With this banner, created during the COVID-19 pandemic, Karen Tam asks how our elders are coping with the social isolation, mental health challenges, health risks, and continued anti-Asian attacks. This piece follows the Chinese tradition of families presenting a longevity banner to their elders in celebration of their significant birthday milestones. The large Chinese character in the centre translates to “long life.”
Karen Tam, Longevity to Our Elders, 2020
Jacquard ribbon, drill fabric, satin, 180.34 x 147.32 cm, Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Hugues Charbonneau, Montreal. Photo credit: Campbell River Art Gallery.