On Friday, July 5, 2019, we arranged to meet up with the artists Don Kwan and Alejandro Salgado Cendales to discuss their exhibition about the Chinese experience in Canada:
Weaving the Web,
at Gallery 112, City of Ottawa. Central Archives
RIA’s 4Cs agenda of discussing and analyzing capitalist-related systems that infect all life forms on earth, human and non-human, does get a bit overwhelming and abstract at times. The exhibition Weaving the Web brings us down to particulars, to the lives and feelings of Chinese immigrants that at certain times in Canada were seen as little more than a means to serve the absolute demands of the capitalist machinery. If we have a hope of decolonizing the hegemonic western mindset that led to the exploitation of people and nature, we need to re-examine the ways in which our thinking was formed in history. As artists, Alejandro and Don do a great job of this, making their journey into the past absorbing, moving, and yes, even humorous!
You may want to familiarize yourselves somewhat with the impressive list of research materials that the artists used. I have pasted the list in below the timeline that Alejandro created (which is also available in print at the gallery). I’ll let you know as soon as we have a date!
“Weaving the Web: The Chinese Experience in Canada” is an interdisciplinary research art project that explores the intersection between personal memories with historical facts featured through a wide range of mediums: photographs, quilts, collage, sculpture, digital video and audio interviews.
City of Ottawa. Central Archives – James K. Bartleman Centre
100 Tallwood Drive
Ottawa, ON, K2G 6J9
email@example.com (link sends e-mail)
Hours of operation
Tuesday to Friday, 9 am to 4 pm
Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm
Exhibition runs May 3 to July 6
1. A Brief Chronology of Chinese Canadian History
1.2 Road to Justice
3.The ties that bind
4.The Chinese Immigration Act
5. VIDEO (In the shadows of Gold Mountain)
6. VIDEO (The Island of Death + Vice article)
7. Chinese Canadian Women Project
9. Writing Canada´s Wrongs: The Chinese Head Tax (VIDEOS)
10. Chinese Head Tax Reparation CBC