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Chun Hua Catherine Dong

Chun Hua Catherine Dong

QC-CA/CN

Skin Deep

2019

BIO

Chun Hua Catherine Dong (she/they) is an artist living in Montreal. Dong holds an MFA from Concordia University and a BFA from Emily Carr University Art & Design. Dong’s work has been exhibited at the Quebec City Biennial, Phi Foundation MOMENTA | Biennale de l’image, MAC VAL in France, The Rooms Museum, and elsewhere. Dong was the 2014 recipient of the Franklin Furnace Award in New York, a 2020 finalist for Contemporary Art Award at Le Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, and a 2021 recipient of the Cultural Diversity in Visual Arts Prize, awarded by the Conseil des arts de Montréal.

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Skin Deep

Photography with augmented reality

Chinese shame is rooted in the concept of face. Shame is used as a tool of social control, a way to prevent citizens – especially women – from acting in ways that disrupt the status quo. I translate “shame” to a cultural symbol and create a series of ID-card photographs for which I conceal my face in Chinese silk fabrics. SKIN DEEP draws back the curtain and points to the deeply embedded feelings of shame that can cause women to hold back and stay silent, transforming performative gestures into potentially universal and relatable experiences.

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