Artists: Karen Ngan, Peggy Ngan, Lois Klassen
Writer: Lois Klassen
Language: English with words from hən̓q̓əmin̓əm and Chinese
Dimensions: 10.5″ (270 mm) x 10.5″ (270 mm) when flat; 2.75″ (70 mm) x 2.75″ (70 mm) x 2.75″ (70 mm) when folded as a cube
Binding: Origami (single sheet to be folded into a cube)
Printing: Digital printing
Colour: Black and white
LFP series: Reading the Migration Library
Copyright: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 ) License). Content copyrights remain with listed contributors.
You are looking at, and maybe blowing air into, a montage of cardboard boxes. Boxes that carry hand oils and fork lift scars from a long journey. Transported over the sea, Karen Ngan and Peggy Ngan wonder if the boxes are signifiers for the waves of immigrants that traveled from Hong Kong to the Vancouver region in the 1990s and, more generally, the flows of humans implied in the word migration…”
Flow is a 2-sided single page publication resulting from a collaboration with the curators, Karen Ngan and Peggy Ngan of YACTAC (Young Asian Canadian Twin Artists Collective). The result, a “book” that has a text on one side and instructions on the other to transform it into a balloon, was launched at Red Gate Arts Society in 2017. The exhibition, Reading Flow, included all of the RML books made that year, alongside prints of the pages, an assemblage of boxes from Asian shipments to the Ngans, and a table for visitors to fold copies of Flow to take home.