As a Canadian-born Hong Kong-Chinese person, my interdisciplinary research-based practice investigates the interdependent relationship between objects, place and identity. I use my lens as a woman of colour to navigate discourses of transnationalism, migration, and diasporas. My early family memories function as a point of departure to reflect and respond to global contexts and (hi)stories. I collect and reference still and moving images, texts, audio and soundscapes, objects, places and spaces, popular culture, and digital media. This research tends to present itself as installations, sculptures, performances and texts that sometimes incorporate photography and video, as well as accumulations of ephemera that bring attention to things often overlooked.
Snack Witch aka Joni Cheung is a grateful, uninvited guest on the unceded territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm, Skwxwú7mesh, Stó:lō, Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh, and Kanien’kehá:ka peoples. She is currently working towards her Masters of Fine Arts in Sculpture and Ceramics at Concordia University and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts with Distinction in Visual Art (2018) from the School for the Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University. She has exhibited and curated shows at the CRES Media Arts Committee, Vancouver (2021); the FOFA Gallery, Montréal, Centre A: the Vancouver International Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Vancouver; the Audain Gallery, Vancouver; and has been featured in CBC Arts; and the Canada Line Transit BC Public Art Program, among other spaces and platforms.
They have been a recipient of numerous awards, including the British Columbia Arts Council Scholarship and the Dale and Nick Tedeschi Studio Arts Fellowship. She was waitlisted for the SSHRC – Joseph-Armand Bombardier: Canada Graduate Master’s Scholarship (2020).