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    Objects given to my mom because she is Asian

    April 1, 2022 - February 28, 2023

    Location: Lansdowne Station

    Above: Kyla Bourgh, "Objects given to my mom because she is Asian", 2018. Courtesy of the Artist.

    Presented in partnership with City of Richmond Public Art and Canada Line Public Art Program – InTransit BC

    Kyla Bourgh’s installation at Lansdowne Station presents objects that have been given to the artist’s mother over the past fifty years. Each object is associated with an “Asian style” and was gifted to her because of her physical and cultural identity. Bourgh’s work highlights that, while the gifts were given to her mother in kindness, they unwittingly reminded her that she is and always will be perceived as a visible minority in her farming community in rural British Columbia.

    Through this work, the artist considers the unconscious biases placed on her mother and how they differ from the artist’s own lived experience as someone of mixed ethnicity who is white “passing.”

    The photographed objects exist in an unclear cultural locale that challenges the viewer to unpack their own prejudices and perspectives. From within the diverse mix of cultures present in Richmond and in Canada at large, Bourgh’s work raises questions about the dichotomy many people face between having a sense of belonging and of being stereotyped within a country where many of their families have resided for several generations.


    承辦合作:列治文市公共藝術部門 與 捷運加拿大線公共藝術專案InTransit BC




    Above: Kyla Bourgh, "Objects given to my mom because she is Asian", 2018. Courtesy of the Artist.


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