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b. 1985, Singapore
Based in Vancouver, BC, Canada

2010Master of Fine Arts, Visual Art, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC
2008Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours), Photography Studies, Ryerson University (now Toronto Metropolitan University), Toronto, ON

Solo Exhibitions / Performances
2020Both/and: Artist-parents in conversation + a performance, Future Forum, Emily Carr University, Vancouver, BC (online)
2019common wealth, Alternative Creations Studio, April 11-17, Vancouver, BC
2013Neither/nor, Both/and, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, July 3-31, Vancouver, BC
20116th Biennale Image and Imagery Conference: Silence and the Silenced, Brock University, Oct 29, St. Catharines, ON (performance)
2007Bystander, Ryerson University School of Image Arts Gallery, Nov 19-23, Toronto, ON

Group Exhibitions
2022Shifting Articulations of Asian-ness in Contemporary Canada, June 25 – August 7 (online); curated by Yang Lim
2022common wealth, Britannia Art Gallery, March 1 – April 1, Vancouver, BC (two-person); curated by Haruko Okano
2021Film and Motherhood: Experimental Shorts Program, VIVO Media Arts Centre, October 8-22, online; curated by Gabriela Aceves Sepulveda, Sarah Shamash, and prOphecy Sun
2021TELEPHONE, April 10, online
2019Negotiating “Asian-ness” in Canada, The Works Art and Design Festival, June 20 – July 2, Edmonton, AB; curated by Yang Lim
2019The Caress and The Sting, Britannia Art Gallery, May 1-31, Vancouver, BC (two-person); curated by Haruko Okano
2019Makers Artists United Pop-Up Exhibition, BC Artscape Sun Wah, January 11-13, Vancouver, BC
2018Spaces, Places and Traces, The Arts Factory, October 27-November 11, Vancouver, BC
2018THE-MOBILE-POST-CARD-SHOW, Filiale / Berlin-Pankow, May 25-27, Berlin, Germany
2017Lore of the Land: art and oral traditions, 5479 Seventh Line, November 4, Rockwood, ON
2017AND…, Two Rivers Gallery, January 19 – April 27, Prince George, BC
2016Body Talk, The Beaumont Studios, September 21 – October 5, Vancouver, BC; curated by Maxim Greer
2016BLOOM, Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre, May 17-28, Burnaby, BC
2013Generation One, UBC Asian Centre, May 20-27, Vancouver, BC
2013Boxed In!, The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery & The Craft Council of Newfoundland and Labrador, Jan 25-Apr 14, St. John’s, NL; curated by Denis Longchamps
2012MAMA: Motherhood Around the Globe, International Museum of Women (now Global Fund for Women), online
2011Your Voices: On Motherhood, International Museum of Women (now Global Fund for Women), online
2011Connecting the Dots, Five Sixty, Oct 1-2, Vancouver, BC
2010E-mixer, Surrey Art Gallery, Oct 28, Surrey, BC
2010Here today, gone today, Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Sep 3-19, Vancouver, BC
2010Sights/Sites of Spectacle, AHVA Gallery, Jan 29-Feb 27, Vancouver, BC
2009The Bookmark Project, Koffler Gallery/Jewish Book Fair, Oct 24-Nov 1, Toronto, ON
2008Recent Memories, Ben Navee Gallery, May 10-19, Toronto, ON
2008Maximum Exposure 13, Gladstone Hotel, April 17-20, Toronto, ON
2007City At Night: Tribute to Brian Kipping, Bau-Xi Gallery, Sep 29-Oct 6, Toronto, ON
2007Square Foot, AWOL Gallery, Aug 10-Sep 2, Toronto, ON
2007True and False, Niagara Gallery, May 15-26, Toronto, ON
2007Third Year Photography Show, Ryerson Gallery (now I.M.A. Gallery), Jan 21-Feb 17, Toronto, ON
2006Figure in Place, Ryerson University School of Image Arts, Oct 23-Nov 3, Toronto, ON
2006Friends and Strangers, On the Curve, Sep 1-30, Mississauga, ON (two-person)
2006Plastic, mooncruise* | gallery, Jul 14-Aug 30, Vancouver, BC
2006dis.connect, Toronto Image Works, Jul 5-Aug 30, Toronto, ON
2006Imagining Ourselves, International Museum of Women (now Global Fund for Women), online
2003Marshall McLuhan Multimedia Festival, Ontario Science Centre, May 15-18, Toronto, ON
2003Pop, Gallery 44, Apr 16-24, Toronto, ON

Public Projects
2022Commission for Platforms: We Are Here, Live, City of Vancouver Public Art, May 2 – July 31, Vancouver, BC
2018Indian Summer Festival x Vancouver Art Gallery – Museum Bhavan with Dayanita Singh, July 5-15, Vancouver, BC
2012-13City Panorama, Photo Centre NW, 4Culture and King County Metro, Seattle, WA, USA
2012Concept development for public art commission for The Sharing Farm, City of Richmond Community Public Art Program, Richmond, BC

Artist Talks & Guest Lectures
2022Shifting Articulations of Asian-ness in Contemporary Canada, July 17 (online)
2022“Warm Line Through This Land: Roots and routes in the communal and the community” artist talk, Britannia Art Gallery, March 14 (online)
2022“Crossing, Settling, Unsettling: Liberation, little by little” artist talk in The Ethics of Representation (SOCS 302 S031), Emily Carr University of Art and Design, Vancouver, BC, March 8
2021Conversation 3: Film and Motherhood, Art Mamas and Access Gallery, October 16 (online)
2021Work and Hope: On art-making in the spirit of love, justice, and transformation” artist talk, St. Andrew’s-Wesley United Church – Artivism Series, October 13 (online)
2021“Beyond Gold Mountain: unsettling a migration story” artist talk, Vancouver Art Gallery, February 24 (online)
2021Hot Pot Talks with United Aunties, hosted by Vancouver Artists Labour Union Co-Operative and Love Intersections, Vancouver, BC, February 3 (online)
2020The Future is you and me: Edmonton Edition – Living a Creative Life, Edmonton, AB, October 24 (online)
2019People Doing Things podcast, Episode 262, Vancouver, BC, April 27
2018“A Quiet Resistance: Reconciling diasporic ruptures through food and readymadesartist talk in Have You Eaten Yet?: A Discussion of Food, Culture, Design & Race (HUMN 305/306), Emily Carr University of Art and Design, Vancouver, BC, May 23 & October 10
2016People Doing Things podcast, Episode 118, Vancouver, BC, April 27
2016“Interrogating and articulating, from the center and the sidelines” artist talk in in Feminist Anti-Racist Pedagogies (GRSJ 320), University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, March 17
2015“Tip of my tongue” artist talk in Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Representation in Modern Asia (GRSJ 230), University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, October 14
2010Here today, gone today, Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Vancouver, BC, September 15
2010Ourtube: The Havana Report, Centre A, Vancouver, BC, June 3 (online)
2010Sights/Sites of Spectacle, AHVA Gallery, Vancouver, BC, January 29

Bibliography & Publications
2023(Forthcoming) Tenley Norton Brady, “In Full Colour: Clare Yow,” in An Artist and a Mother, eds. Tara Carpenter Estrada, Heidi Moller Somsen, Kaylan Buteyn, Bradford, ON, Demeter Press (interview & artwork)
2022PUBLIC 64: Beyond Unsettling, editors Dr. Leah Decter and Dr. Carla Taunton (artwork & writing)
20212022 MAU Calendar, Makers Artists United, Vancouver, BC (contributed writing as United Aunties)
2021Graphic History Collective, Remember | Resist | Redraw: A Radical History Poster Project, “Poster #29: Chinese students strike against segregated schools.”
20192019 MAU Calendar, Makers Artists United, Vancouver, BC (artwork)
2018Michelle Blackwell, UBC Library, ”From Open Collections to Art: Local artists use UBC Collections to inspire calendar celebrating Chinatown’s history,” November 16
2018CTV News, ”Vancouver-based artists open studios for Eastside Culture Crawl,” November 15
2018Living Hyphen, Entrances and Exits, Markham, ON, Mimsys (personal essay)
2017BC Artscape, ”BC Artscape Sun Wah Founding Tenants 創建租戶,” October 11
2017Lost Rolls America – The Archive, “An image from 2016,” Summer (photograph)
2017Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies, Reflections of Canada: Illuminating Our Opportunities and Challenges at 150+ Years, Vancouver, BC, UBC Press (photographs)
2017Two Rivers Gallery, “Past, Present & Future: How We’re Marking Canada’s 150th Anniversary,” Feb 8
2017Allan Cho, Ricepaper Magazine, “Interview with Visual Artist Clare Yow,” January 12
2016Haley Lewis, The Thunderbird, “Indigenous art show hopes to create dialogue at Vancouver gallery,” November 21 (photograph)
2016Sima Sahar Zerehi, CBC North, “Tanya Tagaq teams up with Greenlandic mask dancer for ‘incredibly intense’ music video,” November 6 (photograph)
2016The Express Tribune, “Tip of my tongue: Navigating the silences of being Chinese and female,” April 8
2015Julius Schrijvers, Hybrid Identities: The making and unmaking of Chinese-Canadian identity, BA Cultural Anthropology thesis, Utrecht University
2010Clare Yow, “A Question of Priorities: Unmapping Through a Diasporic Femininity,” University of British Columbia Master of Fine Arts – Visual Art thesis
2010Debra Zhou, “Living Through the Female Body,” Here today, gone today exhibition catalogue
2009Teresa Aversa, Obsolete exhibition essay, The Bookmark Project, Koffler Gallery
2008Function, Vol.9
2007Light Leaks, Issue 5 (Winter)
2007Inside Mississauga, “Mississauga Portfolio” – Vol.1,4 (May/June)

Professional Experience
2020+Co-founder & Artistic Lead, United Aunties Arts Association, Vancouver, BC
2020Organizer, Both/and: Artist-parents in conversation + a performance, Future Forum, Vancouver, BC
2017Selection Panelist, City of Richmond Public Art, Richmond, BC
2016Direction for Chinese Vaginies by Natalie Gan, Walk the Walk: National Festival of Asian Canadian Women, fu-GEN Theatre Company, June 17, Toronto, ON
2014-15Board Director, Cinevolution Media Arts Society, Richmond, BC
2011-13Artist, City of Richmond Community Art Roster, Richmond, BC
2010Cultural exchange with Manuel Piña (artist, professor), Havana, Cuba
2008-10Teaching Assistant, University of British Columbia Dept. of Art History, Visual Art & Theory, Vancouver, BC
2009Biodiversity/Visual Art Elementary School UBC Outreach Program pilot project, Vancouver, BC
2008Studio Assistant, Eldon Garnet (artist), Toronto, ON
2007Assistant, New Media Resources, Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, ON

2021Canada Council for the Arts “Sector Innovation and Development, Supporting Artistic Practice” Grant – joint application with The Future Network (for United Aunties Arts Association)
2020British Columbia Arts Council Microgrant
2010UBC Go Global International Learning Programs Award
2009-10SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship
2008UBC Faculty of Arts Graduate Student Initiative Award
2008SNAP!Star TD Award
20078 Elm Photo/Video Award
2003Queen Elizabeth II “Aiming For the Top” Scholarship
2021Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre, Vancouver, BC, June 2 – July 5
2021Firecracker, Centre A, Vancouver, BC, January-February (online)
201720th Anniversary Gala, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives – BC office, Vancouver, BC, Oct 19
2016XXV: Annual Auction Fundraiser, Access Gallery, Vancouver, BC, November 19
2016BLOOM: Ink, Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre, Burnaby, BC, May 17-28
2010Cuba Libre, AMS Gallery, Vancouver, BC, April 9
2009WEAREART, AMS Gallery, Vancouver, BC, Sept 13; AHVA Gallery, Vancouver, BC, Sept 18-21
2008SNAP!08, Live Auction for AIDS Committee, National Ballet School, Toronto, ON, March 2