How to Be 57

Lucie Chan’s exhibition, How to Be 57, is now on view at Oxygen Art Centre from 3 September – 1 October 2022. Chan was Oxygen’s artist-in-residence during the month of August. The exhibition of a previous body of work, How to Be 57 (2018), which includes drawings, text, and sculpture follows her residency. The work is an example of a similar research and creation processes that Chan will employ during her residency. In How to Be 57 the artist works intimately with two women who have radically opposing experiences with the police. One, a Dutch immigrant in France finds herself interrogated in her home despite her innocence. The other, an unarmed civil servant, suffers racialized violence when her apartment is mistakenly raided. The work considers dynamics of age and otherness and can be seen as a lens into systemic violence and injustice that are pervasive for diasporic communities in Canada. How to Be 57 might be understood as a hypothetical guide to experiencing a precise moment of transformation in a stranger’s life, a reminder that living is an act of perpetual inscription. The work is a complex portrait, and a non-linear exploration at these common racialized narratives. How to Be 57 will be on view at Oxygen Art Centre from 3 September to 1 October 2022 on Wednesdays to Saturdays from 1:00 – 5:00 PM. Admission is free. Everyone welcome to attend.
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