here-there listening room

here-there listening room

June 16 – July 17, 2022
Whippersnapper Gallery, Toronto

Is there a point where you can feel like you’ve done your due diligence to learn everything about your heritage? How do you reconnect with your culture and identity in moments when you feel too Canadian? Where do you consider home?

here-there listening room is a space that invites members of the Asian Canadian diaspora to contemplate these nuanced questions together. A community-driven exhibition, the listening room is centered around nineteen unguided audio stories shared by Asian Canadians across Canada. Each story is inextricably linked to the next, weaving a rich anthology of lived histories and experiences.

The immersive listening experience is supported by an evocative typographic window installation and newspaper takeaways featuring illustrations by Brian Jiang, Thamara Perera, and Lilian Sim. A custom-made communal table by local artist Matthew Wai Yiu Lee will feature prominently in the space.

The listening room is a gathering space for contemplation and conversation. It strives to amplify community voices, reflect the vast and varied experiences of individual community members, facilitate meaningful discussions, and enhance public awareness of the diversity and nuance of the Asian Canadian experience. Visitors are encouraged to sit and listen together.

We invite all interested individuals to visit the listening room and here-there.ca, the experimental archive that inspired this exhibition.

Window Installation: Available to view 24/7
Listening Hours: Thursday – Saturday, 2pm – 7pm


Bios

here-there collective (Michelle Kuan, Michelle Lu, Emi Takahashi) is a group of interdisciplinary artists who proudly identify as members of the Asian Canadian diaspora. Their artistic practice decenters the Western principles of art and design, and prioritizes their own cultural knowledge and lived experiences. They regularly collaborate with other BIPOC artists and are deeply committed to creating opportunities for professional artists and arts workers belonging to traditionally marginalized communities. The here-there listening room is a physical manifestation of their inaugural project, here-there.ca, an experimental audio archive.

This exhibition and its associated programming were produced with the generous funding support of the City of Toronto through Toronto Arts Council, and the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario. They are co-presented with Whippersnapper Gallery.

Whippersnapper Gallery
594B Dundas Street West
Toronto, ON

Contact: here-there.stories@gmail.com
Social Media: @here-there_stories | @whippersnappergallery