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Chun Hua Catherine Dong introduces her expensive perfumes and tells stories about her life related to shameChun Hua Catherine Dong asks people to spray perfumes on her body while audiences repetitively shout " art must be expensive! shame shame shame"Chun Hua Catherine Dong sells her perfumed belt to audiencesChun Hua Catherine Dong sells her perfumed shoes to audiencesChun Hua Catherine Dong sold her perfumed shirt, belt, and shoes to audiencesChun Hua Catherine Dong sells her perfumed pants to audiencesChun Hua Catherine Dong sells her perfumed body for a night to audiences a woman who brought Chun Hua Catherine Dong for a night is writing her name on Dong's perfumed bodyChun Hua Catherine Dong sold herself to an audience for $70 for a night

step 1: introducing my perfumes: Channel No 5, j’adore, and La vie est belle
step 2: telling stories about my life related to shame
step 3: asking three well-known artist, curator, and collector to spray perfumes on me while audiences were repeatively shouting ” art must be expensive! shame shame shame”
step 4: trying to sell all my clothing and my body, the price i start from high to low. finally my shirt was sold: $50, my camisole was sold: $60, my belt: $40, pants: $30, underwear: $80, shoes: $80, and my body ( sold for one night) : $70. TOTAL INCOME: $410 USD

it was performed at Grace Exhibition Space in New York, photo credit:Quinn Dukes McDivitt

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each time Chun Hua Catherine Dong travels to a city, she makes a new silk duvet cover, and takes photographs of herself lying in front of historical and tourist sites, covered by the duveteach time Chun Hua Catherine Dong travels to a city, she makes a new silk duvet cover, and takes photographs of herself lying in front of historical and tourist sites, covered by the duveteach time Chun Hua Catherine Dong travels to a city, she makes a new silk duvet cover, and takes photographs of herself lying in front of historical and tourist sites, covered by the duveteach time Chun Hua Catherine Dong travels to a city, she makes a new silk duvet cover, and takes photographs of herself lying in front of historical and tourist sites, covered by the duvet

Manizales, Colombia

Each time I travel to a new city, I make a new duvet cover with silk fabric, I take photographs of myself lying in front of historical and tourist sites, covered by the corpse sheet.

in villages of my hometown province, when an elder is dead, each daughter will make a silk duvet cover, called Corpse Cover, and cover her parent’s dead body, which representing how her parent took care of her when she was young. if this elder has six daughters, he/she will be covered by six duvets, one on top each other, i don’t know why daughters only, i never ask neither.


Chun Hua Catherine Dong's solo exhibition view: Visual Poetics of Embodied ShameChun Hua Catherine Dong's solo exhibition view: Visual Poetics of Embodied Shame

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Chun Hua Catherine Dong's solo exhibition view: Visual Poetics of Embodied Shame

Chun Hua Catherine Dong's solo exhibition view: Visual Poetics of Embodied Shame

Chun Hua Catherine Dong's solo exhibition view: Visual Poetics of Embodied ShameChun Hua Catherine Dong's solo exhibition view: Visual Poetics of Embodied Shame

this exhibition includes 8 pieces of 40” x70” photographs, a three-channel vidoe installation, a vidoe projection, peanuts, two queen size beds, and a durational performance.

Performance: Two beds face each other, one is covered with peanuts, another one is empty. I shuck peanuts and leave peanuts’ shell on the empty bed. Audiences are invited to shuck peanuts with me, eat peanuts seeds while leaving peanuts shells on the bed. Peanuts can also be taken to home, but shells must be left on the bed. Audiences participate both in my presence and absence.

 

Chun Hua Catherine Dong's Yellow Umbrella performance in Montreal: 12 females hold yellow umbrellas to meditate their political situation Yellow-Umbrella-Chun-Hua-Catherine-Dong-05Chun Hua Catherine Dong's Yellow Umbrella performance in Montreal: 2 females hold yellow umbrellas and hug each otherChun Hua Catherine Dong's Yellow Umbrella performance in Montreal: 3 females point audiences with their yellow umbrellasYellow-Umbrella-Chun-Hua-Catherine-Dong-01

“The Yellow Umbrella—An Unfinished Conversation” is a performance that involves twelve performers engaging with yellow umbrellas. In this work, the performers all wear white surgical masks and grey dresses. They stand in a row, repeating ten gestures. They hold each gesture for two minutes and then move to the next one in a sequence.The umbrella is a symbol of protection and resistance. This performance seeks an intersection where aesthetics and politics ignite each other, exploring how symbolic and situational behaviors impact on our perception in regards to specific social movements and activism. It is relevant to open conversations about how to transform social and political landscapes through embodied gestures, examining relationships between the citizens and the place they live, between what they have lost and what they have gained in social political transformations.

This performance was performed at  MAI (Montréal, arts interculturels), Montreal, Canada on Feb 7, 2015 Performed by: Zoe Bacchus, Kelsey Duffy, Bailey Eng, Alida Esmail, Maggy Flynn, Lucy Fandel, Brittney Gering, Olivia. Faye Lathuilliere, Natalie Montalvo, Kim L. Rouchdy, Mira Fister-Tadic, Mary Williamson.

Photo credit: Laurence Poirier

Chun Hua Catherine Dong's solo exhibition - To Rebel is Justified, at MAI, MontrealTo-Rebel-is-Justified-Chun-Hua-Catherine-Dong-01To-Rebel-is-Justified-Chun-Hua-Catherine-Dong-02Chun Hua Catherine Dong's solo exhibition - To Rebel is Justified, at MAI, MontrealTo-Rebel-is-Justified-Chun-Hua-Catherine-Dong-08Chun Hua Catherine Dong's solo exhibition - To Rebel is Justified, at MAI, MontrealTo-Rebel-is-Justified-Chun-Hua-Catherine-Dong-05

Chun Hua Catherine Dong's solo exhibition - To Rebel is Justified, at MAI, Montreal

This exhibition at MAI (Montréal, arts interculturels) consists 12 pieces of 40’’x50’’performance-based photographs titled “To Rebel is Justified” and a video documentation of a live performance, “ The Yellow Umbrella – An Unfinished Conversation.”

photo credit: Paul Litherland




Chun Hua Catherine Dong opened a Hair & Makeup Salon, she dyed participants' hair to black permanently and put yellow-tinted makeup on their faces.Color-of-My-Hair-and-Face-Chun-Hua-Catherine-Dong-15Chun Hua Catherine Dong opened a Hair & Makeup Salon, she dyed participants' hair to black permanently and put yellow-tinted makeup on their faces.Chun Hua Catherine Dong opened a Hair & Makeup Salon, she dyed participants' hair to black permanently and put yellow-tinted makeup on their faces.Color-of-My-Hair-and-Face-Chun-Hua-Catherine-Dong-11Color-of-My-Hair-and-Face-Chun-Hua-Catherine-Dong-19Color-of-My-Hair-and-Face-Chun-Hua-Catherine-Dong-08

 

The Colour of My Hair and Face investigates the symbolic and cultural dimensions of colors, yellow (skin) and black (hair) as connoting “Asian identity.” I explore stereotype, masking and self-identity abstractly and literally by inviting the public to engage in self-transformation and discussion. I started this project by having an open call for participants by offering two serves: (1) Hair and makeup makeovers: participants have their hair dyed permanently black and straightened, and receive a yellow-tinted make-up application. (2) Photographic services: participants pose for a portrait before and after transformation.In documenting the entire process, I also asked people questions probing their own self-identity and affective feelings before and after the makeover.



Chun Hua Catherine Dong's performance at M:ST Festival: she pinched her forehead with water until there was a dark red dot appearsChun Hua Catherine Dong's performance at M:ST Festival: while bending her body with tension, she continued pinching her forehead with water until there was a dark red dot appearsChun Hua Catherine Dong's performance at M:ST Festival: she carefully put a teapot on her head
Lost-Twelve-Years-Chun-Hua-Catherine-Dong-07Chun Hua Catherine Dong's performance at M:ST Festival: she poured ink from the teapot to her arched back to create lines, and then she straightened her back and stood stillChun Hua Catherine Dong's performance at M:ST Festival: she shot her head and heart with ink repetitively until she ink ran outChun Hua Catherine Dong's performance at M:ST Festival: she shot her head and heart with ink repetitively until she ink ran out

20 minutes at M:ST Performative Art Festival, Oct 9, 2014, at Tuck Contemporary Art in Calgary, Canada

Setting: there is a Chinese traditional painting on floor in an empty space, a tea pot on the right, a water gun on the left. i stand on the Painting, facing audiences and holding a bowl of water.

1. i slowly turn my head to right, slightly bend,  pinching my forehead between my eyebrows with water untill there is a dark red dot appears.

2. i continue pinching my forehead while bending my body with tension.

3. i pick a porcelain spoon in the bowl and scratch my neck firmly with rhythms until a dark red line appears from my lower chin to upper chest.

4. i replace the teapot with the bowl, i carefully lift the teapot and posit it on my head. i turn my back, slowing fixing my hair while lowing the teapot to my neck, and then i start to pour ink from the teapot to my arched back to create a line. After the ink was gone, i straighten my back and stand still,  I suddenly shake my head; the teapot smashes to pieces.

5. I turn my body back to face audiences again, knee on the painting, lift the water gun. i  point to my head and shoot, and then i point to my heart and shoot. at the beginning, the shooting is gentle and slow, and then it become faster and faster. the action of shooting my head and heart are repeated until the ink in the water gun runs out.

photo credit: Tanya Doody