Inside/Out: the art show my dad never had

February 3 – March 16, 2024
Exhibition, Conversation, Reading, Workshop

About the Program

Composed of archival family images, copper etchings in handmade frames, and literary work brought together by familial ties and an impulse to document and collect, this exhibition marks the first art presentation for both Sue Dong Eng and Mercedes Eng. Guest curated by Keimi Nakashima-Ochoa and Mercedes Eng, Inside/Out: the art show my dad never had by Sue Dong Eng and Mercedes Eng takes a close and specific look at the life and work of the late Sue Dong, showing images of his family and upbringing focused around Vancouver’s Chinatown, while connecting to broader themes of cultural visibility, institutional violence, and community building that are still in flux in this city today. Sue Dong’s copper works were created in the carceral facilities he spent most of his adult life going in and out of. Mercedes has gathered and built this collection of archival images and her work—which is inextricably linked to Sue Dong’s as his daughter—intentionally responds to the prison industrial complex she and her family frequently brushed up against, while pushing back at the idea that the colonial nation-state of Canada is a multicultural utopia. The opening reception featured a reading by Mercedes Eng, in conversation with Cecily Nicholson and Whess Harman. A dumpling-making workshop kicking off Lunar New Year and celebrating culture and community was led by Jane Shi on March 1, 2024.

Workshop Leader

Jane Shi


Accessibility Support: Keimi Nakashima-Ochoa
Accounting: Linda Gorrie
Administration: Meagan Kus
Archives: Dan Pon and Jessica Fletcher
Communications: Katrina Orlowski
Gallery Assistant: Hedy Wood
Grantwriting Support: Mary Ann Anderson
Installation/Preparator: Kay Slater
Photography: Dennis Ha
Programming: Whess Harman
Tech: Sebnem Ozpeta


2024.0203 INS


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