To make an auspicious home

On view February 15 – April 26, 2020

Annie Wong, 2020. Courtesy of the artist.

About the Exhibition

Annie Wong

In her first project as the Varley Art Gallery of Markham’s 2020 Community-Artist-in-Residence, Annie Wong explores a nuanced sense of nostalgia and cultural survival embodied by the everyday objects specific to the making of a Chinese home. These objects range from kitchen staples, such as dried ingredients typical of Chinese soups, to collections of traditional folk art of the kind that proliferated among Chinese communities during the early waves of immigration to Canada.

Borrowed from local residents in Markham and beyond, the objects here perform a type of diasporic Canadian “Chineseness,” despite or distinctively because of, their Western context.

Image: Annie Wong, 2020. Courtesy of the artist.

About the Artist

Annie Wong is a writer and multidisciplinary artist working in performance and installation. Her work begins at the intersections of the poetic and political in the matrix of everyday life, employing socially-engaged and process-oriented methods of artistic collaboration often with everyday people. Conceptually diverse, her current research explores embodied and affective knowledge from the anger of BIPOC feminist histories and the melancholy of diasporic hauntologies. Wong has presented research and projects across North America with Open Source Gallery (NY, New York), The Gardiner Museum (Toronto, ON), Studio XX (Montreal, QC), Third Space (Saint John, NB), Intersite: Visual Arts Festival (Calgary, AB), among others. She has held residencies at The Art Gallery of Ontario, Khyber Centre for the Arts (Halifax, NS), The Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity (Banff, AL), and most recently with the City of Calgary. Wong’s literary practice includes poetry, art writing, and non-fiction. Her writing can be found in C Magazine, Yishu: Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art, Canadian Art, Performance Research Journal (UK), and MICE Magazine.

Opening Reception 

Saturday, February 15, 2020
6 to 9 PM
Free Admission

The place to be on a Saturday night in Markham. Join us for critical conversations, contemporary art, food and fun in the studio.


Lunch and Learn

Wednesday, February 19, 2020
12:30 to 1:30 PM
Non-member $5

Launching the Varley Art Gallery’s 2020 Lunch and Learn series is Toronto-based artist Annie Wong. Surveying recent projects, Wong will discuss her interdisciplinary practice and her process-based approach to art making, including the use of ritual, sound work and community collaboration. She will also share her research interests and upcoming projects she is developing as part of her tenure as our 2020 Community-Artist-in-Residence.


食飯,竹升女! | Enjoy the meal, ma!

Sunday, March 29, 2020
5 to 8 PM

Barriers often occur as a common language shared by multiple generations of the same family becomes obscured when assimilating to Canadian culture. Annie Wong will practice speaking her lost mother-tongue with her mother, Minh and invites Cantonese and Mandarin speaking mothers and daughters who also experience these barriers to join them in friendly conversations over an informal hot pot dinner at the gallery. Registration is required. Limited space available.

Mahjong Game Day

Sunday, August 23, 2020
1 to 4 PM

More details to come.

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