The video considers the artist's family history in China, from her grandfather's secret operative work for the Chinese government during WWII, with a masquerade of wealth as his cover in Hong Kong, to the violent reforms of the 1960s, and the perception of this privilege that lead to his family's torment. Memory and history come in and out of focus, across generations.
The backdrop of a Cultural Revolution set in Zhenbeibao Western Film Studio, a site of artifice, allows an interrogation of how we see history. A tour of a lens factory furthers this line of questioning, the mechanical construction of sight laid bare before us.
About the XIT-RM
Emerging artists in the Greater Toronto Area and the Mississauga region are showcased monthly in the Project Room. Six artists annually are selected with a published catalogue and accompanying critical text. Exhibitions that honour the Mission and Mandate goals of The AGM are selected by the Curatorial team.
The emphasis is on contemporary art and critical engagement. The exhibition space is dedicated to the vision of highlighting regional talent. The exhibition features its own opening/vernissage and also ties closely with regional universities and link in with the educational components of the AGM Resource Centre and the Artist Professional Practices Series.