WAAC member & artist Yafang Shi and her collaborator Susan Wu displayed their socially engaged installation artwork “Screaming Red Lanterns” to respond to the censorship and erasure of Yafang’s feminist works by public institutions in front of the Ontario Provincial Legislative Building on International Women’s Day. They displayed an Asian Heritage Month edition of the artwork at the same site on May 3. In this edition, Yafang’s documentary photographs of a rally protesting against anti-Asian racism in Toronto during the COVID-19 pandemic were installed on two big red lanterns among a total of six red lanterns.

 

The “Screaming Red Lanterns” art project is embraced by the community and various organizations. Yafang and Susan have been invited by the Kensington-Chinatown Local Immigration Partnership Network to display “Screaming Red Lanterns” at its Asian Heritage Month event, “Art, Life, and Love @Chinatown” themed “Celebration of Resistance”, at the Cecil Community Centre on May 17. For this display, Yafang and Susan have added a participatory component to the installation. They are inviting event participants to write their thoughts on resistance on sticky notes that will be installed on two red lanterns. Yafang will also deliver a presentation at the event.

 

A part of this installation artwork, two big red lanterns installed with the documentary photos of a rally protesting against anti-Asian racism, will be exhibited at the WAAC’s upcoming member group exhibition “Dynamic Range” in Dignam Gallery from May 23 to June 18.