Screening and artist talk with Jacqueline Hoang Nguyen

Sat Feb 1, 2014 - 12:00 pm - Sat Feb 1, 2014 - 4:00 pm @ A Space Gallery
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Saturday 1 February
12 - 2pm: Screening, artist talks and panel discussion
2 - 4pm: Exhibition Reception - artists present
A Space Gallery
401 Richmond Street W, Suite 110

Join us this Saturday at A Space for a special screening and artist talk with Jacqueline Hoang Nguyen!

Following Jacqueline Hoang Nguyen's recent visit to Toronto on January 18th to host the first workshop in an ongoing, online project and workshop series,The Making of an Archive, Nguyen joins us in Toronto once again for a special screening and conversation in conjunction with an exhibition at A Space Gallery.

Space Fictions, presented by A Space and curated by Vicky Moufawad-Paul, presents projects by Nguyen as well as artist Juan Ortiz-Apuy. For the opening reception of this project, Nguyen's film 1967: A People Kind of Place will be screened in the context of the Gendai's Model Minority series. This film and the larger research-based project, Space Fictions & the Archive act as the catalysts for Nguyen's current project with Gendai, The Making of an Archive (TMoaA). While researching for her film, Nguyen discovered that most national archives in Canada lack visual materials under the tag of "multiculturalism". To address this void in representation, TMoaA aims to gather photographs from anyone who migrated to Canada in, or after 1967, the year in which Canada's immigration policies changed, having first adopted a point-based, merit system of immigration. The screening and conversation at A Space will offer an opportunity to further contextualize and understand the framework in which the current project TMoaA was conceived.

1967: A People Kind of Place unfolds in the small community of St. Paul, Edmonton, where the world's first UFO Landing Pad was erected. This now forgotten monument was built as part of Canada's Centennary project, symbolically welcoming the world - including intergalactic beings to Canada. The artist's focus revolves around the intersection of the notion of hospitality, diversity, and the implementation of Canada's radical immigration policy, which occurred in 1967 and posited Canada as the instigator of multiculturalism.

The panel discussion following the screening will include exhibiting artists Jacqueline Hoang Nguyen and Juan Ortiz-Apuy, along with one of Gendai's Model Minority programmers, Maiko Tanaka and A Space Artistic Director and curator, Vicky Moufawad-Paul.

The screening, artist talks and panel discussion are co-presented by Gendai Gallery and A Space Gallery. Space Fictions is on view at A Space Gallery from February 1 - March 15.

Quebecois-Canadian of Vietnamese origin, Jacqueline Hoang Nguyen is a research-based artist currently living and working in Brooklyn (US) and Stockholm (SE). Nguyen recently completed the Whitney Independent Study Program (Studio 2010-11), and obtained her MFA and a postgraduate diploma in Critical Studies at the Malmö Art Academy (2003-05). She has been awarded a number of distinguished grants and has exhibited both internationally and nationally.

Visit Gendai's Model Minority blog for information on current and past Model Minority events.

For more information on A Space Gallery, click here.

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