New Live Performance + Talk with the artist

about her residency in London at the CERA PROJECT

19th August - 6.15pm

Chun Hua Catherine Dong

Curated by Inês Valle


© theCERAPROJECT/Inês Valle, 2016



Duration: 30 minutes

“The Arrival — Where Are You From?l” is a participatory research-based performance that examines identity, place, and belongs through languages and gestures. The performance started from a twelve-day field research in London where the artist Chun Hua Catherine Dong asked to random people to say the question: “Where are you from?” with different tones and emotions, she recorded their voices.


She also invited people who she cannot meet in person to participate by asking them to record their own voices of saying“ Where are you from?” and send them to her. The final project is presented at The CERA Project in London where she use the recorded sound, salt, and paper boats to respond my research. 



Duration: 30 minutes

“The Arrival” seeks cultural intersections created by experiences of immigration and globalization, examining how transnational interconnections impact and shape our identity, questioning what it means to be a citizen of the world today, and how we all relate to each other in the rapidly changing world.


During this period she was able to recorded 156 people’s voices in London, for the voice sample, please visit her Soundcloud


Chun Hua Catherine Dong, born in China, is a visual artist working with performance, photography, and video. She received a M.F.A. from Concordia University and a B.F.A from Emily Carr University Art & Design in Canada. She has performed in multiple international performance art festivals and venues, such as, The Great American Performance Art in New York (2015), Rapid Pulse International Performance Art Festival in Chicago (2015), Infr’Action in Venice (2013), Dublin Live Art Festival in Dublin (2014), Miami Performance International Festival (2016), Kaunas Biennial in Lithuania (2013), Grace Exhibition Space in Brooklyn (2014), Select Art Fair in New York (2015), ENCUENTRO Performance and Conference in Santiago (2016), Internationales Festival für Performance in Mannheim(2013), Place des Arts in Montreal (2014), and so on. She has exhibited her works at Fernando Pradilla Gallery in Madrid (2016), The Aine Art Museum in Tornio (2013), Art Museum at University of Toronto in Toronto (2014), and Vancouver Art Gallery in Vancouver (2014). Her video work has been screened in Brazil, Mexico, Finland, Germany, Italy, Ireland, Colombia, Spain, The Netherlands, Finland, Poland, Greece, Romania, Croatia, Denmark, Sweden, Scotland, China, USA, and Canada. Her performance is featured at Marina Abramovic Institute and listed amongst the ‘‘Top Nine Political Art Projects of 2010’’ by Art and Threat magazine. Dong now lives in Montreal. Website

© theCERAPROJECT/ Issey Osman, 2016

Programme was kindly supported by the Canada Council for the Arts

We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, which last year invested $153 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country. | Nous remercions le Conseil des arts du Canada de son soutien. L’an dernier, le Conseil  a investi 153 millions de dollars pour mettre de l’art dans la vie des Canadiennes et des Canadiens de tout le pays.

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