➔ Breathe Residency: Karen Tam, 13 November 2006 - 9 February 2007

Breathe Residency: Karen Tam, 13 November 2006 - 9 February 2007

Type: Artist Residency



artist-in-residence Lunar New Year Event


Programme ➔ Artist Residencies ➔ Breathe Residency, (2003-2013)


2006 Nov 13 (is beginning date)
2007 Feb 09 (has end date)


Karen Tam is an Canadian based artist whose research focuses on the various forms of constructions and imaginations of cultures and communities, through her installation work in which she recreates spaces of Chinese restaurants, karaoke lounges, opium dens, curio shops and other sites of cultural encounters.

During her residency at the Centre, she explored Western perceptions and recreations of China and Chinese Culture in her work Pagoda Pads. Taking inspiration from interior décor, fashion and television shows, the artist decorated spaces with a critical and racist slant using ‘must-have’ exotic accessories, furnishings, and objects which could be seen as stereotypes of Chinese culture through Western perceptions As part of this work she created 'Opium Den' in the residency studio and 'Zen-In-Ten Bathroom'.

The artist also created a CD of recordings of 19th racist folk songs which were linked to Manchester heritage; and contributed to a greetings card for the lunar new year in 2007.

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