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Chun Hua Catherine Dong, The Misfits, 2020, photomontage with augmented reality. Courtesy of the Artist. 

Aberdeen Public Art Call Announcement

Congratulations to Chun Hua Catherine Dong, winner of the Aberdeen Station public art call. This installation which will be on view as part of Capture’s 2021 Festival in April is presented in collaboration with Richmond Public Art Program, Richmond Art Gallery, and Intransit BC.

Shaun Dacey, Director, Richmond Art Gallery states “It is an honour to work with Catherine on the Capture installation at Aberdeen station. The jury were excited about her proposal which speaks directly to Richmond’s Chinese residents and extends a 2D  installation into augmented reality. We can’t wait to launch it in April 2021.” 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 have been interconnected symbols in Chinese culture, often used together as a symbol of blissful relations between husband and wife. 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 used blue to return masculinity to the phoenix and plum blossoms to offer femininity to the dragon.

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 with an ethereal score of traditional Chinese music.

The artwork will be installed at Aberdeen Station in Richmond and will be on view April 2021 – September 2021.

Chun Hua Catherine Dong is a Chinese-born, Montreal-based artist working with performance, photography, and video. She has exhibited her works in multiple national and international venues, such as Quebec City Biennial, MOMENTA | Biennale de l’image, Kaunas Biennial, The Musée d’Art Contemporain du Val-de-Marne, Museo de la Cancillería, Canadian Cultural Centre Paris, HuBei Museum of Art, amongst others. She was named Artist of the Year at the DongGang International Photo Festival in South Korea in 2018, and was a finalist for the Contemporary Art Award at Le Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec (Prix en art actuel du MNBAQ) in 2020.

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