HOLLY CHANG - THE ARCHIVE IN QUILTS: HOW WE CAN TELL STORIES ABOUT CHINESE CANADIANS


This project aims to develop new ways of retelling a history that has sometimes been forgotten: the history of Chinese Canadians. It retrieves photographic material and textual ephemera about Chinese Canadian history from Canadian archives and repurposes/recycles it in a series of quilts. Two questions guide the research. At its core, my work asks: how can the experiences of Chinese Canadians be embodied and personified through craft? How can the reception of craft effectively give voice to the Chinese Canadian community by shaping experience into an object?  More broadly, it asks: How does textile media offer a new way of thinking about history? About the archive? About identity? This project will unpack these questions and the final display will engage communities in Toronto and allow them to interact with the quilts further; to touch and learn about history in a tangible way.