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Janet Wang: To Exit is to Enter
April 04 – October, 2023

Created for the Evergreen Cultural Centre public-facing windows, To Exit is to Enter (2023) is a large-scale drawing series and augmented reality animation by Vancouver-based multidisciplinary artist Janet Wang. In this series, Wang uses the metaphor of the portal, vibrant colours of red and yellow and self-portraiture to explore how identity is constructed from her perspective as a second-generation Chinese-Canadian settler, artist and mother. Like many people living in this country, the notion of belonging is complicated by histories of exclusion. One hundred years after the Chinese Exclusion Acta federal policy banning the migration of Chinese people to Canada, from 1923 until its repeal in 1947the memory of harsh economic conditions, restricted migration and government-enforced segregation continues to echo in the present. Wang carries this history into her artwork as she looks at social patterns of migration, settlement and the complexities of identity.  

This artwork includes an augmented reality animation. Use your smart device to scan a QR code to activate the animation, bringing the artwork to life in the digital realm. 

Images: Installation view of Janet Wang: To Exit is to Enter, exhibition at the Art Gallery at Evergreen, Evergreen Cultural Centre, 2023. Photo: Rachel Topham Photography.

About the Artist

Janet Wang is a visual artist and educator working across painting, drawing, digital media and sculptural installation. She is based in Vancouver, the unceded territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. Wang received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, and her Master of Arts from the University of Leeds, England. Her work has been exhibited and collected internationally, with residencies including Artists for Kids with the North Vancouver School District and the Wassaic Project in New York State. She has received awards and grants from the Vancouver Foundation, BC Arts Council and Canada Council for the Arts. 
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