© Theodore Wan

Bridine Scrub (for General Surgery), 1978
laminated silver gelatin print on photo paper
Collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery Acquisition Fund
Photo courtesy of the Vancouver Art Gallery

Theodore Wan

Vancouver has long been a recognized centre of photo-conceptual work. Curated by Dr. Christine Conley and produced and circulated by Dalhousie Art Gallery, Theodore Wan is a nationally touring exhibition of the work and research of the late Vancouver artist Theodore Wan. Wan played an important role in the photo-based work of this region, and this retrospective exhibition brings together never-before-seen photographs, videos and research from the archives and collections of the Vancouver Art Gallery, and a compilation of interviews with the artist's contemporaries.

Theodore Wan was born in Hong Kong and moved to Vancouver at the age of thirteen. He studied at UBC and later at Nova Scotia College of Art and Design.

His early work took the form of performances in which he would submit his body to formidable tasks that tested his endurance. After his studies at Halifax, he incorporated much of the current thinking on conceptual art and photobased documentation into his performance work.

His best known body of work is a remarkable series of medical photographs, produced in the late 1970s, which played on the ambiguous nature of the photograph as document, art object and illustration. In these works, which bridge scientific illustration, performance and selfportraiture, the artist hypothetically submits his body to various medical procedures, instruments and technologies.

This nationally travelling exhibition has been organized by the Dalhousie Art Gallery with works borrowed from the Vancouver Art Gallery and generous funding from the Department of Canadian Heritage and the Canada Council for the Arts.

Exhibition: May 28 - September 5, 2005
Gallery hours: Mon-Sun & Holidays 10 am - 5:30 pm

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