Diversity – Fusion – Unity

13 to 19 May 2019 | Metro Hall Rotunda

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Diversity – Fusion – Unity—Asian Heritage Month Art and Photo Exhibitions—featured exhibitions with photographs by members of the Chinese Canadian Photographic Society of Toronto (CCPST) and by Stephen Siu, Edwin Ho and Tam Kam Chiu, Grand Master of the Photographic Society of America.

Visual Art by WE Artists’ Group: Henry HoErik ChongSharon Cook, Jessica Deng Irene Hung, Brian Lau, and introducing new artists: Guo Yue Dou, Wendell Chen, Gyan Sandhu, Kulwant Singh and Frank Chao

Curators Dr. Lien Chao and Tam Kam Chiu

Tam Kam Chiu and Lien Chao, Asian Heritage Month 2019. Photograph provided by Tam Kam Chiu

The exhibition explores the fusion of two types of visual art: painting as an imaginative reproduction of reality and photography as a realistic representation of life. In juxtaposing these two visual art forms, the innovative ways Asian artists manipulate the multicultural setting of Canada can be seen, such as applying oil painting techniques on Chinese themes or using Chinese brush painting to show Canadian themes. How photography aspires to be a verisimilitude of life and an imaginative interpretation informed by Asian philosophy will also be shown. Dr. Lien Chao worked with the Artists Association and the Chinese Canadian Photographic Society of Toronto to feature their members’ works. During the festival weekend, the artists and photographers will be present to talk about Asian art media and demonstrate their techniques; these educational activities aim at helping the public to develop necessary knowledge and critical skills to appreciate Asian art.

Co-Organizers: Asian Heritage Month—Canadian Foundation for Asian Culture (Central Ontario) Inc.; Chinese Canadian Photography Society of Toronto; WE Artists’ Group; Social Services Network; York Centre for Asian Researc, York University; Asian Institute, Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy; Richard Charles Lee Canada-Hong Kong Library, University of Toronto

Asian Heritage Month Festival is partially funded by the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, and supported by Toronto Arts Council with funding from the City of Toronto

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