The Art of Being of Service to Art


Main Hall, Daniels Building
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Join us for the final event in our Fall Public Program: The Art of Being of Service to Art, with guest speaker Cheryl Sim (pictured below). During this talk, Sim will share her work as an artist and curator who has been guided by a spirit of service for over 25 years. Her journey has led her to encourage and nurture space for a multiplicity of voices and perspectives both in her curatorial and art practices. She will share key experiences that led her to define an everyday practice focused on contribution and care.

Cheryl Sim is the Managing Director and Curator at PHI Foundation for Contemporary Art as well as a media artist and scholar. She began her professional life at Studio D of the National Film Board of Canada, which led her to video art and an involvement with artist-run culture. As an artist, her work in video and installation, presented in North America and Europe, has persistently dealt with questions of identity formation, women’s labour and relations of power. Her work as Managing Director and Curator at PHI Foundation for contemporary art has been greatly informed by the artist-run ethos and learning from the margins. Exhibitions include GROWING FREEDOM: Yoko Ono, RELATIONS: Diaspora and Painting, and STAN DOUGLAS: Revealing Narratives. Sim has a PhD in the études et pratiques des arts program at UQÀM, which allowed her to explore clothing and its importance to diaspora identity. Her book Wearing the Cheongsam: Dress and Culture in a Chinese Diaspora was published by Bloomsbury Academic in 2019.