Michael Snow
Clothed Woman (In Memory of my Father) 1963
oil and lucite on canvas
152 x 386.2 cm
Purchased 1966
National Gallery of Canada

Ken Lum Works with Photography

Ottawa, Canada - September 21, 2002


 Ken Lum. Le travail de l'image 
This fall, the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography (CMCP) presents a 20-year retrospective of Ken Lum's photographic œuvre. Lum, one of Canada's leading international artists, lives and works in Vancouver.

Ken Lum Works with Photography includes works from private and public collections across the country and abroad. In addition, the exhibition includes a huge billboard sized banner, "There is no place like home", that will be installed on the exterior wall of CMCP. This banner provocatively engages the public in a debate about notions of home and questions of belonging.

Since he began his artistic career, in the late 70s, Lum has used a variety of techniques such as video, sculpture installations, painting and photography. Throughout his career, he has consistently worked with photographic portraits bound to texts, and his investigations into this territory embody his most significant achievements.

Lum questions the relationship between high art and popular culture. Sometimes humorous, often provocative, his portraits are accompanied by words that seem to express their personal, intimate sentiments, yet are displayed in commercial, logo-style text.

The artist is primarily concerned with issues of identity. If Canada's New-World population of immigrants provides much of the content of his work, it is because he is interested in the interfaces where languages and cultures collide. This exhibition, which gives us the world according to Ken Lum, is a must-see.

The CMCP wishes to thank its media sponsors, Voir Outaouais and Ottawa Xpress for their valuable support.

An illustrated catalogue, produced by the National Gallery of Canada (NGC), accompanies the exhibition. It includes a foreword by Pierre Théberge, Director of the NGC, a foreword and acknowledgments by Martha Hanna, Director of the CMCP, as well as essays by Kitty Scott, Curator of Contemporary Art at the NGC, and Jeff Derkson, a poet, in addition to a list of works, and biographical and bibliographical information. It's on sale at Gallery and CMCP bookstores.

Meet the artist
Don't miss this unique opportunity to tour the exhibition with Ken Lum. In French on Sunday, October 20 at noon, and in English at 2 p.m.

Meet the Curators
Tour the exhibition with Kitty Scott, NGC Curator, Contemporary Art, on Sunday, November 3, at 2 p.m. (in English) and Josée Drouin-Brisebois, NGC Assistant Curator, Contemporary Art, on Sunday, November 24, at 2 p.m. (in French).
Bilingual question period.
Free admission.

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