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Gallery Associates, Sunday Art Lecture Series

Artistic Electricity: Migrant Displacement and Rebirth

Mar 3 | 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm


With Professor Gu Xiong

Prof. Gu Xiong will discuss how his own migrant experiences of cultural clash have fueled dynamic change in both his personal life and his work as a contemporary artist. For instance, we will visit through his eyes how sites and archives of the 19th century Chinese immigrants who settled in BC reveal stories about their new home and their homeland. He makes us notice that even in places which are now almost forgotten, there are signs of new life, knowledge, and states of being as hybrid identities emerge. We will learn how migrant experience inspired his immersive installation “The Remains of a Journey,” his series on “pins,” and other works that connect local, Canadian, and global cultural flows, including modern art movements.

Gu Xiong is a professor and multimedia artist at the Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory, UBC. He works with installation, painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, photography, video, digital imagery, text, and performance art. He has exhibited nationally and internationally, including in more than sixty solo exhibitions and over one hundred prominent national and international group exhibitions. Beside three public art commissions, his works are represented in the collections of the National Gallery of Canada, the China National Museum of Fine Arts, and the Vancouver Art Gallery, among many other museums and private collections.


Image Credits: Professor Gu Xiong, courtesy of the speaker | Holding Thousands of Pins – Gu Xiong , 2017, photograph, courtesy of the artist.

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