About

Through an interdisciplinary artistic practice, I investigate the interdependent relationship between objects, place and identity. As a Canadian-born Hong Kong-Chinese woman, I use this lens to navigate discourses of transnationalism, migration, and diasporas.

Growing up tirelessly grasping at my language ∴ culture, I soothed my hunger for connection via online communication/sharing platforms and by eating. These ingredients helped a hopeful pessimist calm rolling waves of loneliness and learn about their heritage and ancestry. Sifting through family memories of displacement—usually over conversations held over food-covered tables—and prickly experiences of trying to blend in until smooth, nourish points of interest to reflect and respond to global contexts and (hi)stories.

Conducting research is a ritual that molds the way I work. Chewing on the spectrum of transparency ↔ opacity and translation of forms (physical ↔ digital) and stories, I collect and layer still and moving images from archives and contemporary media, words, sound(scapes), objects, and places. This research simmers into installations conjured up with sculptures, performances, texts, audio explorations, photographs, and videos—marinating and transforming accumulated ephemera often overlooked by those outside of my communities. As of late, I have been using food and humour to draw people in with the familiar, to confront the uncomfortable histories embedded in the everyday.

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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. They are currently working towards becoming a Certified Sculpture Witch with a MFA in Sculpture and Ceramics at Concordia University and hold a BFA with Distinction in Visual Art (2018) from the School for the Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University. As a wicked #magicalgirl who eats art and makes snacks, she has exhibited and curated shows at Centre CLARK, Montréal; Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery, Montréal; Latitude 53, Edmonton; Chinatown Biennial, Toronto; Hotam Press Bookshop & Gallery, Vancouver; CRES Media Arts Committee, Vancouver; the FOFA Gallery, Montréal, Centre A, Vancouver; and has been featured in CBC Arts; and the Canada Line Transit BC Public Art Program, among other spaces and platforms.

They are a recipient of numerous awards, including the BC 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.

Cheung is excited to be presenting projects and holding spaces for conversation with Whippersnapper Gallery, Toronto; Eyelevel, Halifax; and DARE-DARE, Montréal, in the upcoming months.

Aside from researching/art-making/imagining/writing/teaching/dreaming, Joni likes doing snack and beverage reviews, medium length walks at the beach, being wrapped into a blanket burrito 🌯 & cinnamon bun 🥐, and her perfect first date involves a thorough walkthrough at multiple grocery stores + Costco, bubble tea, and breads + pastries 🌈.