Karen Tam’s installation deconstructs and reconstructs different ‘ethnic spaces’ to see which elements signify meaning for the public and thus play a role in influencing Western perception of the Chinese, or the Other. In Terra dos chinês curio shop, Tam recreates spaces such as the Chinese restaurants, karaoke lounges, opium dens, Chinatown curio shops and other sites of cultural encounters to look at how the corporeal experience of space allows one to understand its history and community. Using a cultural studies framework, Tam invites a critical view of contemporary chinoiserie, of the impact of the Chinese export trade, and of goods produced for the ‘Western’ taste.
Karen Tam is an artist whose research focuses on the various forms of constructions and imaginations of cultures and communities. She has exhibited her work in Canada, Europe, and the US since 2000. She lives and works in Montreal and London, and holds a PhD in Cultural Studies from Goldsmiths (University of London). She is represented by Galerie Hugues Charbonneau.
Participating Artists: Karen Tam (Montréal)
Credits: Image : Karen Tam, Terra dos chinês curio shop (2015)
Opening: Terra dos chinês curio shopFriday, September 2, 2016 - 19:00
It is with great pleasure that articule invites you to the opening reception of the exhibition Terra dos chinês curio shop by Karen Tam (Montreal).
Free entrance and warm ambiance.
25 Aug 2016 | [comment_count]
Discussion with Karen Tam (Montreal)Saturday, September 17, 2016 - 15:00
As part of the exhibition Terra dos chinês curio shop, articule has the pleasure of inviting the public to a conversation between artist Karen Tam (Montreal) and professors Alice Ming Wai Jim (Art History) and...
09 Sep 2016 | [comment_count]
Staging Critical Chinoiserie: Karen Tam’s Terra dos Chinês Curio Shop September 02, 2016
The latest iteration of Karen Tam’s mixed media installation Terra dos Chinês Curio Shop (2011-ongoing) turns attention to the spaces of...
08 Sep 2016 | [comment_count]