Annie Wong Performs In Song Dong's Communal Courtyard

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AGO - Art Gallery of Ontario says
FREE WITH ADMISSION

Experience artist-led performances and activations taking place within the AGO's new installation "Song Dong's Communal Courtyard." During three-week residencies, Toronto-based artists will transform the installation in new and intimate ways. All performances are free with admission – just arrive early to ensure a spot!

June 29 – July 16: Artist Annie Wong presents "Quotidian Chinese," a series of moving portraits, each illustrating a fragment of the quotidian rituals practiced by a generation of older Chinese immigrants. Wong presents living pictures of the rituals that appear antiquated – much like Song Dong’s wardrobe doors – to younger, Canadian-born generations.

Wednesdays (June 29, July 6, 13): 6 – 8 pm
Thursdays (June 30, July 7, 14): 2 – 4 pm
Fridays (July 1) 1 – 3 pm (July 8, 15): 6 – 8 pm
Saturdays (July 2, 9, 16): 2 – 4 pm

Performances:
Take-Home Factory Work: Portrayal of the tedious labour of a mother and daughter assembling articles of clothing over sewing machine to make ends meet.

A Game of Mah-jong: Equivalent to the Western poker card game, Mah-jong is a popular pastime where players gamble small amounts of money.

Wontons and Warnings: Making wontons, a relatively cheap but time-consuming meal to make, was time spent between mother and daughter—often a time for mothers to lecture their children.

A Game of Chinese Chess: Two Chinese seniors engage in a long contemplative game of Chinese Chess.

Daily Exercise: A Chinese senior performs a series of Tai Chi movements.

Annie Wong is a multidisciplinary artist, arts educator and writer. Her practice involves engaging communities, institutions and various audiences in the artistic process of making meaningful experiences. Her work has been exhibited by Intersite Visual Arts Festival, Art on the Danforth, Nuit Blanche, and the Modern Literature and Culture Research Centre. She is currently Broken Pencil Magazine's Education Coordinator, where she collaborates with young people to create a variety of art experiences. She holds a BA in English Literature and a MA in Communication and Culture from York University.

http://www.ago.net/quotidian-chinese#
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By: AGO - Art Gallery of Ontario

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