Chun Hua Catherine Dong: Virtual Artist Talk

Chun Hua Catherine Dong

Wednesday, November 16, 2022
12:30 PM to 1:30 PM
Presented on Zoom, Registration is required

Join us as artist Chun Hua Catherine Dong explores her two major bodies of work currently on display at the Varley Art Gallery, Skin Deep (2014-20) and I Have Been There (2015-ongoing), elaborating on their origins and genesis, and how they relate to her practice as a whole. The artist will also share some of her most recent works, including her use of 3D printing and virtual reality.

Lunch and Learn

Our virtual artist talks provide our community members with the opportunity to learn about current and future exhibitions, as well as hear about ongoing curatorial research happening at the gallery. This program also supports emerging and established artists by providing them with a forum in which to present their work. We would like to thank the Varley-McKay Art Foundation of Markham for their ongoing support of our Lunch and Learn speaker’s series.

About the exhibition

Chun Hua Catherine Dong
September 17, 2022 to January 8, 2023
Organized in collaboration with the Art Gallery of Hamilton
Curated by Tara Ng

Chun Hua Catherine Dong brings together two major performance and photographic series by the Chinese-born, Montreal-based artist—Skin Deep (2014–20) and I Have Been There (2015–ongoing)—along with a selection of recent VR (Virtual Reality), AR (Augmented Reality), and 3D-printed works that address themes of diaspora, gender, and belonging. Dong reinterprets traditional Chinese symbols and practices to explore her hybrid cultural identity, navigate her ambivalent relationship to her homeland, and challenge social binaries and stereotypes.

About the artist

Chun Hua Catherine Dong is a Chinese-born Montreal-based artist working with performance, photography, video, AR, VR and 3D printing. Dong received an MFA from Concordia University and BFA from Emily Carr University Art & Design. Dong’s work has been exhibited in many national and international venues. Dong was the recipient of the Franklin Furnace Award for performance art in New York in 2014 and listed the “10 Artists Who Are Reinventing History” by Canadian Art in 2017. Dong was a finalist for Contemporary Art Award at Le Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec 2020 and awarded with Cultural Diversity in Visual Arts from the Conseil des arts de Montréal in 2021.


About the Varley Art Gallery of Markham

The Varley Art Gallery of Markham is a vital cultural hub for artists and diverse communities. A municipal gallery, we create critical conversations about Canadian art and society. We inspire local and national audiences to engage with art through outstanding exhibitions and rich public and educational programs relevant to the communities we serve. We support artists from York region and seek to broaden access to the arts for diverse artists and cultural groups. We also share and celebrate the life and work of F.H. Varley, a founding member of the Group of Seven.

The Varley Art Gallery is situated on the traditional territories of Indigenous Peoples including the Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe. We are committed to reconciliation, partnership and enhanced understanding.


Varley Art Gallery of Markham
216 Main Street Unionville, Markham, ON, L3R 2H1
905.477.7000 ext. 3261 | varley@markham.ca

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The gallery is open Tuesday to Friday, and Sunday, 12 PM to 4PM and on Saturdays from 10 AM to 5 PM

Admission is free. Our venue is accessible, with automatic door openers to enter the building and exhibition spaces. One accessible washroom is available.

For more information or questions, please contact:
Anik Glaude, Curator
aglaude@markham.ca

Image credits: [1] Chun Hua Catherine Dong, Courtesy of the artist. [2] Installation view, Chun Hua Catherine Dong, Varley Art Gallery of Markham, 2022. Photo: Toni Hafkenscheid. [3] Varley Art Gallery of Markham.