In a new series of immersive installations, Montréal artist Karen Tam evokes the early Chinese Canadian and other historical photo studios that served Chinese communities in Canada. Her intricate recreations of portrait studio settings and backdrops integrate found and fabricated objects, archival images, 1940s vinyl recordings of Cantonese opera, and mookyu song performances, revealing layered experiences of immigration, cultural displacement and longing. Restaging and reframing the social spaces where cultural blending, interaction, misunderstanding and memory can be located, Tam searches for a deeper understanding of specific places, histories and communities.
WINTER OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, January 23, 2020 | 7–9 PM | FREE
EXHIBITION: January 23 – March 29, 2020
Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw Street
Curator: Mona Filip