Image courtesy of the Gallery 881.

Image courtesy of the Gallery 881.

Artist Talk

Artist Talk: Expressions of Home by Geoffrey Cheung


The impacts of migration are multigenerational. It affects those we leave, those we bring, and those born long after resettlement. Through the action of displacement and in the subsequent retellings of the journey, families and communities begin to blur the lines between individual and collective experience, mixing together their memories of joy, challenge, and trauma. I’ve come to sit with the imperfection of my competing memories—nonlinear, atemporal thoughts that meander and meditate along the erratic threads of experience that connect me and my ancestors to the places we’ve inhabited.

Expressions of Home by Geoffrey Cheung at Gallery 881 is on view from April 1–30, 2023 with an opening reception on April 22, 2023 from 1 – 5 PM

Gallery 881 operates on the unceded traditional territories of the Coast Salish xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, and Sel̓íl̓witulh Nations (Vancouver, BC) and is a production of PrintMaker Studio – a fine art print and finishing studio located at 881 East Hastings, Vancouver. @gallery881_

Geoffrey Lok-Fay Cheung is a visual artist interested in tensions of identity and cultural inheritance, as informed by his own lived experiences growing up as a queer first-generation Canadian of Chinese descent. His current works explore his own connections to memory, from its compaction against familial narrative legacies, to its dilation through ritual and ceremony. In a previous life, Cheung practiced Medical Animation and Illustration after receiving a Master of Science in Biomedical Communications from the University of Toronto. He is now living in Vancouver in pursuit of a Master of Fine Arts at Emily Carr University. @geoffrey.l.cheung

John Goldsmith is a Detroit-born artist, fine art printer, and gallerist living in Vancouver, Canada. He is the owner of PrintMaker Studio, the gallerist of Gallery 881, and co-Director of 560 Gallery. John has a Master’s Degree in Chemistry from Indiana University and worked as a chemist before transitioning to the darkroom and artist. John was an invited artist for the inaugural Capture Photography Festival in 2013 and in 2016 won the festival’s public art competition. John’s artwork has been exhibited at the Format Festival (UK), Third Floor Gallery (Wales), and the Head On Photo Festival (Australia).

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