work on paper featuring a hibiscus flower and a mother and child

Andrea Chung. Colostrum II, 2020. Ink and beads on paper handmade from birth cloth, Framed: 55.9 × 43.2 × 5.1 cm. Collection of Erika Williams, Yonkers, NY.  © Andrea Chung, courtesy of Tyler Park Presents

Andrea Chung

March 26, 2022 - October 1, 2022

Located on level 1 in gallery 140.

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A recent addition to the AGO collection, Andrea Chung’s A Litany for Survival (2019) was included in the exhibition Fragments of Epic Memory. Here, it is presented alongside selections from the artist’s series Colostrum, which have been loaned to the gallery by public and private collectors. These seven works on paper showcase a different area of Chung’s oeuvre: meticulously detailed collages that highlight themes of protection, empowerment, and nurturing. In the artworks shown here, the artist uses forms and materials that symbolize the historical significance of Black women’s labour in birthing and breastfeeding. This exhibition is curated by Alexa Greist, AGO Associate Curator and R. Fraser Elliott Chair, Prints & Drawings. 

Andrea Chung was born in New Jersey to Caribbean parents. In her research-based art practice, Chung investigates labour and materials connected to postcolonial countries. She uses perishable and precious materials steeped in her own personal history. In her work, Chung explores broad topics like the body and migration, as well as personal subjects, such as the stories of her ancestors. Chung lives and works in San Diego, California.


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Andrea Chung’s works were to be displayed as part of an exhibition entitled Preserving Histories. The AGO regrets that the Preserving Histories exhibition will not go ahead as originally planned. Joscelyn Gardner’s works will be displayed at the Gallery in a future presentation in 2023.

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