Joni Cheung is a Canadian-born Hong Kongese-Chinese Visual Artist | Curator | Writer and grateful, uninvited guest who is implicated in settler colonialism. She is based in:
The ancestral, traditional, and unceded Coast Salish territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations, colonially known as Vancouver, BC, Canada
Tiohtiá:ke, the unceded lands of the Kanien’kehá:ka Nation, colonially known as Montreal, QC, Canada.
Her interdisciplinary practice investigates the interdependent relationship between identity and space. As a woman of colour, she uses her lens to navigate through discourses around/within transnationalism, migration, and diasporas.
Cheung’s practice uses personal experiences as points of departure to reflect and respond to global contexts and (hi)stories. Working collaboratively with others in her research-based practice, she collects and references still and moving images, texts, audio and soundscapes, objects, places and spaces, popular culture, and digital media, to bring attention to things that are often overlooked. Cheung’s research presents itself as installations, sculptures, and performances that sometimes incorporates photography and video.
Her works and exhibitions have been shown at Centre A: the Vancouver International Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Vancouver; the Audain Gallery, Vancouver; SFU Woodward’s as part of the Capture Photography Festival 2017 and 2018; Decoy Magazine; CBC Arts; LotusLand; Canada Line Transit BC Public Art Program; and the Vancouver Art Book Fair, along with other spaces and platforms.
Cheung holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts with Distinction in Visual Art (2018) from Simon Fraser University’s School for the Contemporary Arts and is a Master of Fine Arts – Studio Arts candidate in the Sculpture and Ceramics Concentration (2022) at Concordia University.