Recognition: Asian Artists and Community
For many artists of Asian descent, the journey to understanding one’s roots, heritages, cultures and their multiple histories has been a powerful and creative force for their work. The personal journeys that artists have embarked upon in order to make sense of themselves has resulted in a looking outward as well as inward. What many have discovered is that the answers were often closer to home than originally anticipated.
Recognition brings together a collection of videotapes from a variety of artists of Asian heritage who have looked to their mothers, fathers, and families in order to recognize themselves, as well as to learn more of what might inform their identities and foster a stronger sense of belonging. This exhibition celebrates Asian communities and artistic communities, their work and aspirations.
Cheryl Sim was born in Hamilton Ontario of Chinese and Filipino parentage. She moved to Hudson, Québec, at the tender ager of 11 and graduated to the city of Montréal in 1992 after finishing a degree in Radio and Television Arts at Ryerson in Toronto. As an independant videomaker and editor, her work often deals with issues of ethnicities, images of women and grassroots community activism. She moolights as a lounge sister, and in her spare time enjoys flamenco dancing.