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Chun Hua Catherine Dong shouted at audiences at Concourse Gallery in Vancouver for some money to buy a bed. She is looking for a bed for her husbands.Chun Hua Catherine Dong shouted at audiences at Concourse Gallery in Vancouver for some money to buy a bed. She is looking for a bed for her husbands.Chun Hua Catherine Dong shouted at audiences at Concourse Gallery in Vancouver for some money to buy a bed. She is looking for a bed for her husbands.Chun Hua Catherine Dong shouted at audiences at Concourse Gallery in Vancouver for some money to buy a bed. She is looking for a bed for her husbands.

 56 hours at  Concourse Gallery from May 6-20, 2011

I filled a wall space with printed text: MY HUSBANDS AND I NEED A SPACE TO LIE. I stood still in front of this wall everyday for 14 days, each day for 4 hours, holding a paper with written words: LOOKING FOR A BED. When audience walked into gallery, I shout at them as loud as  I could with very firm and angry tone: HEY! CAN I HAVE SOME CHANGE? Audiences were welcome to drop some money to a hat in front me. There about 42 people gave me some changes, total income is $122.65.

It is a protest performance addressing the fact that Emily Carr University of Art & Design rejected to exhibit my work, “Husbands and I,” at my Graduate Show in 2011. I approached the Graduate Committee couple of time to discuss it, the answer was there was no space to show such a work.  Finally,  the committee assigned me a place where it was impossible to install the work. As a result, I decided not show ” Husbands and I” Installation,  but this protest performance.

photo credit: Chad Darnford

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Chun Hua Catherine Dong pushes a big gallery wall during 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, the woman wearing red is watching herChun Hua Catherine Dong pushes a giant gallery wall during 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver to make comments about the BC government’s funding cuts to the artsAbsence-and-Presence-Chun-Hua-Catherine-Dong-08Chun Hua Catherine Dong pushes a big gallery wall during 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, she questions the relationship between artists and galleriesChun Hua Catherine Dong pushes a giant gallery wall during 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver to make comments about the BC government’s funding cuts to the arts

28 hours in Vancouver, 2010

I FEEL HOMELESS IN YOUR PRESENCE

I WILL BE AT HOME IN YOUR ABSENCE

On the CODElive opening during the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, I started to push a 12′x 8′x 42″gallery wall along streets of Granville Island. This movable wall is painted in white with 4 hidden wheels. On the wall, printed so as to be unremarkable except by flash photography, is the title of an exhibition: “I feel homeless in your presence/I will be at home in your absence”

This performance is a response to the BC government’s funding cuts to the arts. As a result of massive funding cuts, many galleries have been forced to close, and art is losing its home in B.C. The gallery wall, once a space of opportunity for artists, has had to be moved outside. This performance represents this sense of loss.

This hardship not only results in a tremendous loss to the arts in BC arts, but also raises more questions for artists. Can art survive without walls? Do we artists really need a gallery? The wall sometimes does not facilitate art but acts as an obstacle to divide art and artists. What if we artists try to push the gallery wall to the outside voluntarily, rather than being forced to move out because of politics? What if we artists try to move this obstacle in order to create more space for ourselves, rather than restricting ourselves within its boundaries? No matter whether the wall is forced outside or whether it needs to be pushed by artists ourselves, the performance presents this opposition, confrontation and struggle.

photo credit: Hua Jin

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