Karen Tam: Breathe Residency
13 November 2006 – 9 February 2007
Karen Tam works in the fields of installation and video that looks at narration, memory, identity, and migration. She has been interested in the history of the Chinese diasporas, and how it is closely connected to the emergence of Chinese restaurants and cuisine in the West. The research comes out of a family history in the business. The Sino-restaurant can be used as a metaphor for Cathay, or the idea of China in the minds of Westerners. Karen will create interior spaces of typical Chinese restaurants to evoke a mythical China, yet at the same time presenting the history of Chinese restaurants.