Look Towards the Sun is an artistic exchange between Lam Wong, a Chinese Canadian diaspora artist from Hong Kong and Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun, an artist of Cowichan and Syilx First Nations ancestry. All living beings and spirits are interconnected. We reside under the same sun. Creating reflection and dialogue on environmental concerns and the interconnectedness of place, people, and culture is at the essence of this exhibition.
Yuxweluptun’s bold paintings unreservedly celebrate and assert Indigenous ways of living and being. His work shines a powerful light on Indigenous title, rights, and sovereignty on unceded territories.
Wong’s expressive paintings and contemplations as an immigrant shape his practice as the artist-in-residence at Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden. This show includes a personal response to the horrific findings of the remains of 215 children buried at the Kamloops Indian Residential School, the school that Yuxweluptun is a survivor of.
As communities combat the harmful impacts of anti-Indigenous and anti-Asian racism, we are reminded by Yuxweluptun and Wong to look towards the sun - to continually seek and reveal truth, to look within, to unlearn, to create connections, to reclaim, to restore, to more fully know who we are as individuals and nations.
The program of events will be as follows:
4:50pm – 5:10pm: Guests are welcome to arrive and enter through Carrall St (right across SUCCESS Care Home);
5:15pm – 5:45pm: Land acknowledgement, speeches from artists, curator and Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden Executive Director Lorraine Lowe;
5:50pm – 6:10pm: Special performance by Don Chow
6:15pm: Guests will follow the artists and curator to the Hall of One Hundred Rivers to explore the exhibit
7:30pm: last entry time (both entrance and gate to the Garden will be closed)
5pm – 9pm: Bar service (alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages) and mooncakes available for purchase on site
Some small scheduling changes may apply. We thank you in advance for your understanding.
Due to the current Provincial Health Orders, and because the safety and well-being of our staff and visitors is and always has been our priority, we will be requiring proof of vaccine (vaccination card).
We kindly ask you to provide it (or your physical vaccine card) along with a piece of government ID upon arrival to our staff.
Thank you for your understanding, support and kindness during this very challenging time for us all.
This exhibit is the last from the Art Exchange Public Program: SOLIDARITY. For more information click here
For more information regarding Look Towards the Sun, click here
This exhibition is held on unceded, traditional and ancestral xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish), and səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) territories.