When 10 Mar 2021 - 29 May 2021
Where Centre A -Vancouver International Centre for Contemporary Asian Art
205-268 Keefer Street
Vancouver V6A 1X5

This new exhibition brings together a number of photo, text, and media-based works that take an unflinching look at the systemic and absurd ways that economic ideology shapes social relations and beliefs. The works examine a range of conditions, from the racialization of low wage and precarious labour, to the financialization of housing by private equity, to the fanatical neoliberal rhetoric used to support the supremacy of the economy. Seen in the context of the coronavirus pandemic, the works in the exhibition portray not an inflection point, but systems and minds trapped in a recursive state—inertia, entrenchment, business as usual. Curated by Heng Henry Lu.

Will Kwan is a Hong Kong-born Canadian artist whose work examines the diverse ways that hegemony is produced through economic systems and cultural narratives. His work is held in the permanent collections of M+ (Hong Kong), Folkestone Artworks (Kent), and Hart House at the University of Toronto. Kwan has been artist-in-residence at the Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art (Manchester), the Headlands Center for the Arts (Sausalito), the Irish Museum of Modern Art (Dublin) and the Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto). He has participated in exhibitions at MoMA PS1 (New York), ZKM Center for Art and Media (Karlsruhe), CAC Vilnius (Lithuania), the MAC VAL (Vitry-sur-Seine), Art Museum at the University of Toronto, the Art Gallery of Ontario, Western Front (Vancouver), and in biennials/triennials in Liverpool, Folkestone, Montreal, and Venice. Kwan is an Associate Professor in Studio Art in the Department of Arts, Culture and Media, University of Toronto Scarborough and the Masters of Visual Studies Program at the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design, University of Toronto St. George.

The exhibition is part of the 2021 Capture Photography Festival Selected Exhibitions Program.

Public Programming
Online Artist Talk:
Saturday, April 10, 2021, 2:15 – 3:45 PM (Vancouver)

Centre A’s curator and interim executive director Henry Heng Lu will be in conversation with the Toronto-based artist and discuss different manifestations of inequality explored in the exhibition.

Registration Link and more programming will be available via centrea.org/will-kwan-exclusion-acts in the coming weeks.

For more information please click here.

Image courtesy of the event organizer.