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Gallery Exhibition / 週六喺嫲嫲度 Saturdays at grandma’s
October 12, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - November 9, 2021 @ 5:00 pm PDT
From October 12th to November 9th, Vancouver-based artist Jeffery Chong will exhibit the installation “Saturdays at grandma’s” at the Massy Arts Gallery.
The gallery is open Tuesday to Saturday, from 12pm to 5pm, at 23 East Pender Street in Chinatown, Vancouver.
This window display was formerly the storefront for Ming Wo, a kitchen supply store that served the Chinese community for many decades prior. Reflecting on this history, Jeffery Chong’s “Saturdays at grandma’s” recreates the kitchen table of Jeffery’s late grandmother, May Chong.
In her later years, May’s strength and mobility declined. She spent her waking hours at her kitchen table where she was the most comfortable. The kitchen was the warmest room in the house, and her everyday necessities were conveniently within reach.
Accompanying this display is a film documenting one of many Saturdays where Jeffery, along with his father, kept his grandmother company, and helped to prepare her food. The film exhibits the same items shown in the window display, and illuminates how these ordinary household objects still hold the memory of Jeffery’s grandma.
Jeffery Chong is a media artist, graphic designer, and film conservator. His media art is informed by his fragmented family history and interpretations of archival research. Jeffery came to graphic design through his work as an activist, creating posters, flyers, and t-shirts for community youth groups in Chinatown. He is 2nd/4th generation Chinese diaspora living on the unceded lands of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples.