The Breadth of Distance

Chun Hua Catherine Dong, Mother, Digital Print
Image courtesy of the artist


The Breadth of Distance

we carry continents,
cross oceans,
traverse vast distances while still.

the scent of comfort,
is also longing.
what goes unsaid,
a kind of knowing.

how do elsewheres live in the body?

in dreams?
half-remembered tongues.
in what cannot be named.

Bringing together photography, video, installation, and sculpture, these artworks shift across geographies, cultural perspectives, and time. Considering grief, longing, care and resilience, they articulate how relationships to place, representation, and belief shape who we are and how we move in the present.

This exhibition asks us to reckon with how we came to be here on this land. Whether we are Indigenous, multi-generational settlers, or recent immigrants, our current moment demands we think through how we might build mutual understanding and empathy while recognizing our many differences.


Artist Bios

Amber Williams-King

Amber Williams-King is a multi-disciplinary Antiguan artist living and practicing in Toronto, Canada. Working in a variety of mediums including photography, collage, printmaking and animation, she sees mixed media as a way of acknowledging the multiplicity and fluidity of being. This self-taught practice seeks to challenge notions of a monolithic Black experience; exploring sexuality, gender, race, representation and the intersections of identity. She uses found texts and images to interrogate socio-political landscapes in an effort to excavate new possibilities and future imaginings. Much of this work starts from a deeply intimate place drawing from Amber's experiences as a Black queer femme living with chronic illness in a world that says she should not exist; she exists through her artistic envisioning. Amber has exhibited in spaces across Toronto including the Art Gallery of Ontario and has upcoming exhibitions in Montreal and Brazil.

Chun Hua Catherine Dong

Chun Hua Catherine Dong is a Chinese-born Montreal based artist working with performance, photography, and video. She received a BFA from Emily Carr University Art & Design and MFA from Concordia University. She has performed and exhibited her works in multiple international festivals and venues, such as Quebec City Biennial, Kaunas Biennial, The Musée d’Art Contemporain du Val-de-Marne in Paris, DongGang Museum of Photography in South Korea, Bury Art Museum in Manchester, Grace Exhibition Space in Brooklyn, Rapid Pulse International Performance Art Festival in Chicago, 7a*11d International Festival of Performance Art in Toronto, and so on. She was the recipient of the Franklin Furnace Award for contemporary avant-garde art in New York in 2014, and listed the “10 Artists Who Are Reinventing History” by Canadian Art in 2017, and ‘‘Top Nine Political Art Projects of 2010’’ by Art and Threat magazine.

Petrina Ng

Petrina Ng is a visual artist and cultural worker based in Toronto. Her multi-form feminist practice connects intimacy, grief, and absurdity. Recent exhibition sites include FOFA Gallery (Montréal), Blackwood Gallery (Mississauga), and Zalucky Contemporary (Toronto). Ng also publishes books about art in collaboration with designer Rachel Wallace as the imprint, Durable Good. She holds an MFA from the Slade School of Fine Art and is currently Assistant Curator at the Small Arms Inspection Building/Museums of Mississauga.

Soko Fong Negash

soko fong negash is a toronto-born kid of chinese-eritrean descent. she's a cancerian (read: cries a lot), likes making things with her hands, and currently plays between the worlds of documentary film, photography, audio compositions, and material arts. Soko completed her bachelor's degree at Ryerson University (2013), where she studied rta school of media. Her work concerns themes of ancestral knowledge, care, and the mundane, and is an attempt at translation–across generations, between cultures, and from person-to-person. she recently completed an artist residency at the Robert Nclaughlin Gallery in oshawa and is currently finishing a residency at the nia centre.


Gallery Hours

Monday - Friday 10AM - 4PM

L Space Gallery will be open 10am-2pm on Saturday, April 13th as part of the Humber College Open House.

L Space Gallery will be closed  Monday, February 18th - Friday, February 22nd for Humber's Reading Week.

Opening Reception Wednesday, February 13th, 5-8pm.


Exhibition LibGuide

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Exhibition Images