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At The Gallery / The House of 9 Dragons: Community, Family, Heritage

December 5, 2023 @ 12:00 pm - February 22, 2024 @ 5:00 pm PST

December 5th 2023 – February 22nd 2024, Massy Arts will host, The House of 9 Dragons: Community, Family, Heritage, a multimedia installation by Love Intersections (David Ng & Jen Sungshine), Sylvan Hamburger, in collaboration with the Lim Sai Hor Kow Mock Benevolent Association.

“The House of 9 Dragons: Community, Family, Heritage” grows from an intergenerational collaboration between Love Intersections and the Lim Sai Hor Kow Mock Benevolent Association. With a reciprocal interest in the future of Chinatown and preservation of benevolent associations, this exhibit invites audiences to be in conversation with living oral histories of the Lim (林) clan, whose still-beating heart and spirit flow through the veins of Chinatown. Our aim is to foster a collective vision of Chinatown’s future, rooted in the wisdom of our ancestors and the shared dreams of generations yet to come.

In dialogue with the oral histories are double sided archi/texture monoprint banners imprinted from the Lim building located at 531 Carrall St. Led by Sylvan Hamburger, we workshopped with Lim elders through calligraphy and participatory artmaking to explore memory, place, and meaning. The creative direction of these prints is also culturally and architecturally inspired by the Lim (林) surname (which loosely translates to “forest”, as pictography made up of 2 trees/wood), all while poignantly nestled in the BC landscape.

“The House of 9 Dragons” takes place on the unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and Sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. This collaboration is rooted in the historical context of Chinatown, shaped by Chinese railroad labourers who were brought to settle Indigenous territories as part of the ongoing colonial project.

We wish to acknowledge Canada Council for the Arts, Canadian Heritage, BC Arts Council, City of Vancouver, and the Lim Sai Hor Kow Mock Benevolent Association for supporting this ongoing project.

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This project is supported by the Community Arts Council of Vancouver + First Peoples’ Cultural Council.

The Massy Arts Gallery is located at 23 East Pender Street in Chinatown, Vancouver.
The gallery is open Wednesday to Sunday, 12pm to 5pm.
Entrance is free, and masks are mandatory.

To contact the gallery, send an email to: info@massyarts.com.

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December 5 @ 12:00 pm PST
February 22, 2024 @ 5:00 pm PST