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CHUN HUA CATHERINE DONG

  • Harold J Miossi Art Gallery - 7170 U.S. 1 San Luis Obispo, CA, 93405 United States (map)

“The Warrior” is a durational performance that explores how to use self-care, a new feminist strategy of resistance, to transform violent conflicts. Recent feminist discourse discusses to the potential power and radical nature of embracing self-care to explore our vulnerabilities because if “I matter, we matter, we are transforming what matters.” In this performance, I employ the similar strategy to create a liminal being by subverting my body to a site of contradiction and satire. The war is not inevitable. Conflicts can be diffused and transformed; arms can be laid down for good. Peace may often be elusive, but it is within our grasp which is both a gift and a task. For me, what the most important thing in this performance is to create some positive and sustainable gestures/actions that have capabilities to transform violence without depicting violence itself. Through satirizing the role of armed-force and juxtaposing the meditative gestures, this performance not only reveals a powerful sense of self and openness, but also turns the battle ground to a harmonious meditation space that cherishes human dignity, peace with justice, and shared well-being.

About Chun: Chun Hua Catherine Dong, born in China and lives in Montreal, is a visual artist working with performance, photography, and video. She received a MFA from Concordia University and a BFA from Emily Carr University Art & Design in Canada. She has performed in multiple international performance art festivals and venues, such as, The Great American Performance Art in Brooklyn, Rapid Pulse International Performance Art Festival in Chicago , 7a*11d International Festival of Performance Art in Toronto, Experimental Action/ Performance Art in Houston, Dublin Live Art Festival in Dublin, and so on. She is the recipient of Franklin Furnace Award for contemporary avant-garde art in New York in 2014. Her performance is listed amongst the ‘‘Top Nine Political Art Projects of 2010’’ by Art and Threat magazine. 

http://chunhuacatherinedong.com/

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