The Yellow Pages
August 9–September 4, 2021
This exhibition will be on view in the storefront windows of The New Gallery’s Main Space.
The Yellow Pages looks at the relationship between image and text in a playful and satirical manner. Divided into 26 chapters and arranged from A to Z, the work roams through the past and present of the pan-Asian experience within North America and beyond. The series covers many topics from whitening beauty products, internment camps, and transgender performers, to the democratic movement in Hong Kong. Simple yet complex, The Yellow Pages seeks to compel viewers in multiple ways, never allowing for one single reading.
Ho Tam was born in Hong Kong, educated in Canada and the U.S. and worked in advertising and community psychiatric care before turning to art. He practices in multiple disciplines including photography, video, painting, and print media. Tam has made over 20 experimental videos and films. His work has been exhibited internationally, including the traveling exhibition Magnetic North: Canadian Experimental Video organized by Walker Art Center (Minneapolis, US). His feature documentary film Books of James was awarded Outstanding Artistic Achievement by Outfest, and Best Feature Documentary by the 2008 Tel Aviv International LGBT Film Festival. From 2004 to 2010, he also taught full time at the University of Victoria, BC. Since the 2010s, Tam has been focusing on independent publishing of artist books and zines, and currently he manages a bookshop/gallery in Vancouver, BC.
TNG gratefully acknowledges its home on the traditional territories of the people of the Treaty 7 region, including the Blackfoot Confederacy (Kainai, Piikani and Siksika), Métis Nation of Alberta Region III, Stoney Nakoda First Nation (Chiniki, Bearspaw, and Wesley), and Tsuu T’ina First Nation. TNG would also like to acknowledge the many other First Nations, Métis and Inuit who have crossed this land for generations.