Exploring Chinese and Indigenous EncountersJuly 5, 2019 - September 15, 2019 Curated By Haema Sivanesan | Founders and Drury Galleries
PUBLIC OPEN HOUSE
Saturday, June 29, 2019 | ALL DAY | ADMISSION BY DONATION
Imagining Fusang: Exploring Chinese and Indigenous Encounters is a group exhibition that takes it’s title from the 7th Century Chinese legend of Fusang, which describes the travels of a Buddhist monk, Hui shen, by ship along the coast of the Americas in the latter part of the 5th Century.
The artists in this exhibition explore — and speculate upon — early encounters and interactions between Indigenous peoples and Chinese communities that settled on Vancouver Island. While little historical and archaeological evidence exists to support the legend of Fusang, this exhibition draws on this legend as an allegory to re-consider the terms of cross-cultural relations.