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Born in Montral to Chinese immigrant parents, Karen Tam explores the way her mother culture is perceived in North America, where innumerable Chinese restaurants supposedly open a door to Asian culture. In actual fact, they have little in common with the real thing. By replicating the Americanized versions, Tams installations aim to reveal these establishments as fabrications designed to please a clientele steeped in Hollywoods vision of the Orient. Her work is infused with a political dimension and a quest for cultural identity; it also addresses notions of otherness and human connection. As an artist in residence at ORANGE, she is producing a replica of a Westernized Chinese restaurant in the heart of downtown Saint-Hyacinthe.



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