Press release by SD Holman and SUM Gallery
SUM presents its first solo exhibition by Karin Lee, curated by Paul Wong and SD Holman:
SUM [Gallery] is in the [Vancouver] Downtown Eastside, a neighborhood which has been the locus for many racialized communities, Coast Salish, Chinese, Black, Japanese. Paul Wong and I are the co-curators of the inaugural exhibition queer-sum queer 心, We wanted the first solo exhibition be Chinese female identified. We wanted an artist with deep links to Vancouver’s Chinese and queer communities both, we wanted a woman whose work was challenging and transgressive and very queer – in other words, we wanted Karin Lee, a local artist who is 4th generation Chinese Canadian
Queer-sum a “Chinglish” translation and play on the words Queer Love, alludes to queer attraction that people experience, even though they believe themselves to be straight identified – or queer-sum (sum=love).
Filmmaker Karin Lee
presents three of her film/media works: a 2-channel remix of her classic 16mm film My Sweet Peony, a fantastical drama shot in the Dr. Sun Yat Sen Classical Chinese Gardens; Portrait of a Girl, a documentary shot in Beijing, and Small Pleasures, a period drama set in Barkerville BC.
The three works not only investigate sentiments of being “Queer-sum”, but pays tribute to Chinatown, where Lee spent her childhood – and the underlying racism which contributed to the very creation of “Chinatowns” amidst the colonization of First Nations people.
Join us for the Queer-sum opening reception at SUM on May 12, 2018, 2-4pm.