236 Pender St East,
Colin Campbell, production still from the video Shango Botanica, 1977. Courtesy of Vtape, Toronto.
Until 28 January 2023
02 March–29 April 2023
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07 September–26 November, 2022
Curated by: Katrina Goetjen
“borrowed sceneries (2022) is a series of collages that investigate the histories of Chinese migration and labour within the area colonially known as “British Columbia”. In each collage, my hands recreate gestures found in both family photographs and archival photographs of Chinese migrant labourers. By bringing these two sources of images together, I aim to make visible the diasporic histories and the lineages of migration that have shaped this specific place — dating from early migrant workers in the late 1800s to the waves of immigration from Hong Kong in the aftermath of the 1997 Handover. Within the images, the gestures are cut out and constructed into shapes that mimic rock formations in classical Chinese gardens, the meticulous process of assembling these collages also becoming an act of labour in itself. These gardens were also created as a reprieve, contrasting the gestures of work and labour depicted. The title of the work refers to distant landscapes or elements that were found outside of the physical walls of a garden but integrated into its design.” — Gloria Wong
borrowed sceneries will be installed as a set of lightboxes in Or Gallery’s storefront, beginning on September 7th in correspondence with Light Up! Chinatown Festival (September 10th & 11th).
Light boxes by ExotiK Projects & Custom Framing.
Closing Reception: Gloria Wong, "borrowed sceneries"
Nov 26, 2022
is a visual artist based in so-called “Vancouver”, on the unceded territories of the xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and Sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography from Emily Carr University of Arts & Design (2020). Her work has been exhibited both locally and internationally, with solo exhibitions at Friends Indeed Gallery (San Francisco, 2021) and Telephone Gallery (Vancouver, 2021) and group exhibitions at Cantor Arts Center (Stanford, 2022), Burrard Arts Foundation (Vancouver, 2022) and The Polygon Gallery (Vancouver, 2021). Wong was the recipient of the Chick Rice Award for Excellence in Photography (2020) and the Carole Badgley Emerging Artist Award (2021) and was shortlisted for The Lind Prize (2021).
is an emerging arts-practitioner, curator, artist & designer based on the unceded territories of the Coast Salish People, including the xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and Sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. Goetjen works as the Gallery Coordinator of Or Gallery, and graduated from Emily Carr University in 2019 holding a BFA with a major in Critical & Cultural Practices.