Interior Migrations: ​International Migrant Workers on Canadian Farmland


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Interior Migrations: ​International Migrant Workers on Canadian Farmland

This photographic installation by Gu Xiong came to us after being at the Art Gallery of Ontario, and reflects Gu’s friendships and connections to migrant workers in a way that will be familiar to our agricultural community, and which provides an extraordinary portrait of the workers who are vital to the success of Canada’s food producers. 

We can’t imagine a better show to launch on Canada Day, as we explore where Canada comes from and where it is going, and who makes it work. Gu Xiong is a Chinese-Canadian Artist dedicated to migrant issues and global flows of culture, ideas, and identity. He was in residence at Ross Creek now, and was in attendance at the opening; this was his first exhibit in Nova Scotia, and we were so pleased to introduce him to our local and arts community. 

The photographs in this exhibit were originally part of a major solo show designed for an opening in Gu’s hometown of Chongqing, which were rescued from destruction when the Chinese Cultural Police ordered the exhibit closed before it opened.  

Ross Creek is grateful to the Canada Council for the Arts and the Province of Nova Scotia for their support of this program. 

About the Artist

Gu Xiong

Gu Xiong

Gu Xiong, a multimedia artist from China, now lives in Canada. He is an expert in painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, photography, video, digital imagery, text, performance art, and installation. He has exhibited nationally and internationally including more than 40 solo exhibitions and three public art commissions. Gu Xiong’s practice centres on the creation of a hybrid identity arising from the integration of different cultural origins. Through the critical angle of visual art, his work encompasses sociology, geography, economics, politics, and literature, as well as the dynamics of globalization, local culture and identity politics, through which he constitutes an amalgamation of multiple cultural histories and seeks to create an entirely new identity. The construction of a new level of being is Gu Xiong’s primary interest.

Click below to learn more about the artist at an external website. 

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