State of Grace Artist Talk (August 29th)

State of Grace

August 29th, 1 pm

Chun Hua Catherine Dong is a Chinese-born artist working with performance art, photography, and video. She received a B.F.A from Emily Carr University Art & Design and a M.F.A. from Concordia University in Canada. She has performed in multiple international performance art festivals and venues, such as, International Performance Art Festival in Chicago, Infr’Action in Venice, The Great American Performance Art in New York, Kaunas Biennial in Lithuania, Grace Exhibition Space in Brooklyn, Dublin Live Art Festival in Dublin, Place des Arts in Montreal,Internationales Festival für Performance in Mannheim, and so on. She has exhibited her works in Boston, Delhi, Dublin, Helsinki, Turin, Tornio, Toronto, Venice, Montreal and Vancouver.  Among many other awards, she is the recipient of the prestigious Franklin Furnace Award for avant-garde art in New York in 2014. Her performance is listed amongst the ‘‘Top Nine Political Art Projects of 2010’’ by Art and Threat Canadian magazine.

State of Grace is an exhibition that examines the visual culture of shame in relation to the body, subjects and power in contemporary art. Over the past two years, Dong has been creating a series of works related to shame that integrates performance, photography, video, and installation. Her focus is exploring the visual culture of shame associated with vulnerability in its personal and socio-political dimensions, deconstructing the experience of shame through gestures, moments and audience participation. In her practice, she considers feminism, globalization and psychoanalysis, positioning shame as a feminist strategy of resistance—an ethical practice that seeks altered states of consciousness that possibly leads to restore dignity and humanity.

Come to Harcourt House on August 29th at 1:00 pm for an artist talk by Catherine Dong. Light refreshments and snacks will be provided.