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DTD?: Down to Dumpling?

12 Oct 2022

This is our second event in our Meet Me at the Dinner Table series - an evening of communal dumpling wrapping with Montreal-based artist, Snack Witch aka Joni Cheung. There will be a limited capacity of 10 participants so please follow the link here to register. Please note that this is a BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour) closed space.

WHEN: October 12, 7-9 PM

WHERE: 2482 Maynard Street


DTD?: Down to Dumpling? is a call and response project sustained through exchanging hand folded, edible goodies. 

It started as a desire to enact their family’s Sunday morning (sometimes afternoon because she’s always been a night owl) ritual of going to 飲茶 yum cha and ordering mountains of 點心 dim sum, during a time when she was separated from family and friends #globalpandemic. Inspired by a memory of her folding 燒賣 siu mai and  雲吞 wonton with their dad, this lonely activity became a way for them to reach out to and care for loved ones and strangers from afar. 

Isolation provided room to percolate on thoughts around home(making), diasporic experiences, and familial relations in material+intangible realms. Craving a place to let questions float, Cheung invites you to a communal evening of wrapping dumplings, where each participant will be given bite-sized treasures to take home as a parting gift. Within each baggie will be a scrap piece of paper—a prompt to contribute to an ongoing archive in any way that feels right to you.

Through this collective time, the artist hopes to continue nurturing acts of sharing space, stories, energy, and food—together. 

SNACK WITCH AKA JONI CHEUNG is a grateful, uninvited guest born—and knows she wants to die—on the unceded territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm, Skwxwú7mesh, Stó:lō, and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh peoples. They are currently working on the stolen lands of the Kanien’kehá:ka peoples, to become a Certified Sculpture Witch with a MFA in Sculpture and Ceramics at Concordia University. A wicked #magicalgirl ✨ eating art + making snacks⁠, their interdisciplinary, sculptural practice investigates the relationship between objects↔place↔identity; navigates discourses of transnationalism, migration, and diasporas; and uses food and humour to draw people in with the familiar, to confront the uncomfortable histories embedded in the everyday.