Lectures and Talks

Lunar New Year Artist Talk: Clare Yow on Food and Race

Mon Feb 22, 2021 | 4 PM

Vancouver Art Gallery

Clare Yow, Murmur in the flesh, 2019, inkjet print, Courtesy of the Artist


Celebrate the Lunar New Year with us at a special artist talk by Clare Yow, presented in collaboration with the Vancouver Art Gallery’s Institute of Asian Art (IAA).

Interdisciplinary artist Clare Yow’s talk traces the intersection of race and food, while looking at how her diasporic journey as a Chinese-Canadian immigrant and settler has and continues to shape her artistic practice. Working primarily in the medium of photography, Yow creates artworks that revolve around food and explore embodiment, memory and loss. Yow will discuss the relationship between food, culture and race and how it informs her practice.

Following Yow’s presentation, she will be joined for a conversation with Public Programs Coordinator Stephanie Bokenfohr and IAA Programming Assistant Lynn Chen.

Let’s learn through food! In celebration of the Year of the Ox, we invite all attendees to share their family traditions or recipes in the chat or live on Zoom. You are also welcome to bring a dish that is special to your culture, and, together, we’ll eat and share memories.

Make a night of it! Enjoy a Lunar New Year feast at home from 1931 Gallery Bistro. Mix and match any 6 or 10 menu items for $75 or $120 respectively. All orders have a chance of winning a $50 Bistro gift card. Order online for pick up or delivery »

Questions? Submit them during the Zoom presentation using the Q&A function. You can also engage with your fellow attendees and panelists during the event using the Chat function.

New to Zoom? Learn how to register and attend a webinar here »


Clare Yow is a visual artist whose lens-based art practice revolves around the politics of identity and being. She focuses on how race, transnationality and feminist culture intersect with the everyday, while continually situating herself on the lands she has called home as a Chinese-Canadian diasporic immigrant and settler. In the fall of 2020, Clare launched United Aunties, an online shop and market based out of BCA Sun Wah in Vancouver’s Chinatown that features a curated selection of local art and crafts. An extension of her practice, United Aunties works to support artists and strengthen community connections in the neighbourhood. Yow resides, works and parents on the unceded, ancestral and occupied territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and səl̓ílwətaʔɬ /Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) First Nations, known as so-called Vancouver.


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