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“sik teng mm sik gong (pardon my chinese)” by Photographer Gloria Wong

Based in Vancouver, on the unceded territories of the Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh and Musqueam Nations, visual artist and curator Gloria Wong is the daughter of immigrants from Hong Kong. Much of her practice has been informed by her experience of being brought up in an Asian-Canadian context, but not exactly feeling like she belongs to either identity. “sik teng mm sik gong (pardon my chinese)” explores the complexities and nuances of this liminal state of being, looking for its physical manifestations in everyday moments— moments that exemplify the in-between—”between care and neglect, sterility and warmth, belonging and alienation.”

“My interest in exploring this hyphenated, in-between space emerged as a result of this upbringing,” Wong explains. “Although this liminality creates a fragmented sense of identity, it also allows for possibilities to emerge that aren’t as heavily burdened by specific histories and traditions. Even though this work is exploring a narrative that is common for many people, it is also a way of looking at my own identity, the self and how it is formed as a result of these intersections of family, immigration, diaspora.”

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