Curated by: Faith Moosang
An extraordinary collection of photographs by Chow Dong Hoy (1883 – 1973), a Chinese-Canadian photographer working in British Columbia’s Cariboo. His startling, evocative portraits of First Nations, Chinese, and Caucasian people in small-town British Columbia, taken between 1909 and 1920, form an important historical and cultural document about the roots of “otherness” in Canada. Hoy’s photographic aesthetic was in the portrait, and was driven by the spirit of invention. He was not a simple portraitist: his work was deliberate and informed, often including elaborate and precisely-positioned backgrounds. Taken as a collection, these moving and exquisite images depict a multiracial community frozen in time, and are as rich, varied and vital as the people they portray.
Assistance from the Barkerville Historic Town. Supported by the British Columbia Heritage Trust, Barkerville Historic Town and The Friends of Barkerville, The Hamber Foundation and the Canada Council for the Arts.
Presentation House Gallery and Arsenal Pulp Press, co-published a book, with text by Faith Moosang and an introduction by Paul Yee.
PHG Touring Exhibition
Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Victoria, BC - March 16 - May 21, 2000
Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA - June 8 - July 16, 2000
Kelowna Art Gallery, Kelowna, BC - July 29 - Sept 4, 2000
Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnepeg, MN - Jan 14 - April 1, 2001
MacKenzie Art Gallery, Regina, SK - April 13 - June 3, 2001
Art Gallery of Hamilton, Hamilton, ON - June 16 - August 19, 2001
Campbell River Museum, Vancouver Island, BC - Sept 6 - Nov 11, 2001
Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge, AB - Dec 1, 2001 - Jan 13, 2002
Canadian Museum of Civilization, Gatineau, QC - Feb 1 - Sept 3, 2002
Whyte Museum of Cnd Rockies, Banff, AB - Oct 1 - Jan 17, 2003
Sir Wilfred Grenfell College Art Gallery, Corner Brook, NFLD - Sept 25 - Nov 8, 2003
McCord Museum of Canadian History, Montreal, QC - August 26, 2004 - May 1, 2005