Unit Bruises: Theodore Wan & Paul Wong, 1975-1979

Saturday April 20, 2024 - Sunday June 30, 2024
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Theodore Sasketche Wan, Panoramic Dental X-Ray (1 of 3), 1977, silver gelatin print on paper, 27.2 x 34.9 cm, Collection of Vancouver Art Gallery, Acquisition Fund

April–June 30, 2024
Opening Reception: Saturday, April 20, 2:00–4:00 p.m.

Richmond Art Gallery
Richmond Cultural Centre
7700 Minoru Gate
Richmond, BC  

Monday–Friday: 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
Saturday–Sunday: 12:00–5:00 p.m.

Curated by Michael Dang

Unit Bruises brings together the works of two Chinese-Canadian conceptual artists active during the 1970s: Theodore Sasketche Wan (b. 1953; d. 1987) and Paul Wong (b. 1954). By mobilizing their own respective bodies, and the visual languages of medical and procedural illustrations, both artists subverted notions of objectivity that have been naturalized through such hegemonic imagery. Through these intensely physical works, the two artists respectively asserted their othered subject-positions as people of colour as well as ruminated on the topics of illness, death, and the human condition. 

Unit Bruises is part of the 2024 Capture Photography Festival Selected Exhibition Program. 

With support from the Audain Endowment for Curatorial Studies through the Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory in collaboration with the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery at The University of British Columbia.