Camera Obscura (hungry ghosts)
Co-produced with the frank theatre company
The world premiere of Lesley Ewen’s new Play
A love story. A ghost story. A ritual for release.
A Vancouver artist attends the opening night of his career retrospective. Unbeknownst to gallery-goers, his past has returned to haunt him. What if what we thought we knew about our lives proved to be less than true? And how can we know the truth if the one creating it keeps it in camera, hidden?
Two beautifully young men, off in radically different directions, become entwined with the untimely death of a stranger, which seals their fate; Camera Obscura (hungry ghosts) is an exciting new contemporary play inspired by Governor General Award winning, multimedia artist, Paul Wong*. His life and radical work provide a jumping off point for playwright and director Lesley Ewen to contemplate the act of creation as both a way of coping with despair and of telling lies. Mixing truth and fiction she spins out a world of multiple realities that re-views a double tragedy in the hope of absolution and understanding.
Actors Jeff Ho, Julien Galipeau and Braiden Houle bring the story to life with passion, intelligence and a brash sense of humour. The renowned design team, Sammy Chien, Khan Lee, Stefan Smulovitz, James Proudfoot and Hannah Case, have created an elegantly rich, multidimensional environment within which to tell this heartfelt, funny and deeply intense tale of Love and Redemption. *Paul Wong, Vancouver based multimedia artist. He is a founding member of several important artists groups including VIVO Media Arts Centre, as well as curator of QueerSUM. His work includes conceptual performances which mesh video, photography, installation, and performance with Chinese-Canadian cultural perspectives. #multimedia #drama #reallife #theatre #actors #film #murder #suicide #love #gay
“The Touch ” at Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden by @chun_hua_catherine_dong #occupyingchinatown. “I have been there” is about death, belonging and diaspora. I bury myself in historical cites and tourist attractions in different places, but I never had this ritual in China or places with Chinese context because I have very complicated feelings with China, and I was not sure if I really want to bury myself there…. When I was lying in the Chinese Garden in Chinatown in Vancouver, I felt peace. And later, Paul came, he said he wanted to have a photo. At the moment he put his hand on my hands, I felt I couldn’t hold myself together, all emotions came up that I was literally trembly: all these years of living abroad alone, all these years of looking for the feeling of belonging and home, all these things that I have tried to get rid of but actually so deep inside me that I can’t escape…. I felt all I need actually nothing else but a gentle touch from another human being, the connection, the longing for being understood and being connected. This feeling is so strong that I feel a gentle touch can mean a whole world to me. Thank you so much! Paul and my beloved friend and photographer Greg Sabo, for this wondering and transcending experience. There are something transforming inside me after this experience, I am still reflecting and trying to find a way to express it, but will keep you informed. Thank you!”
City of Vancouver
April 13, 2018
New year-long artist residency, OCCUPYING CHINATOWN/身在唐人街 launches April 22
Past Meets Present at the Dr. Sun Yat-sen Classical Chinese Garden with Artist Paul Wong
On April 22, artist Paul Wong will launch a year-long residency, 身在唐人街/Occupying Chinatown, at the Dr. Sun Yat-sen Classical Chinese Garden to coincide with the City of Vancouver’s formal apology for the historical discrimination against Chinese residents in Vancouver. Wong will be creating a series of multidisciplinary artworks based on 700 letters in Chinese sent by 90 writers to his mother Suk-Fong Wong from 1946 to 2016. The residency will include exhibitions, screenings, collaborations with other artists, workshops, performances, events, a website and a book.
Occupying Chinatown is one of six new public art projects commissioned by the City of Vancouver through an invitation to artists to propose artworks for the city.
Occupying Chinatown is commissioned in partnership with the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Chinese Classical Garden #occupyingchinatown
Artist : Beau Dick #beaudick #art #sculpture #photography @pjlarocque. One of the extraordinary exhibition rooms is Undersea Kingdom. Arranged in a circle are 18 masks on stands and two on the walls that recreate Dick’s last major installation: documenta 14 in Athens, Greece. Dick’s evocative masks created a stir in Europe.
Dick had planned to dance the masks at documenta to put them in cultural context but died before he was able to do that.
Dick does make an appearance in the documenta room as the “action figure” on the back of a whale mask. Portrayed as the artist-animator of his own work, he’s shown holding the string that would make the mask’s fins and tail flap in a performance. Dick’s traditional name was Walis Gwy’um or big, great whale.