then there is the After Party on October 13, organized by Alvin Luong, a discussion that dissects the exhibition’s interpretation of the word ‘party’ with participants involved in art, music, dance, and rave culture.


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401 Richmond St., suite 452
Toronto, ON  M5V 3A8
416 351-1317
Tuesday – Friday 11am – 5pm
(only during exhibitions) Saturday 1-5pm

Vtape acknowledges the generous support of all of our funders including The Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council and the Toronto Arts Council.

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