Parade – Pedestrian Protest
Site specific installation
1100 West Georgia Street
April 9, 2021 – October 11, 2021
Parade was Pride in Chinatown’s contribution to Pedestrian Protest, a new commission for the Vancouver Art Gallery’s Offsite by Vancouver based artists Evann Siebens and Keith Doyle. For this collaboration with Pedestrian Protest we took to the pandemic deserted streets of Chinatown and paraded loudly and proudly, celebrating our LGBQT2+ identities and visibility.
Tien Neo Eamas
Christian Yves Jones
Pedestrian Protest explores how a moving body, whether in solitude or en masse, can become a political act. The work includes 24 media performances, created by collaborators, that reference histories of protest, current and past. The individuals and collectives were filmed and edited by Evann Siebens and combined into a collage of photo, media and movement. Each location, chosen by a project collaborator, is uniquely emblematic and linked to specific histories or present places of demonstration and activism. Keith Doyle responds to this mapping of the city through his sculptural intervention, referring to the precarious and temporary conditions of Vancouver’s constantly changing built environment.
Paul Wong is an artist, curator and activist who has been at the forefront of the experimental media art, visual and interdisciplinary arts since the mid 1970’s. Much of his work has focused on identity politics, race, sexuality and everyday life. He has recently created a number of public art works in neon, photography, performance and sound. See more on his website and Occupying Chinatown residency website.
He is the Artistic Director of Pride in Chinatown an initiative started in 2018 that has been creating a creative space for pan-Asian LGBQT2+ through events and exhibitions. A co-founder of several artist run organizations including VIVO Media Art Centre (1976) and On The Cutting Edge/On Main Gallery. These organizations have created alternative modes of representation and presentation where artists retain control over their own means of production, exhibition and presentation both for inside traditional cultural institutions and developing new sites and formats outside conventional systems.
Kara Juku (all pronouns) is a non-binary drag artist, content creator and multi-faceted performer. She first debuted in 2019, dazzling and dipping from stages all across her hometown of Vancouver, Canada. Her performances often pay homage to her ancestral Vietnamese roots, bringing you a little closer to her inner world. In 2020, Kara was the first drag artist of Asian descent to be crowned the coveted title of Vancouver’s Next Drag Superstar and Vancouver’s Eastside Phenomenon in 2019 for her ubiquitous high-energy, high-kick performances. Kara is a member of House of Rice, Vancouver’s all-queer Asian drag dynasty and daughter to drag mom Kendall Gender, a sensational pillar in the local drag community. With her hypnotically vivacious style of performance, Kara has an instantaneous gravitational pull and top tier dance moves to match; they are the one to watch. Keep an eye out for Kara on a screen, on a stage or in virtual space near you!
Tien Neo Eamas
Born into the constraints of a fundamentalist Christian and a 1968 Singapore, Tien Neo Eamas was given the gender marker female. For years he internalised his experience of family violence, sexism and homophobia, and later, racism and trans- and gender-phobia. Eventually falling into a major depression, fuelled by deep anger at injustice, Tien thought suicide was the answer.
It was not. The attempt failed and when Tien awoke the next day, he took that as a sign. He committed to transforming his struggle into something else. Through spiritual and personal development, his view of life went from someone who was oppressed, to one full of joy who loves life.
This transformation gives Tien the insight and facility to teach people how to tap into their own capacity for freedom, choice and connectedness. He does it by expanding humanity’s consciousness versus being socially or politically correct.
Tien has a passion to have spirit guided, transformed conversations for the LGBTQ and especially the BIQPOC community, to connect us to our highest source that we no longer experience our lives from the viewpoint of being victims, but now from a place of embracing our unique powerful soul journeys.
One of Tien’s biggest accomplishments was being the first Asian transman to transition publicly in Vancouver, Canada. It was 2002, a time when LGBTQ awareness was rare. He is also the founder of Gender Euphoria Day, the first trans celebration in North America 2008.
He is a gender guide and spiritual teacher, a gold/silversmith, artist, alchemist, performer, wizard and pole sport dancer.
He teaches Upgrade Your Gender IQ, Gender Conscious Parenting, Mindfulness for Queers, Race and Spirituality and is writing children’s and other soul focused, gender conscious books.
Watch more about Tien here
I protest by being powerful, and standing in light and a vision of resilience, not taken down by others. I appear in all contexts of life without compromise, free to be my colour, my creed, gender expression and a soulful human being. To be joy and love. I do not engage in any conversations about who is doing what to whom, I much rather spend my energy focussing on empowering ourselves and reminding us about who we truly are as beautiful, powerful, wonderful souls. – Tien Neo Eamas