Before and After – Mayworks Festival


Documentation: Photos on Flickr

Before and After presents a series of visual images of self-representation and expression that illustrate the voices of Chinese immigrants and migrant workers in Toronto on the subject of the change of their labour value and employment situation as they relocate to Canada from Mainland China. These photographic and paper-cut images are created by a group of Chinese immigrants who attended a three-session workshop led by the artist, Alvis Choi and are accompanied by Alvis’s research on the topic of Chinese labour, particularly in the context of Toronto’s downtown Chinatown. The goal of this project is to raise awareness, empower and connect.

Opening Reception: Saturday May 3, 7 pm – 9 pm, Free
Exhibit Runs from: May 2 – May 23, Free
Gallery Hours: Wednesday – Saturday 1 pm – 5 pm, or by appointment
Location: Unpack Studio, 11 Willison Square

Workshop Funder: Toronto Arts Council/ Platform A and Jumblies Theatre.
Co-sponsored by Justicia for Migrant Workers, and Chinese Canadian National Council-Toronto Chapter.

This exhibition is part of the 29th annual Mayworks Festival of Working People and the Arts.