Henry Heng Lu

Lives and works in Kingston and Toronto, Canada

 

EDUCATION

2015 – 2017   Master of Visual Studies: Curatorial Studies, John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design, University of Toronto

2011 – 2015   Bachelor of Arts (Honours: Distinction) in Studio Art + Arts Management, University of Toronto Scarborough

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE 

2018 – present Artistic Director, Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre, Kingston, Ontario

2018 Project Coordinator, Nuit Blanche Toronto, City Cultural Events

2016 – present Translator/Writer, The New Gallery, Calgary, Alberta

2016 – present Co-Founder & Curator, Call Again, Toronto

2016   Teaching Assistant to Ed Pien, 3D Installation, University of Toronto

2016   Project Assistant to Jol Thomson, Laboratori Nazionali del Gran Sasso, L'aquila, Italy  

2016   Teaching Assistant to Ed Pien, Advanced Drawing: Experimental Practices, University of Toronto

2016   Curatorial Committee member, Canadian Lesbian + Gay Archives [CLGA], Toronto

2016   Teaching Assistant to Sue Lloyd, Integrated Photo-Based Explorations, University of Toronto

2015   Teaching Assistant to Ed Pien, Works on Paper, University of Toronto

2015   Teaching Assistant to Morris Lum, Photo-Based: Digital, University of Toronto

2015   TA Grading Assistant to Elizabeth Harney, Ways of Seeing: Introduction to Art Histories, University of Toronto Scarborough   

2014 – 2015   Curatorial/Events Assistant, University of Toronto Art Centre / Justina M. Barnicke Gallery

2013 – 2015   Programming Assistant, Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, Cultural Events, City of Toronto

2014   Project Coordinator, Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, Cultural Events, City of Toronto

2014   Programming Intern, Doors Open, Special Events, City of Toronto

2014   Journalist, Department of Arts & Culture, Ta Kung Pao Newspaper, Hong Kong

2013 – 2014   Development Assistant, Ontario Association of Art Galleries, Toronto

2013 – 2014   Exhibitions Assistant, Doris McCarthy Gallery, Toronto

2013   Teaching Assistant to Will Kwan, Urban Studio: Hong Kong, University of Hong Kong

2013   Special Liaison, OCT Contemporary Art Terminal (OCAT), Shenzhen, China

 

CURATORIAL / DIRECTORIAL PROJECTS

2019   Eiko Otake: A Body in Fukushima: Reflections on the Nuclear in Everyday Life (co-curating), Asian Institute - Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto

2018   Curatorial Residency + Exhibition*, through Call Again, Vtape, Toronto

* Exhibition: OMG, It’s a Party!

2018   “Karin Lee: Comrade Dad”, a film screening co-presented with Bunker 2 Contemporary Art Container, Toronto

2018   “Symphonies of discomfort”, a video screening + roundtable, 401 Commons, Toronto

2017   “(Re-)Positioning Chinatown with Chinese Canadian Art”, Creative Time Summit 2017, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto

2017   Re:Visiting Desires, A video screening of works by 6 Chinese Canadian artists from different generations, Hart House, Toronto

2017   Far and Near: the Distance(s) between Us, Art Museum/ Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, Toronto

2017   In Sundry Languages (co-producing with Art Babayants and Yury Ruzhyev), Toronto Laboratory Theatre, Toronto Fringe Festival 

2017   underneath the tree where I buried all my childhood pets, Gallery 50, Featured Exhibition of CONTACT Photography Festival, Toronto 

2016   HER(s): A screening of works by 7 Asian Canadian women filmmakers, Call Again, 187 Augusta Avenue, Toronto

2015   Dual Desire, EEL Gallery, South Borden Building, University of Toronto

2014   Dreams + Red Deer (Written by Nina Kaye), Living Room Theatre, Videofag, Toronto

2014   Hybridity: A Harmonized Binary, Scarborough Civic Centre, City of Toronto

2012   China Design Exhibition 2012 (co-curating), Guan Shanyue Art Museum, China

HONOURS / AWARDS

2018 Exhibition of the Year (Budget under 20,000 - Thematic), Ontario Association of Art Galleries Awards, Canada 

2017 Reesa Greenberg Curatorial Research Fund

2015   ASO Studio 1st Runner Up Prize, ARTSIDEOUT, Toronto 

2015   Graduation with Distinction, University of Toronto

2015   Bev Best Award for Photographic Essay, 93rd Annual Hart House Exhibition of Photography 

2015   Honourable Mention of William J. Dowkes Award for Nature and Places, Hart House 

2015   Nomination, Student Engagement in the Arts, University of Toronto 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS / PROJECTS

2018   …Very quietly I take my leave, as quietly as I came here, The New Gallery, Calgary

2017   BEEN HERE SO LONG Commission, Reel Asian International Film Festival, Toronto

2015   From The Ground Up, Gallery 1265, Toronto

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS / SCREENINGS

2019 CAFKA@The Walper 2019, in collaboration with Winnie Wu, CAFKA - Contemporary Art Forum Kitchener and Area (upcoming)

2018 Special Program: Video Fever presented by Trinity Square Video, BUMP TV (online screening)

2018 The Three Chapters of Solitude, Nuit Blanche Toronto 2018, City of Toronto

2018   The Stories That Tell Stories, Themed Commission Project, Trinity Square Video, Toronto

2018   Photophobia: Contemporary Moving Image Festival, Art Gallery of Hamilton + Hamilton Artists Inc., Ontario (screening)

2018   Travelogue, Gallery 50, Toronto

2017   BEEN HERE SO LONG gallery presentation, Vtape + Reel Asian International Film Festival. 401 Richmond Commons, Toronto

2016   Video Fever 2016, Trinity Video Square, Toronto 

2016   Hamilton Biennale, hundred dollar gallery, Hamilton

2015   ARTSIDEOUT Winners, Gallery 1265, Toronto

2015   ARTSIDEOUT 2015, University of Toronto Scarborough

2015   We're Home, Cedar Ridge Gallery / Doris McCarthy Gallery, Toronto

2015   IDENTITY, Arbor Room, Hart House, Toronto

2015   Show Your Teeth, Artscape Youngplace, Toronto

2015   93rd Annual Exhibition of Photography, Hart House, Toronto

2015   Nothing much, you?, EEL Gallery, University of Toronto

2015   The Shelley Peterson Student Art Exhibition, University of Toronto Art Centre

2015   Surfacing, Gallery 1265, Toronto

2015   A Tale of Two Cities, Arta Gallery, Toronto

2014   CONNECTIONS, Arbor Room, Hart House, Toronto

2014   2D OR NOT 2D, Doris McCarthy Gallery, Toronto

2014   CULT CLASSICS, #Hashtag Gallery, Toronto

2014   ARTSIDEOUT 2014 art festival, Toronto

2014   PROGRESSION, Scarborough Civic Centre, Toronto

2014   Heated Tensions, Cedar Ridge Gallery / Doris McCarthy Gallery, Toronto

2014   Studio Undergraduate Juried Exhibition, University of Toronto Scarborough

2014   The Shelley Peterson Student Art Exhibition, University of Toronto Art Centre

2013   Hong Kong: 24 Movements, Artscape Triangle Gallery, Toronto

2013   Valentine’s Day Postcards, Gallery 1265, Toronto

2012   ARTSIDEOUT 2012 art festival, Toronto

 

SPECIAL PROJECTS / EVENTS  

2019 Co-Editor & Co-Publisher, Syphon issue 5.1, Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre (upcoming)

2019 Co-Author, Publication for “Ai Weiwei: Unbroken”, Gardiner Museum, Toronto (upcoming)

2019 Moderator, 20/20 Visionaries: Jason Karman, Reelout Festival, Kingston

2018 Organizer, “Coming together, making space” with Amy Wong, Shared Conversations: A Dinner with ARCs Across Canada, Modern Fuel x AKA Artist-Run

2018 Moderator, Mapping Territories: Practicing With(/in) Communities (featuring artists: Maanii Oakes, sab meynert, Steven Beckly), Toronto Art Book Fair + Paperhouse Studio

2018   The Stories That Tell Stories, Themed Commission Project, Trinity Square Video

2018   Translator, Ho Tam’s artist’s book project “The Greatest Stories Ever Told”

2018   Documenter, Breaking and Becoming: a celebration of qtbipoc performance, Glad Day Bookshop + Marvellous Grounds: Queer of colour spaces in Toronto

2017   Organizer + Moderator, Ho Tam: Publishing as Artistic Practice, East Asian Library at the University of Toronto

2017   Performer, Will Kwan’s The Forest, Art Gallery of Ontario + Nuit Blanche Toronto

2016   Project Facilitator, Chun Hua Catherine Dong’s The Other Words, Katzman Contemporary, Toronto

2016   Documenter, Alvis Parsley Choi’s The Cartography of Heart Strings, First Thursdays, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto

2015   Site-specific installation for Hart House, Hart House, Toronto

2015   Documenter, Lee Walton's Charcoal Chess Tournament, Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, Toronto 

2015   Unleash The Fantasy, TEDxUTSC, Toronto (commission) 

 

PERFORMANCES

2015   。, Gallery 1265, University of Toronto Scarborough

2013   Drink with me and bottoms up!, Gallery 1265, University of Toronto Scarborough

2013   JukeboxYou Can’t Kill ThatVIBE, University of Toronto Scarborough

2013   Sexpectations: A Collective Procreation, Hart House Players, Hart House, Toronto

PUBLICATIONS

2019 “消逝中的唐人街:摄影师林耀基用镜头留住建筑”, ArchDaily China

2019 “艺术家谭嘉文以装置艺术表现 “中华元素”的空间性”, ArchDaily China

2019 “Whose Community Is It?”, Canadian Art Magazine

2019 “Review: Ed Pien”, ArtAsiaPacific Magazine

2018 “Recap of Ken Lum’s International Dumpling Festival”, ArtAsiaPacific Magazine Blog

2018 “Inside Ho Tam’s Uncategorized Cabinet of Curiosities”, Fall 2018 issue, Yishu: Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art

2018   “Review: Karin Lee”, Canadian Art Magazine  

2018   “Multiple Views: A Conversation with Ho Tam”, Canadian Art Magazine

2018   Exhibition essay for Ho Tam’s travelling exhibition, “Cover to Cover”, Richmond Art Gallery, British Columbia

2017   “Quiet and Unsettling”, Exhibition Essay: Response to Alvin Luong’s “Soft and Precious”, PLATFORM centre for photographic + digital arts, Winnipeg, Manitoba

2016   Featured Artwork, Renewal: Special Issue, THE MIKE, Toronto

2013   Artist Interview, ZE5T Magazine, Toronto

TALKS / PRESENTATIONS

2018   “From Gold Mountain to Model Minority, how far have we come?”, Universities Art Association of Canada Annual Conference, University of Waterloo, Ontario

2018 “Art/work Panel: Practicing Artists and Labour in the Arts”, Queen’s University Fine Art (Visual Art) Program Seminar Series, Kingston

2018 Talk: in conversation with Jennifer Chan for “Feeling Queerly About Feminist Art”, Vtape + Department of Humanities, York University, Toronto

2018   “From Gold Mountain to Model Minority, how far have we come?”, Asian Heritage Month 2018, Toronto Public Library, Deer Park Branch

2018   “Yellow Peril: Reconsidered and its manifestations in Toronto”, Jackman Humanities Institute Working Group: Toronto’s Urban Imaginaries, Toronto

2017   “Ask me about…”, Student Night: No. 5, The Power Plant, Toronto

2017   “Chinese Diaspora in Canada: Chinese Canadian Art as an Apparatus of Revisiting History”, Toronto Public Library Talk Series, Toronto Reference Library

2017   “Far and Near: the Distance(s) between Us”, Bridging Strangers Within: Reflections on Indigeneity, Diversity and Multiculturalism, Fourth Annual RESPECT Conference, Toronto

2016   Gendai’s “Model Minority” As Discussed By Angry Asian Feminist Gang, Art Metropole, Toronto

2014   Shelley Peterson Student Art Exhibition Panel Talk, University of Toronto Art Centre

  

STUDIES ABROAD

2014   Course: Studies in Modern & Contemporary Art and Architecture: Italy in International Modernism – 1909 to the Present, University of Siena (Università degli Studi di Siena), Italy

2013   Course: Urban Studio: Hong Kong, Faculty of Arts, University of Hong Kong

2012   Course: Chinese Cinemas, Faculty of Arts, University of Hong Kong

 

REVIEWS

2018   Huard, Adrienne, Review: Toronto Art Book Fair, Canadian Art Magazine

2018   Wong, Annie, “Searching for the Past” in Henry Heng Lu’s, Far and Near: the Distance(s) between Us, an exhibition of Contemporary Chinese Art in Canada, OCAD University, Toronto  

2017   Termine, Simon, Far and Near: The Distance(s) Between Us, ARTORONTO.CA

2017   He, Shuyue, Review: “In Sundry Languages,” and multilingualism, Ricepaper Magazine, Vancouver

2014   Inside Art Side Out, The Varsity, Toronto

 

PRESS

2018 “Laurier Toronto to host two Nuit Blanche art exhibits about belonging in the city”, Laurier Toronto/Wilfrid Laurier University

2018 “Navigating Nuit Blanche 2018”, Toronto Financial District   

2017 “Happy Mid-Autumn Festival! 中秋快樂!”, Toronto Reference Library Blog

2017   “September Event Spotlight”, LooseLeaf Magazine