Morris Lum, Joy Wong, and Stephanie Yee: like heirlooms

Image (top): Morris Lum, Ambassador Chinese Cuisine on Highway 7 and West Beaver Creek Rd, Markham, 2009, photography, 6’ x 2.5’. Images (bottom left to right): Stephanie Yee, Untitled, 2024, Crystalized MSG. Joy Wong, detail of Lineages, 2023, glazed earthenware, kombucha SCOBY, wire and metal, 30” x 36” x 90”. All images courtesy of the artists.

like heirlooms
Morris Lum, Joy Wong, and Stephanie Yee

May 31 – July 13, 2024
Reception: Friday, May 31, 7 – 9 PM
Latcham Art Centre, Stouffville
Admission free. All welcome.

For like heirlooms, artists Morris Lum, Joy Wong, and Stephanie Yee offer large-scale photographs with installation and sculptural works that use experimental materials like MSG and symbiotic cultures of bacteria and yeast (SCOBY). Through these ingredients, food preparation techniques, and vivid images of shopping centres, their distinct ways of working connect aspects of food culture that are significant to Chinese diaspora communities with intangible assets like care, authenticity, and the feeling of belonging.

Together the works in this exhibition expand on the concept of an heirloom—widening its parameters beyond glimmering keepsakes—to consider the values that connect us to the past, and evolve as they are carried forward. Crucially for many Chinese Canadian communities, the heirlooms of culture flourish where food calls people together.

Join us for the opening reception on Friday, May 31, 2024, from 7:00 to 9:00 PM. Remarks begin at 7:30 PM. Latcham Art Centre acknowledges the Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville for their exhibition support.

Artist Talk with Stephanie Yee

Saturday, June 1, 1 – 3 PM
Latcham Art Centre, Stouffville
Admission free. All welcome.

Join Stephanie Yee at Latcham Art Centre for a conversation about her artistic practice, her process of world building, and her work in like heirlooms. This free event is presented as part of Doors Open Whitchurch-Stouffville.

Images (left to right): Morris Lum. Photo: Nam Phi Dang, 2024; Joy Wong. Image courtesy of the artist; Stephanie Yee. Image courtesy of the artist.

About the Artists:

Morris Lum (b. 1983, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago) is a Toronto-based photographer and artist whose work explores the hybrid identities of the Chinese Canadian community and the transformation of Chinatowns across the North America through photography, documentary practices and archival materials. Lum’s work has been exhibited and screened across Canada and the United States, and has received numerous accolades including CONTACT Photography Festival Burtynsky Grant (2023) and the A&E Short Filmmakers Award (2010). Lum holds a Masters of Fine Arts in Documentary Media from Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson) and is an Assistant Professor in the Visual Studies department in the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design.

Joy Wong is an artist and educator based in Tkaronto/Toronto with Hong Kong/Cantonese settler heritage. Focusing on material connections with the shifting physicality of the body, they are interested in precarity and fluctuating surfaces, and have worked in print media, painting, fermentation, and poetry. Intrinsic to their material research are the impressions on the corporeal made from a queer and diasporic experience. Personal history informs research about what it means to reckon with a body in space, meditate on the abject, and navigate the meeting point of preservation and destruction. Lately they have been investigating the notion of the matrix, both as the origin of production and the source of repetition and mutation of form and ideas.

Wong received their MFA from Western University in London, ON, where their thesis research was awarded a SSHRC grant. They were a finalist for the 2018 RBC Canadian Painting Competition and they were the 2019 Pope Artist in Residence at NSCAD. Wong has received grants from the Toronto Arts Council, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Canada Council for the Arts.

Stephanie Yee (she/her) is a second-generation Chinese Canadian artist and cultural worker based in Pijinuiskaq, on the south shore of Nova Scotia. Her education includes a BFA in Intermedia from NSCAD University where she began her exploration into community and identity. With a practice rooted in storytelling, her work manifests as gatherings, performance, writing, installation, video, and playing with food. Often beginning with familiar imagery, processes, and materials, Yee playfully interjects as a means of exploring and questioning preconceived notions.

About Latcham Art Centre:

Latcham Art Centre is a public art gallery that inspires the community to engage with arts and culture through dedicated exhibitions of contemporary art that reflect a range of artistic media and the cultural diversity of our province. Latcham offers vibrant education programs that cultivate creativity and experimentation through classes, workshops, artist talks, and tours. Latcham Art Centre is located in Stouffville, Ontario, 45 minutes northeast of Toronto with free parking and is accessible via GO Transit. The Gallery is open to the public and admission is free.

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