November 15 – December 20, 2014
732 Richards Street, Third Floor
Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 3A4
Republic Gallery is pleased to present Mongrel Histories, a solo show of new works on paper by Gwenessa Lam. Lam’s drawings and paintings explore the history of the Kaiping Diaolou, late 19th century multi-storey homes located in Kaiping county, Guongdong, China. These fortress-like defensive buildings were designed to protect against theft and banditry, and are significant for their distinct fusion of architectural styles, exemplifying the impact of emigration in regions such as South Asia, Australasia, and North America.