Andrea Chung: Daughters of Oshun and Yemeya


Midwives II, 2017, Collage and ink, 14″ x 17″

Centre[3] for Artistic + Social Practice presents:

Daughters of Oshun and Yemeya
Andrea Chung

February 25 – April 3, 2021
Artist talk: Saturday March 20, 1:30 pm

Curated by Sally Frater

Working across video, installation, and collage Andrea Chung’s multidisciplinary practice explores the various impacts that colonization has had on both bodies and the landscape, particularly those located in and tied to the Caribbean. The online exhibition Daughters of Oshun and Yemeya is drawn from three separate but related series of works on paper: Midwives touches on the long history of midwifery in Jamaica, referencing its incorporation of West African birthing rituals and the reverence that practitioners held for the profession; Colostrum references the historical exploitation of Black breast milk that continues to the present day, while Vex disrupts the Eurocentric gaze inherent in “carte-de-visite” postcard photography. While functioning as a type of rhizomatic archive that offers a glimpse into diasporic histories and narratives which are frequently overlooked, the works collectively present a confluence of issues of care, labour, maternal health, gender, and resistance.

Andrea Chung (b. 1978, Newark, NJ) lives and works in San Diego, California. She received a BFA from Parsons School of Design, New York, and a MFA from Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore. Her recent biennale and museum exhibitions include the Addison Museum of American Art, Prospect 4, New Orleans and the Jamaican Biennale, Kingston, Jamaica, as well as the Chinese American Museum and California African American Museum in Los Angeles, and the San Diego Art Institute. In 2017, her first solo museum exhibition took place at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, You broke the ocean in half to be here. She has participated in national and international residencies including the Vermont Studio Center, McColl Center for Visual Arts, Headlands Center for the Arts, and Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Her work has been written about in the Artfile Magazine, New Orleans Times, Picayune, Artnet, The Los Angeles Times, and International Review of African-American Art among others. Her work is included in collections such as the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, Rhode Island School of Design Museum, NoVo Foundation, Cleveland Clinic Art & Medicine Institute, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Davis Museum at Wesley College, and the Addison Museum of American Art.

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This exhibition is generously supported by the Ontario Arts Council.

The artist talk is generously supported by the Canada Council for the Arts.