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Art, Heritage, and Personal Journeys

February 10, 2024 - May 26, 2024 Curated by Dr. Heng Wu, AGGV Curator of Asian Art

Crossing: Art, Heritage, and Personal Journeys delves into the intricate narratives of three remarkable local artists, who, along with their families, embarked on transformative journeys from Asia to Canada: Yumie Kono, Andy Lou, and Chrystal Phan. This compelling showcase unearths the essence of migration, heritage, and identity, painting a vivid picture of the diverse and enriching experiences that lie at the heart of our multicultural nation.

In this exhibition, we invite you to explore the profound artistic expressions of these three artists, each of whom has chosen a unique path to convey their stories. You will encounter artworks that resonate with the echoes of ancestral struggles, capturing the enduring impact of intergenerational trauma. You will witness the juxtaposition of tradition and renovation, where thousands-years old customs meet the innovative spirit of adaptation. You will embark on a deeply personal journey with the artists as they traverse the landscapes of both their homelands and their adopted Canada, weaving together threads of memory, nostalgia, and transformation.



Image Credits (T-B): Andy Lou, Colour of the West Coast (2008), 27" x 26", Mixed media on rice paper | Chrystal Phan, I have something to tell you (2024), Plastisial clay, acrylic, nail polish | Yumie Kono - Wordless Conversation, 2018, Tempera, goache on linen canvas, Courtesy of the Artist
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