Look Towards the Sun – Art Exhibit
Look Towards the Sun, the last art exhibition from the public art program: Solidarity, which brings together local Indigenous and Chinese Canadian Artists and was launched last June 12th with Rivers Have Mouths.
It focuses on dialogue and public education on wellbeing and recovery through art, history, knowledge and culture.
Presented by Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, Look Towards the Sun, curated by Sarah Ling, is an artistic exchange between Lam Wong, a Chinese Canadian diaspora artist from Hong Kong and Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun, an artist of Cowichan and Syilx First Nations ancestry.
Yuxweluptun’s bold paintings unreservedly celebrate and assert Indigenous ways of living and being. His work shines a powerful light on Indigenous title, rights, and sovereignty on unceded territories.
Wong’s expressive paintings and contemplations as an immigrant shape his practice as the artist-in-residence at Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden. This show includes a personal response to the horrific findings of the remains of 215 children buried at the Kamloops Indian Residential School, the school that Yuxweluptun is a survivor of.
As communities combat the harmful impacts of anti-Indigenous and anti-Asian racism, we are reminded by Yuxweluptun and Wong to look towards the sun – to continually seek and reveal truth, to look within, to unlearn, to create connections, to reclaim, to restore, to more fully know who we are as individuals and nations.