Join Adrien Sun Hall, our featured artist for the May 2021 Shift Key programme, and Sook-Yin Lee, an award-winning Canadian multimedia artist, filmmaker, musician, actor and broadcaster (CBC, BBC, MuchMusic) for an intimate conversation.
Exploring aspects of Adrien’s emerging artistic practice, work in performance and new media, Lee and Hall delve into a discussion of his work and role as an artist, orienting their discussion through a queer, trans and Asian-diasporic lens.
Future Contemporaries is a talks series focusing on new artistic practices and emerging and mid-career artists.
Adrien Sun Hall (born 1990; lives in Toronto) works through sculpture, performance, and time-based media to explore concepts of transience and subjecthood across spaces of gender, landscape, and language. Hall holds a BLA in Landscape Architecture from the University of Guelph and an MFA in Visual Art from the University of Pennsylvania. Hall has exhibited and performed at Vox Populi, Fjord Gallery, and Icebox Project Space in Philadelphia, and David Nolan Gallery in New York. Hall was a resident artist at the Vermont Studio Center and co-curator of A/PUBLIC: an exhibition and gathering for queer Asian publics at the Kelly Writers House.
Sook-Yin Lee is an award-winning Canadian multimedia artist, filmmaker, musician, actor, and broadcaster (CBC, BBC, MuchMusic). She starred in John Cameron Mitchell’s groundbreaking LGBTQ movie Shortbus which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. Year of the Carnivore, Lee’s feature film debut as writer-director starring Cristin Milioti, premiered at TIFF. Her work has been presented by Ottawa Art Gallery, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto Dance Theatre, and Festival of New Dance. In 2019 she wrote and starred in Unsafe at Canadian Stage that looked at questions of censorship and artistic freedom. Sook-Yin won the 2014 Canadian Screen Award for Best Performance by a Lead Dramatic Actress for her role as “Olivia Chow” in Jack. She is a film composer whose bands include JOOJ co-led with Adam Litovitz and Lee & Gamble Unlimited. Her movie, Octavio is Dead! a supernatural ghost story starring Sarah Gadon and Rosanna Arquette won Best Director and Best Picture awards at the Downtown Los Angeles Film Festival 2018. Her feature lockdown movie Death and Sickness made with Dylan Gamble streams on CBC Gem in Canada.