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Gallery 101 presents: After Exclusion, Happy Fruit by Ed Kwan & Don Kwan

May 6, 2023 @ 2:00 pm - June 10, 2023 @ 5:00 pm

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Gallery 101 presents: After Exclusion, Happy Fruit by Ed Kwan & Don Kwan
May 6 – June 10 2023
280 Catherine Street, Ottawa

After Exclusion, Happy Fruit by queer Chinese-Canadian brothers Ed Kwan (aka China Doll) and Don Kwan explores two centenary legacies. The first: the federal government of Canada’s racist enactment of the Chinese Immigration Act on July 1, 1923, which effectively banned persons of Chinese origin from entering Canada for 24 years before it was repealed. And the second: the Kwan family’s own centennial in Canada – a legacy that began with the arrival of their maternal grandfather Chow Kwai Fong in British Columbia.

The exhibition delves into the legacies in two parts. After Exclusion reflects on the both the immediate and lasting impacts of discriminatory government policies, including the Chinese Head Tax (1885-1923); the revocation of voting rights at provincial and federal levels from Chinese-Canadians and those of South-Asian origins  (1872, 1907, and 1920 until 1951); and the Chinese Immigration Act (also known as the Chinese Exclusion Act, 1923-1947); as well as continuing effects of colonialism and racism. In contrast and defiance of these histories is Happy Fruit: one literal translation of gay ( 开心果 ) and a celebration the brothers’ queer Chinese identities and family history using language and play.

Through installation, sculpture and performance, Don and Ed challenge traditional cultural norms and reflect on the intersections of culture, identity, and history.  Their remarkable works embody the power of art as expression, truth-telling, and activism.

After Exclusion, Happy Fruit opens Saturday, May 6 from 2:00-5:00 PM at Gallery 101. Join us for art installations, performances, food, mahjong and more to celebrate Asian Heritage Month and the opening of the exhibition. Artist talks, tours, and a special China Doll Karaoke and Bingo fundraiser for Yet Keen Seniors’ Day Centre are also in the works throughout the month. Follow @G101Ottawa on Instagram and Facebook, or visit our website G101.ca/exhibits/after-exclusion-happy-fruit for upcoming event details.

Gallery 101 acknowledges the support from the City of Ottawa, Ontario Arts Council, Ontario Trillium Foundation, and Canada Council for the Arts. We honour and respect the original people of the territory we currently occupy: unceded and unsurrendered Anishnaabe-Aki who have been living and working on this land since time immemorial.


May 6, 2023 @ 2:00 pm EDT
June 10, 2023 @ 5:00 pm EDT


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