RELATIONS: Diaspora and Painting Book Launch

Free admission
Date and time
Thursday, October 29, 2020 from 7 PM to 8 PM

RELATIONS: Diaspora and Painting
Pre-sale launch price (from October 7–November 8, 2020): $55 CAD
Regular price: $65 CAD
Accepted payment methods: debit cards, and credit cards
*The book will be available for pick-up and delivery in early November.

To order a copy:
[email protected]
514 849-3742

The PHI Foundation for Contemporary Art is pleased to launch a new publication that chronicles RELATIONS: Diaspora and Painting, an exhibition which explores the multiple and evolving meanings of diaspora, its condition, and its experiences as expressed through painting. This richly illustrated volume features installation views, reproductions and thoughtful essays written on each artist’s work. The book is co-published with Hirmer Publishers, based in Munich.

Please join us on Zoom for a presentation of the publication RELATIONS: Diaspora and Painting, with Cheryl Sim (Managing Director and Curator), Jon Knowles (Exhibitions and Publications Manager), and Léon Lo (Studio Feed), who will speak to the production of the book. Montreal-based artist Emily Jan will offer a reading of the foreword of the publication and we will also engage writers and artists who are present in an informal discussion on the journey to the realization of the texts.

Thursday, October 29, 2020 at 7 PM
Zoom Meeting ID: 963 7771 4430
Password: relations

This event will be bilingual, in French and English.

Editor: Cheryl Sim
Contributions by Rahel Aima, Mojeanne Behzadi, Eunice Bélidor, Hera Chan, Joséphine Denis, Tammer El-Sheik, Dominique Fontaine, Diane Gistal, Phoebe Greenberg, Joseph Henry, Emily Jan, Adrienne R. Johnson, Marissa Largo, Yaniya Lee, Joseph O. Legaspi, Sarah Nesbitt, James Oscar, Ara Osterweil, Janice Lobo Sapiago, Jonathan Shaughnessy, Cheryl Sim, Robin Simpson, Rachel Spence, Tracy Valcourt, Kaelen Wilson-Goldie, and Paul Zits.

Larry Achiampong, Hurvin Anderson, Kamrooz Aram, Firelei Báez, Frank Bowling, Cy Gavin, Barkley L. Hendricks, Lubaina Himid, Moridja Kitenge Banza, Bharti Kher, Rick Leong, Manuel Mathieu, Julie Mehretu, Jordan Nassar, Yoko Ono, Maia Cruz Palileo, Rajni Perera, Ed Pien, Jessica Sabogal, Marigold Santos, Curtis Talwst Santiago, Yinka Shonibare CBE, Shanna Strauss, Mickalene Thomas, Hajra Waheed, and Jinny Yu.

English, French
224 pages
40 colour illustrations
22.9 × 30.5 cm, hard cover
ISBN: 978-3-7774-3599-2


Emily Jan
Emily Jan (b. 1977, Los Angeles, USA) is a Montreal-based artist and writer. Recent exhibitions include Wild at the Textile Museum of Canada, Toronto (2019), Castaways at the Bateman Foundation Gallery of Nature, Victoria (2020), and Grow Op: After the Flood at the Gladstone Hotel, Toronto (2018). Solo exhibitions include The World is Bound by Secret Knots, Before the Fall, and After the Hunt at various artist-run centres all across Canada (2014—2020). After the Hunt was also featured in Polaris Award-winning musician Jeremy Dutcher’s music video Mehcinut (2019). Upcoming projects include Re-Crafted, the 2020 Canadian Contemporary Craft Exhibition, a part of the inaugural Bonavista Craft Biennale, and residency exhibitions at Eastern Edge, NL (2021) and Vaste et Vague, QC (2022). Past residencies include Union House Arts, NL (2019), Artscape Gibraltar Point (2018), the Elsewhere Museum (2017), and Denali National Park (2016). Jan was awarded the Excellence in Fibers Award 2017, and she won the People’s Choice Award at the Fiberarts International Triennale 2016. She has written and illustrated two books: Still Life (2014) and A Denali Book of Hours (2017), and her third, The Glory of the Seas: A Shell Collector’s Journey (collaboration with Stephen H. Kawai) is forthcoming.

Jon Knowles
Jon Knowles is the Exhibitions Manager at the PHI Foundation and is an artist. Knowles was co-editor of LIBRE DHC/ART, published in 2018.


Léon Lo
Léon Lo was born in Brussels to parents of Taiwanese descent and grew up in a suburb of Montreal. He studied graphic design at UQAM alongside Anouk Pennel and Raphaël Daudelin, who would go on to establish Studio Feed. At Feed for the past ten years, Léon has worked on several branding, publishing and exhibition design projects, garnering several awards along the way. In the past, Léon has co-run a CD-R label, composed music for short films and animations, and performed experimental, improvised, free, electronic, folk and dance music at festivals in Canada, the U.S. and Japan. He currently resides on the island of Montreal, where he works, plays, and raises his son Eliott.


Cheryl Sim
Cheryl Sim is Managing Director and Curator at the PHI Foundation for Contemporary Art. Recent exhibitions include RELATIONS: Diaspora and Painting, Phil Collins and GROWING FREEDOM by Yoko Ono. Sim is also a media artist whose practice incorporates her background in media studies and research on post-colonial strategies in contemporary art practice. Her video and installation work has been presented in exhibitions and festivals in North America and Europe. In 2015 she completed a PhD in the études et pratiques des arts program at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQÀM). Her book Wearing the Cheongsam: Dress and Culture in a Chinese Diaspora launched in September of 2019 on Bloomsbury Academic.

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