24 x 20 inch archival pigment print

Edition of 10 (1 framed, 1 unframed available)

$1,700 framed, $1,300 unframed


Artist Statement: 


Over the last nine years Lum has been searching for clusters of Chinatown communities that have been built across Canada and the United States for the purpose of settlement and growth. The artist’s aim is to focus and direct attention towards the functionality of the Chinatown and to explore the generational context of how “Chinese” identity is expressed in these structural enclaves. Armed with a large format camera, Lum documented Chinatowns in Victoria, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Halifax and San Francisco, Los Angeles, Manhattan New York and Boston. Lum has often travelled back and forth to these Chinatowns to record the rapid architectural and economic changes that these communities have been facing. These images are visual records of the cityscapes in which Lum highlights historical and contemporary cultural fixtures such as small mom-and-pop shops, Chinese restaurants, and community organizations.




Morris Lum is a Trinidadian born photographer/artist whose work explores the hybrid nature of the Chinese-Canadian community through photography and documentary practices. His work also examines the ways in which Chinese history is represented in the media and archival material. Morris’ work has been exhibited and screened across Canada and the United States.


Morris is currently working on a cross-North America project that looks specifically at the transformation of the Chinatown.

Morris Lum, 676-678 Gerrard Street E, East Toronto Chinatown, 2021