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Snack Witch AKA Joni Cheung - From Scratch

from Sonic Memories by mediaartscommittee



Taking snippets from a phone conversation between the artist and their father, From Scratch (2021) is a reflection on Cheung's family connections to 茶餐廳|cha chaan tengs|tea restaurants—located within and outside of Chinatowns—across several different continents. Using sounds captured while the artist made 焗豬扒飯| baked pork chop rice (a staple dish found at many cha chaan tengs and one of Cheung's and her father's favourite dishes) at home for the first time, the artist wades through physical and intangible time and place to mull over and digest how spaces of nourishment such as these can function as living archives for diasporic


from Sonic Memories, released April 6, 2021
Snack Witch aka Joni Cheung is a grateful, uninvited guest on the unceded territories of the xwməθkwəy̓ əm, Skwxwú7mesh, Stó:lō, Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh, and Kanien’kehá:ka peoples. She is currently working towards her Masters of Fine Arts in Sculpture and Ceramics at Concordia University and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts with Distinction in Visual Art (2018) from the School for the Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University. She has exhibited and curated shows at Peripheral Hours, Montréal (2021); the CRES Media Arts Committee, Vancouver; the FOFA Gallery, Montréal, Centre A: the Vancouver International Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Vancouver; the Audain Gallery, Vancouver; and has been featured in CBC Arts; and the Canada Line Transit BC Public Art Program, among other spaces and platforms.
They have been a recipient of numerous awards, including the British Columbia Arts Council Scholarship and the Dale and Nick Tedeschi Studio Arts Fellowship. She was waitlisted for the SSHRC - Joseph-Armand Bombardier: Canada Graduate Master’s Scholarship (2020).


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