The Yellow Umbrella ? An Unfinished Conversation
Chun Hua Catherine Dong is a visual artist working with performance art, photography, and video. She received a MFA from Concordia University and a BFA from Emily Carr University Art & Design. Having performed and exhibited her work internationally, she is the recipient of the Franklin Furnace Award for avant-garde art in New York in 2014. Her performance is listed amongst the ‘‘Top Nine Political Art Projects of 2010’’ by Art and Threat magazine.
“The Yellow Umbrella—An Unfinished Conversation” is a performance that involves twelve performers engaging with yellow umbrellas. The umbrella is a symbol of protection and resistance. This performance seeks an intersection where aesthetics and politics ignite each other, exploring how symbolic and situational behaviors impact on our perception in regards to specific social movements and activism. It is relevant to open conversations about how to transform social and political landscapes through embodied gestures, examining relationships between the citizens and the place they live, between what they have lost and what they have gained in social political transformations.