The Lost Twelve Years. © Tongyu Zhao

The Sign

Chun Hua Catherine Dong (Montréal)

March 16, 8 p.m.

Taking Place
Performance Art Series

The search for who we are is often fuelled by a need to find a place where we belong. The notion of place in Canada in 2017 will be significant. Narratives particular to belonging and to social cohesion will be critical. Taking Place is a performance art series conceived as a means to group together eight significant performance artists from around the globe under one roof precisely at a time when the notion of place becomes especially relevant. Place as address, as geography, as territorial attachment. Community. Taking Place was also conceived as a means to reference civil rights and liberation movements, of inclusiveness. Taking one’s place at a time when the notion of equity is equally as climacteric. Intersection, social identity and indefinite borders.

World premiere

How is shame encouraged within societies that reproduce capitalist and power relations? How is it used as a tool to marginalize certain groups and exert control over the body? Chun Hua Catherine Dong*’s new work *The Sign poses questions while exploring the visual culture of shame. Sixteen female performers stand in a row, each one wearing a mask and a rope around her waist, moving slowly through a series of symbolic gestures. Derived from Dong*’s personal ideology that the body is political, *The Sign seeks to deconstruct shame in relation to the female body using gestures, movements and audience participation.

Originally from China, based in Montréal, Dong is a visual artist working with performance art, photography and video. Her work aims to transform everyday political life into art, and has been showcased internationally in numerous exhibits and performance art festivals.

Performance : March 16
8 p.m.

20 $ per Taking Place performance
60 $ Taking Place Passport: Illimited access to all 8 performances


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