Franklin Furnace Fund Recipients 2014-15

(Montreal, Canada)Chun Hua Catherine Dong

Project Description

My project examines the visual culture of shame in relation to the body, subjects and power in contemporary performance art. I will create a staged multimedia show where performers talk and reinterpret stories of shame collected from marginalized communities around New York City, and deconstruct experiences of shame through humor, gestures and audience participation. I question how shame is encouraged within today’s societies that reproduce capitalist and power relations, and how it is used as a tool to not only oppress certain group members, but also to exert control over the body.


Chun Hua Catherine Dong is a Chinese-born artist working in performance art, photography, and video. She received a B.F.A from Emily Carr University Art & Design and a M.F.A. from Concordia University in Canada. She has been invited to participate in multiple international festivals and exhibitions in North American, Europe and Asia. Her research is supported by Canada Council for Arts, Canada Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, British Columbia Arts Council, and Concordia University Faculty of Fine Arts.