Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival
Gu Xiong, I am who I am, 2001-06
Gu Xiong, I am who I am, 2001-06
2006 Public Installation

Gu Xiong
I am who I am

May 1–28, 2006
St Patrick Subway Station
Dundas St at University Ave

Gu Xiong is a Chinese multimedia artist, currently
living in Vancouver. His work explores the cultural
and individual identity shifts that have become
prevalent in contemporary life and his photographs
of Chinese Canadians encompass the dynamics of

"My installation deals with people’s
experiences of being “immigrants” within the
context of identity, place and community, linking
cultures, geographies and different social
backgrounds together. Specifically, it explores their
struggles to understand their new adopted
homeland, and, in a broader sense, the implications
of dual cultures, of past and present, on individual
identity. Immigrant experiences have profound
effects on ideas of community, home, nationality
and individuality. To rediscover oneself in terms of
human and cultural survival under the conditions of
immigration and globalization is a great part of
rebirth." GU XIONG, February 2006

The installation of photographs by Gu Xiong and
Xing Danwen in the St. Patrick subway station,
provocatively explores contemporary global culture.

Artist Lecture May 11 - see PROGRAMS

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