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BUT REALLY, WHERE ARE YOU FROM? FLORENCE YEE June 1st to June 30th, 2018

June 1 - June 30

Exhibition June 1st to June 30th, 2018
Opening Friday June 1st, at 5 PM
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Through a subversion of everyday objects that makes them non-functional, Florence Yee illustrates the challenges faced by members of ethno-cultural communities as they navigate between their identity, which is contemporary North American, and a sort of authenticity that Canadian society seems to expect. In a similar vein, Yee fabricates artificial nostalgia in photo albums made of images found online through Google Street View, thereby subverting a way in which we construct our perception of others.

Florence Yee expresses the ambivalence felt by the offspring of second and third-generation immigrants, caught between the conflicting influences of the traditional cultural heritage transmitted by their parents and the realities of their North American life. Her body of work recognizes the need to establish identity on a common ground provided by the present experience of the community’s members, rather than past glories of the mother country.

But really, where are you from?” That is the question that Florence Yee deconstructs in her exhibition. In contrast to commoditized Cantonese culture crystallized in preset representations (typical objects, Chinatowns and other facades of identity), the artist re‑appropriates codes that are specific to Asian culture and thereby aspires to a rewriting of the history of its diaspora.
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Florence Yee is a 2.5 generation, Cantonese-struggling visual artist based in Tiohtià:ke/Montreal, unceded Mohawk territory. She recently obtained her BFA from the Concordia University, and works with community groups for visual culture, such as articule, an artist-run centre, and EAHR (Ethnocultural Art Histories Research). Her interest in Cantonese-Canadian history has fueled an art practice committed to dismantling institutional and casual ideals of Eurocentric patriarchy, as well as examining the daily life of her diaspora.

To discover her work, visit her website.

Galerie du Nouvel-Ontario
PO Box 242, Station B
174 Elgin St.
Sudbury, ON  P3E 4N5705-673-4927
1-877-358-6615

Gallery Hours
Tuesday to Saturday
12 PM to 6 PMFree Entry

Details

Start:
June 1
End:
June 30

Venue

Galerie du Nouvel-Ontario
174 Elgin Street
Sudbury,
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