I am a Canadian-born Hong Kong-Chinese person investigating the interdependent relationship between objects, place and identity through an interdisciplinary research-based practice. 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 presents itself as installations, sculptures, performances, texts, photography and video, as well as accumulations of ephemera that bring attention to things often overlooked. My favourite materials are banal, everyday objects that hold significant cultural weight and through their sheer existence, they are documents of the shared lived-experiences and memories between individuals within and outside of my communities.
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 their Masters of Fine Arts in Sculpture and Ceramics at Concordia University and hold 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; 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).
Aside from researching and writing, 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, getting bubble tea, and breads + pastries from all the bakeries 🌈 .