The Business of Being
Art Crawl: June 9th, 2017.
228 James St. North, Hamilton ON
Factory Media Centre is pleased to present its June Art Crawl programming: The Business of Being. Comprised of a screening of films by Richard Fung and Ho Tam, whose thoughtful, self-reflective, whimsical, and beautiful pieces invite us to consider the various ways in which we navigate the world around us, both as artists and as immigrants.
Richard Fung, Re:Orientations. 2016. Single-channel video, colour, 68 minutes.
A fascinating look into the lives and thoughts of seven queer pan-Asian Canadians as they look back on a 1984 documentary in which they featured. How have they changed? And how has the world around them evolved and changed?
Ho Tam, Confessions of a Salesman. 2008. Single-channel video, colour and B&W, 55 minutes.
"In today’s world, an artist is often a salesman, moving between self-expression and mass appeal. As a queer Asian man living and working in North America, I would like to reflect of this subculture intersecting with the mainstream, and in so doing, addressing the past, present and possible future." - Ho Tam
About the artists:
Richard Fung's work comprises challenging videos on subjects ranging from the role of the Asian male in gay pornography to colonialism, immigration, racism, homophobia, AIDS, justice in Israel/Palestine, and his own family history. His single-channel and installation works, which include My Mother’s Place (1990), Sea in the Blood (2000), Jehad in Motion (2007), Dal Puri Diaspora (2012) and Re:Orientations (2016), have been widely screened and collected internationally, and have been broadcast in Canada, the United States and Trinidad and Tobago.
Ho Tam was born in Hong Kong and educated in Toronto, Canada and has worked in advertising firms and community psychiatric facilities before turning to art. He works in a diverse mix of disciplines including painting, video, print and public art and has exhibited in various cities across North America. His first video, The Yellow Pages, was commissioned by the public arts group Public Access for an installation/projection at Union Station in Toronto, 1994/95. Tam currently lives in New York City and is working on a few new projects including a video on a famous Chinese movie star from the 40s.