This spring, Saskatoon’s Public Art Advisory Committee (PAAC) selected Jinzhe Cui’s 66 Physiognomies to recognize and honour the each of the works of public art commissioned by the city’s Placemaker program over the past 20 years. For this project, Cui collaborated with Jeff Chief (Aboriginal artist and designer), Andrea des Roches (Metis researcher, writer and editor) and Jiapei Wang (Researcher and Chemist). 66 Physiognomies comprises cards, a video, an artist book and a traditional Chinese style scroll ink drawing. Six public events around the city incorporate an outdoor video projection, interviews, storytelling, meditation, card distribution and collaborations with artists, volunteers and community organizations.
The Surface brings together several video and photographic installation works by Chun Hua Catherine Dong. Shared among these works, for Dong, is the underlying premise that the body is political. She is interested in blurring boundaries between personal and political, between private and public, between performance and everyday practice. She has established her body as a visual territory, and a primary material in her artwork to activate social commentary on immigration, race and gender. Through encapsulating these global issues in microcosm or magnifying personal predicaments until they become universally visible, she presents the body as a defined and experienced reality, and locates herself at the nexus of author, artwork and audience.
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