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    The Misfits

    April 6, 2021 - March 31, 2022

    Location: Aberdeen Station

    Above: Above: Chun Hua Catherine Dong, "The Misfits", 2020. Courtesy of the Artist.

    Co-presented by Richmond Art Gallery, Richmond Public Art, and Capture Photography Festival in partnership with Canada Line Public Art Program – InTransit BC

    Utilizing digital techniques and photography, Chun Hua Catherine Dong’s work illustrates the rich symbolic value of Chinese textiles to explore issues of gender and culture. The phoenix and dragon are interconnected symbols in Chinese culture and are often used together to symbolize auspicious and blissful relations between husband and wife. In ancient Chinese history, the phoenix could be male or female. However, as the dragon became associated with Chinese emperors as an imperial symbol, the phoenix became exclusively associated with female identities. Within this diptych installed at Aberdeen Station, Dong envisions the phoenix and the dragon not as opposites but as mirrors of each other. Adding her own twist to a traditional medium, the artist uses blue to return masculinity to the phoenix and plum blossoms to offer femininity to the dragon. By placing these symbols within the rainbowed sea and mountain patterns, the artist suggests a contemporary perspective on Chinese tradition.

    Each image is animated with augmented reality through a free app that can be downloaded on a mobile phone or tablet. Once the image and sound are activated, graphic elements begin to dance, paired with an ethereal score of traditional Chinese music.

    Visit this link for a Mandarin language artist-led tour of ‘The Misfits’ by Chun Hua Catherine Dong from Capture Photography Festival on Vimeo.

    Video by Sahand Mohajer. Produced by Capture Photography Festival. Curated by Shaun Dacey, Richmond Art Gallery in partnership with Richmond Public Art. Thank you to Chun Hua Catherine Dong, and InTransitBC.

    We gratefully acknowledge the support of Metro Vancouver’s Regional Cultural Project Grants Program.








    承辦合作:捷運加拿大線公共藝術專案InTransit BC

    策展人:Shaun Dacey

    藝術家董春華的這件作品以數位技術和攝影為媒介,運用中國紡織物中豐富的象徵符號探索了圍繞性別和文化的問題。 在中國傳統文化中,龍與鳳一直以來都是相互聯繫的象徵。 它們往往一同被用來形容男女夫妻之間吉祥和幸福的關係。 在中國古代史中,鳳凰中包含雄性。 然而,隨著龍逐漸成為帝王的象徵,鳳凰被賦予單一雌性身份。

    在時代坊站安裝的這個雙聯像中,董春華讓龍和鳳凰以鏡射形式互相映射,而不是對立出現。 董將她自己的詮釋加入到傳統認知之中:她用藍色將雄性氣質「復原」給鳳凰,用綻放的梅花賦予龍雌性氣質。 通過將這些象徵放入七彩大海和山脈的圖案之中的方式,藝術家為中國傳統提供了當代視角。

    每幅影像都可透過一個應用程序進行「擴增實境」技術處理,演化為3D動畫。 您可以在手機或是平板電腦上免費下載該應用程序。一旦圖像和聲音被啟動,作品中的圖形元素就會開始隨著中國傳統音樂翩翩起舞。

    Above: Above: Chun Hua Catherine Dong, "The Misfits", 2020. Courtesy of the Artist.

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