Bio

Henry Tsang is a visual and media artist who is based on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh peoples. His projects explore the spatial politics of history, language, community, food and cultural translation in relationship to place, taking the form of gallery exhibitions, pop-up street food offerings, 360 video walking tours, curated dinners, ephemeral and permanent public art, employing video, photography, language, interactive media, food and convivial events. Projects include: Tansy Point, a video installation of the site of the 1851 treaty signings by the Chinook peoples and the US government that still have not yet been ratified; 360 Riot Walk, a 360 video walking tour of the 1907 Anti-Asian Riots in Vancouver, Canada; The Maraya Project, which investigates the reappearance of Vancouver’s False Creek in Dubai as the Dubai Marina; Orange County, which explores overlapping urban and socio-political spaces in California and China;Napa North, which unearthes relationships between wine, real estate and cultural translation in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley; and Welcome to the Land of Light, a public artwork along Vancouver’s False Creek that underscores Chinook Jargon, a 19th Century local trade language, and the English that replaced it. He has worked with Vancouver’s Chinese Cultural Centre to produce curatorial projects such as Self Not Whole: Cultural Identity and Chinese-Canadian Artists in Vancouver (1991) and Racy Sexy (1993); and with artist-run centres, City at the End of Time: Hong Kong 1997 (1997). He received the VIVA Award in 1993 and is Associate Professor at Emily Carr University of Art & Design in Vancouver, Canada.