UPCOMING AND CURRENT ACTIVITIES
Place des souhaits, and Arbre à souhaits
A collaboration between Jean de Lessard and myself to create an intergenerational public space in Montreal's Chinatown that celebrates, welcome and support local residents, families, and businesses. At its centre is my installation Arbre à souhaits which pays homage to the Chinatown community with handwritten messages and wishes of longevity 壽, health 康, fortune 福, prosperity 祿, happiness 喜, strength 強 and resilience 堅韌. A commission by Quartier des spectacles, Montréal with the support of our many collaborators including Taktik design Aventures du cœur de l'île Alexa Adam YiFang Hu, Parker Mah Winston Chan, Lili Lai, and Partenariat du Quartier des spectacles.
June - October, 2021, Place des souhaits is at the corner of Saint-Laurent and René-Lévesque Boulevard, Chinatown (Montréal, QC).
Solo online exhibition
Launching October 15, 2021
Art Canada Institute in partnership with Campbell River Art Gallery and curated by Jenelle M. Pasiechnik
Curated by Jenelle M. Pasiechnik
May 22-July 17, 2021, Campbell River Art Gallery (Campbell River, BC)
Group exhibition curated by Joyce Yahouda, in conjunction with Transmission
May 15 – July 4, 2021
La Vitrine Daigneault/Schofield: 2126 Rachel East (Montreal, QC)
Artists: Laurent Bouchard, Annie Briard, Massimo Guerrera, Moridja Kitenge, Nicolas Mavrikakis, Fabrizio Perozzi, Alana Riley, Karen Tam
Seeds for the Future, Seeds for the Now, A multi-sited collaborative public art project with Tea Base. Commissioned by Critical Distance Centre for Curators and curated by Noa Bronstein in the context of the Place Settings large-scale, durational project.
Summer 2021, Locations: Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw St., and 222 Spadina Ave. (Toronto, ON)
S’inscrire dans le présent – Inscribing in the present,
Exhibition of works by Moridja Kitenge Banza and Karen Tam, curated by Diane Gistal (founder of Nigra Iuventa) in dialogue with Shaping the Past, curated by Monument Lab. Presented by the Goëthe Institut de Montréal in collaboration with Never Apart.
July 15-September 25, 2021, Never Apart, 7049, rue Saint-Urbain (Montréal, QC)
With wings like clouds hung from the sky
Touring solo exhibition
February 2021, Varley Art Gallery (Markham, ON)
Enfants des brigands
Curated by Ariane De Blois
Autumn 2022, Plein sud, centre d'art actuel à Longueuil (Longueuil, QC)
-Portrait: Le Quartier chinois selon Karen Tam, Quartier des spectacles, Montréal, Summer 2021
-Kevin Griffin. "Whose Chinatown? Explores real and imaginary Chinatown,"
Vancouver Sun, Jan. 30, 2021 (p.A6)(read)
-Gail Johnson. "Whose Chinatown? Creates an art history with a spirit of acitivism and advocacy."
Stir Magazine, Jan. 22, 2021(read)
-Karen Tam. "Acheter un petit chinois: The Jesuit Museum of Chinese Art in Québec."
In Asia Collections Outside Asia: Questioning Artefacts, Cultures and Identities in the Museum.
Eds. Iside Carbone and Helen Wang, Kunsttexte.de/Transcultural Perspectives, no. 4, 2020 (PDF)