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After the Cataclysm, Before the Storm

Alvin Luong in collaboration with Vicky Đỗ and Đoàn Thanh Toàn

April 1 - 27, 2023 
Presented at Whippersnapper Gallery 
594 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON
Hours: Thursday - Saturday: 11am - 6pm 

After the Cataclysm, Before the Storm is an offsite project presented in partnership with Whippersnapper Gallery. Exploring the concept of “place and placeness” as a symptom of rapid change in Vietnam’s post war capitalist era, the exhibition includes new works by Luong alongside commissioned videos by Vicky Đỗ and Đoàn Thanh Toàn; and a publication with writings by Luong and Vietnam-based curator, Đỗ Tường Linh.

After the Cataclysm, Before the Storm is the cumulative research project by Gallery TPW’s 2022-2023 artist-in-residence, Alvin Luong.

More details to come.

After the Cataclysm, Before the Storm is presented with: 


Image courtesy of Alvin Luong.

About the Artist-in-Residence

Taking place throughout 2022 until the spring of 2023, this Artist-in-Residence program was created with Alvin Luong to support his exploration into collaborative models of artistic research and presentation. The goal of the residency reflects TPW's mandate to support multiple possibilities that can emerge when experimentation, trust and collaboration are given time and space to germinate.

Artist Statement: 

"My work with Gallery TPW intimately reflects on what happens to people when they become placeless. For me, “place” is a collective relationship between people and a social order that exists in a particular geography. The focus of my efforts is on Vietnam where history develops a rapid cadence.

Within the period of one lifetime, Vietnam has convulsed through a divisive war for liberation from French and American occupations, the country’s post-war communist reunification, and economic liberalization in its contemporary capitalist era. In the future, Vietnam’s most populated areas, Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, as well as the regions surrounding these cities, are projected to be underwater. How people navigate placelessness from these past and upcoming upheavals is the focus of After the Cataclysm, Before the Storm.

To expand this conversation, I have also invited and commissioned the filmmaker Vicky Đỗ and dance choreographer Đoàn Thanh Toàn to contribute new artworks and cross-border dialogues to this project. The three of us are of a globalized generation born after the turmoil of Vietnam’s recent past and before the climatic troubles of an anticipated future.​​​​"


Alvin Luong (梁超洪) works with stories of human migration, land, and dialogues from diasporic working class communities to create artworks that reflect upon historical development and its intimate effects on the lives of people. Luong has shown and screened artworks at the Images Festival (Toronto), Boers-Li Gallery (Beijing), Gudskul (Jakarta), and The Polygon Gallery (Vancouver). The artist has held research and resident artist appointments at the Inside-Out Art Museum (Beijing), HB Station Contemporary Art Research Center (Guangzhou), the Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto).

Vicky Do (b.1990), graduated from Texas Tech University, going on to complete an MFA in Creative Media at City University of Hong Kong. Her mentors include: filmmaker Shannon Walsh, artists Linda Lai, Samson Young, Zheng Bo amongst others. She studied broadcast journalism, and has been trained at PBS-KTTZ in Lubbock Texas before moving to Hong Kong. She worked in Hong Kong as a researcher and an independent artist. Her work focuses on the displacement of people, the politics of urban planning and archival practices. She has her works screened and exhibitions at the Hong Kong Independent Film Festival, Urban Nomad Film Festival (Taipei, Taiwan), EXiM (Macau), Floating Projects (Hong Kong), Chaosdowntown Cháo (Saigon, Vietnam), The Factory Contemporary Art Centre (Saigon, Vietnam), Galerie Lorong (Yogyakarta, Indonesia), Para/Site (Hong Kong) and Chinese University of Hong Kong. Vicky is also one of the participants in the 2021 International Leadership Programme, organised by Australia Council for the Arts. She is also a curatorial fellow under the Margaret William Fellowship at Asian Art Museum in 2022.


She currently works as one of the curators at Sàn Art, one of the longest contemporary art spaces in Saigon, Vietnam. 

Toan Doan (he/they) is a choreographer and movement artist based in Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam. Toan was trained in Contemporary Indian dance technique Yorchha™ with Ananya Dance Theater (led by choreographer Ananya Chatterjea) and African-based movement with Brown Spirit Ensemble (led by choreographer Patricia Brown). After years of training and performing with the companies, the artist started experimenting with different modes of performance-making and choreography at Vietnamese art spaces including MoT+++, San Art, A. Farm, Time Between, and the Goethe Institut, making solos as well as collaborative works with other sound, performance, and visual artists. Most recently, as part of the residency program MÚA RỨA in Hoi An, Toan choreographed "Chiem Bao Thay Minh" (2022), an ensemble dance work which explores typhoons and their indelible imprint upon the psyches and souls of the central Vietnamese people.


In addition to performance, Toan facilitates workshops that foster connections through movement and dance.

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