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Xiaojing Yan, "Bridge," 2009, ceramic spoons, dimensions variable. Photo: Anik Glaude.
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"Your Morning Is My Night"
Sarah Angelucci and Han Xu, "Your Morning Is My Night," 2007, chromogenic prints, series of 45 photographs, each 12” x 18”.
(DA BAO) (Takeout)
To June 2, 2013
Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art, Winnipeg
This group show, its title a sidelong wink to how we come to know and digest other cultures through food, features a mix of Chinese, Canadian and Chinese-Canadian artists who explore ideas about cross-cultural exchange. Organized and circulated by the Varley Art Gallery in Markham, Ont., it includes artists who bring ideas from abroad into their work, while acknowledging the gaps and slippages that inevitably occur. “In the West, Chinese food is often synonymous with takeout food and often viewed as a decent, low-cost favourite,” note curators Shannon Anderson and Doug Lewis, who organized the show with assistance from Selena Yang. “And throughout China, Western fast-food outlets are quickly spreading franchises (McDonalds, KFC and, more recently, Subway and Starbucks), keeping pace with the country’s rapid expansion and growth.” The works are varied, ranging from Bridge, an installation built out of hundreds of Chinese soup spoons by Xiaojing Yan, to a collaborative photo-and-video project by Toronto artist Sara Angelucci and Han Xu, a native of Beijing who has lived in Toronto since 2001. While Angelucci was at a residency in China, both artists simultaneously documented the other’s native country twice a day, presenting the resulting shots as a series of diptychs. Other artists include John Armstrong, Paul Collins, Cathy Busby, Gang Chen, Brendan Fernandes, Nan Hao, Ming Hon, Knowles Eddy Knowles, Laiwan, Minjeong Oh, Ed Pien, Shen Yi Elsie, Laurens Tan and Zhang Zhaohui.