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Episode 207: Enchantment, Criticism, and the Activation of Art — with Yani Kong

March 28, 2023
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This week on Below the Radar, our host Am Johal is joined by writer, editor, and SSHRC Doctoral Fellow of Contemporary Art at SFU’s School for the Contemporary Arts, Yani Kong. 

Am and Yani discuss Yani’s research exploring enchantment and how she got into her work writing arts criticism. They also talk about Canadian art at the 2022 Venice biennale and the relationship between public art and real-estate development in Vancouver.

About Our Guest

Yani Kong

Yani Kong is a writer, editor, and scholar of contemporary art in Vancouver, Canada. 

She has recently published essays for the Gordon and Marion Smith Foundation, Vancouver BC, the Freedman Gallery, Reading PA, and is a regular contributor to Galleries West.  She is SSHRC Doctoral Fellow of Contemporary Art at the School for the Contemporary Arts (SCA), Simon Fraser University, researching reception aesthetics and contemporary art history. As a member of the Low Carbon Research Methods Working Group, she explores sustainable practices in streaming media. Kong is a faculty member in the department of art history and religious studies at Langara College.


Cite This Episode

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Johal, Am. “Enchantment, Criticism, and the Activation of Art — with Yani Kong” Below the Radar, SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement. Podcast audio, March 28, 2023.


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