Carleton University Art Gallery CUAG

Open Space Lab 02: Hong Kong Exile

Curated by Anna Khimasia

13 May – 21 May 2017

Open Space Lab (OSL) turns the empty gallery into a space for research, creation and collaboration ( OSL offers artists whose work is performance-based, exploratory and multi-disciplinary the space to explore, develop and initiate dialogue about ideas and art.

A co-production between Hong Kong Exile (Vancouver) and fu-GEN Theatre (Toronto), produced in association with Theatre Conspiracy (Vancouver), No Foreigners is a new performance work that considers Chinese shopping malls as racialized spaces of cultural creation and clash. Seven original stories begin in a mall and quickly diverge—catapulting across cities, between Cantonese and English, in and out of the afterlife, and through past, present and future. This project attempts to unpack what is at the heart of “Chineseness” and what the future can hold for all of us as visitors on unceded Indigenous land.

Formed in 2011, Hong Kong Exile is a Vancouver-based interdisciplinary arts company whose members are Natalie Tin Yin Gan, Remy Siu and Milton Lim. Hong Kong Exile is committed to creating vital and innovative art through collaborative investigation across disciplinary boundaries and outside the formal and aesthetic traditions of dance, theatre, new music and multimedia. Hong Kong Exile has presented its work at such events as the CanAsian International Dance Festival, Seattle International Dance Festival, Dancing on the Edge Festival and Gateway Pacific Theatre Festival. In 2017 Hong Kong Exile will begin a two year residency with the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival in Vancouver.

Open Space Lab is generously supported by the Stonecroft Foundation for the Arts and an Ontario Arts Council Culturally Diverse Curatorial Projects grant.

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