Lucie Chan: To Be Free, Everything You Most Hate and Fear

When 24 Jan 2020 - 14 Mar 2020
Where Centre A
Unit 205 - 268 Keefer Street
Vancouver V6A 1X5

Guyana-born, Vancouver-based Lucie Chan makes multi-layered drawing installations that often include animations and works produced with voluntary participants to discover potentially connected cross-cultural narratives between seemingly disparate lives. Through the eye of the general public, ongoing personal experiences have brought the artist into a consistent mode of curiosity around the encounters and representations of racialized bodies, specifically Black bodies, and how they all differ yet are intertwined. Stemming from Chan’s recent growing attention towards the return of a racist candy depicting Black babies, and her attempts to have them removed from several businesses that sell them, the exhibition draws from particular imagery, representation, and distinct documentation that get buried yet continuously resurface and remain. To Be Free, Everything You Most Hate and Fear is comprised of a wide range of materials such as candy, text-based drawings, a racist ad from the 1950’s, and found objects. The exhibition uses several seemingly disparate historical and current-day elements, and reflects Chan’s layered inquiry imagining what it would be like, when in public, to be not either hated or feared. The title of the exhibition is also a nod to Adrian Piper’s The Mythic Being: I Embody Everything You Most Hate and Fear (1975).

Lucie Chan has participated in duo and group exhibitions at the National Gallery of Canada, Carleton University Art Gallery, Mendel Art Gallery, Dalhousie Art Gallery, Robert McLaughlin Art Gallery, TRUCK Contemporary Art, among others. Her work has also been featured in solo exhibitions at such venues as the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, the MAI (Montréal Arts Interculturels), Mount Saint Vincent University Art Gallery, Line Gallery, and most recently Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery. She was also long-listed for the Sobey Art Award in 2006 and 2010. She has completed residencies across Canada, Portugal, Spain, France, and Italy, but spends most of her time making art on the Coast Salish territories of B.C.


Saturday, February 29, 2020, 1 – 4 PM

In tandem with her exhibition To Be Free, Everything You Most Hate and Fear at Centre A, Lucie Chan will give a public talk at the gallery on Saturday, February 29 from 1 to 2 PM, followed by a storytelling workshop from 2 to 4 PM.

No registration is required for the artist’s talk. For more information about the workshop, or to reserve a spot, please follow this link:

Free for Members / Pay-what-you-can for Non-Members

The workshop invites members of the public to contribute an inventory of personal stories related to immigration, migrant identities, and the meaning of connection, home, and community, as part of the artist’s research for a new body of work.

Mandarin and Cantonese interpretation will be available at the event, and spaces will be reserved for those who have a connection to the Chinatown community.

Located in Vancouver’s Chinatown, Centre A acknowledges and recognizes the complex and multilayered experiences of the individuals who have lived, built, and contributed to the vibrancy of this historic neighbourhood, and those who continue to do so today. We highly encourage our neighbours, co-residents, and friends in the Chinatown community to join us for this storytelling workshop.

Image courtesy of the event organizer.

For more information please click here.