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Film Screening: In the Shadow of Gold Mountain

June 17 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

This free, in-person public event will screen filmmaker Karen Cho’s 2004 documentary “In the Shadow of Gold Mountain.” This NFB production uncovers the legacies of the Chinese Head Tax and Exclusion Act. A workshop featuring author Arlene Chan, and designer and urbanist Howard Tam will follow to engage with the Markham community. Free admission. Registration is required. This event is mounted in conjunction with the exhibition Longing Belonging, 100 Years 100 Stories mounted at the Varley Art Gallery of Markham.Longing Belonging, 100 Years 100 Stories runs May 13 to September 4, 2023Featuring the work of Long Time No SeeOrganized by Anik Glaude and Brenda Joy LemPresented in partnership with Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival Longing Belonging, 100 Years 100 Stories, a community engagement project and exhibition organized by the collective Long Time No See (LTNS), tackles Canada’s troubled colonialist history by marking the 100th anniversary of the Chinese Exclusion Act. LTNS members engaged with local Markham communities, interviewing and photographing people in spaces that elicited sentiments of belonging, and gathering images and stories to be presented in the gallery. It is important to note that 2023 is also the centenary of the signing of The Williams Treaties—bureaucratic legislation signed by the Government of Canada and seven First Nations resulting in the surrender of the final portion of southern Ontario territory to the Canadian Government, including the land that the Varley Art Gallery sits on today.With this project, LTNS asks us all to reflect on the questions: What is our place on this land? What is remembered? What is forgotten? What is our role in reconciliation? How do we all belong?Supported by the Varley-McKay Art Foundation of Markham, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, and the City of Markham.

Long Time No See, composite from the installation, Finding Beauty Among Ashes of Ancestors’ Pain and Sorrow. Courtesy of the artists


Varley Art Gallery
216 Main Street Unionville
Markham, Ontario L3R 2H1 Canada
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