THE SUM IS EQUAL
TO ITS PARTS
Small pleasures photo Queer Art Fest featuring Karin Lee runs May 12 to August 18 at the new Main Street Gallery.
UM Gallery, Canada’s only queer multidisciplinary gallery, is excited to announce the opening of its inaugural exhibition, QueerSUM 心. Presented in partnership with On Main Gallery and curated by Paul Wong and SUM Artistic Director SD Holman, QueerSUM 心 exhibits work by artist Karin Lee.
“We wanted the first artist exhibited at SUM, which is located in the heart of Chinatown, to be Chinese. We wanted an artist with deep links to Vancouver's Chinese and queer communities both, a woman whose work was challenging and transgressive and queer. In other words, we wanted Karin Lee, a local artist who is 4th generation Chinese Canadian.” — Paul Wong and SD Holman, curators of Karin Lee: QueerSUM 心
Karin Lee: QueerSUM 心
Exhibition Dates: May 12, 2018 to August 18, 2018 - Tuesday to Saturday, 12 to 6pm - by donation
Exhibition Opening: May 12, 2018 - 2 to 4pm Artist Talk: May 17, 2018 - 7pm
Location: SUM Gallery #425 - 268 Keefer Street, Vancouver
About the Exhibition
Queer-sum: a “Chinglish” translation and play on the words Queer Love, alludes to queer attraction that people experience, even though they believe themselves to be straight identified—or queer-sum (sum=heart=love). QueerSUM心 presents three of Karin Lee’s media works: a 2-channel remix of her classic 16mm film M y S w e e t P e o n y, a fantastical drama shot in the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden; P o r t r ait o f a Girl, a documentary shot in Beijing; and S m all Ple a s u r e s, a period drama set in Barkerville BC.
The works not only investigate sentiments of being “Queer-sum,” but pay tribute to Vancouver’s Chinatown—where Lee spent her childhood—and examine the underlying racism which contributed to the very creation of “Chinatowns” amidst the colonization of Indigenous peoples. About the Artist Born and raised in Vancouver, Karin Lee is a unique storyteller whose critical voice and perspective touches on the past and the present, both local and international.
An artist who constantly traverses new territory, Lee challenges film and media forms and addresses new audiences. Themes of trans-Pacific migration, gender, identity and intercultural contact surface in her documentaries. Lee received the Mayor’s Arts Award for Film and New Media Artist in 2014 and the Spotlight Award from Vancouver Women in Film and Video Society in 2017.
About SUM Gallery
SUM Gallery is one of the only permanent spaces worldwide dedicated to the presentation of queer art. SUM produces, presents and exhibits with a curatorial vision favouring challenging, thought-provoking multidisciplinary work that pushes boundaries and initiates dialogue. Internationally-known for producing the annual Queer Arts Festival, recognized as one of the top 5 festivals of its kind worldwide ( M elb o u r n e H e r ald S u n), SUM brings diverse communities together to support artistic risk-taking, incite creative collaboration and experimentation and celebrate the rich heritage of queer artists and art.
For more information
about SUM Gallery visit, queerartsfestival.com
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