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Rearranging Desires- Curating the "Other” Within  October 6-31, 2008,  fofa Gallery, Concordia University1455 Boul, De Maisonneuve West Montréal, Québec

Curator; Alice Ming Wai Jim,
Artist: Ayesha Hameed, Karen Tam, Chih-Chien Wang and Mary Sui Yee Wong
  Opening : October 17, 6-8pm  Fashion show of artist Mary Sui Yee Wong's Yellow Apparel, modeled and performed by Choeur Maha will take place during the opening

Mary Sui Yee Wong's Yellow Apparel

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In our present situation where cultural borders are constantly shifting with the increase of nomadic movement resulting from an economic aggression towards globalization, there are those who feel unsettled by the cross-cultural and socio-political hybridization that is remapping national and individual identities. 

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Within this climate of flux, there is a resurgence of a kind of fashionable Orientalism that concerns me.  Take for example the recent trends towards the use of Asian calligraphy and symbols in clothing, the popularization of Feng Shui in architecture, Hollywood’s attempt to cash in on Kung Fu movies, and the flooding of contemporary Asian art in the international art market. This concern has brought me to revisit my passion for fabrics and surface designs as it relates to representation and cultural consumption. 

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Yellow Apparel employs the convenient vehicles of fashion and fashion photography combined with the look of the 60’s to re-appropriate the appropriated and play with notions of acculturation as part of the everyday. Taking form as a performance-installation, a unique line of clothing will be displayed in the gallery street-level vitrine and modeled during a fashion extravaganza at the exhibition opening.  

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Mei Ren美人 

美 mei (beautiful) 人 ren (person) is an interactive sculpture that capitalizes on a seemingly harmless product like paper doll cut-outs as a variant to my explorations into fashion as a powerful canon that determines the status quo. A life size cutout of myself will be displayed along side a wardrobe of various Western and Asian period clothing pieces. In keeping with notions of prête a porté and the playful aspect of cut-out kits, viewers will be invited to interact with the work by dressing the doll with any range of outfits. 

Both works seek to create a space: material, social, cultural, and political, that allows me to explore how post-colonial Orientalism is marketed, disseminated and consumed. 

Mary Sui Yee Wong 2008 


 
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