Directed by Chelsea McMullan
Since the 1970s, Ken Lum, OC, has produced iconic artworks that speak to the complexities of class, race, labour, and language, always framed by his mordant sense of humour. A prolific writer and teacher, and artist, Ken is best known for his public artworks as well as his thinking about monuments. Sean O’Neill meets Ken in Philadelphia, where Ken currently lives, for an introduction to the discourse around cities and historical markers that have shaped his recent work. Their walk then continues in Vancouver, Ken’s hometown, where many of his public works are located—they respond to both his background as a working class immigrant as well as to how the city has changed over time. Finally, Ken reveals a major new public artwork he is making for Burnaby, B.C.—a stirring sculpture of a retired workhorse, a sentinel of both the past and the marginal. Read more about Ken Lum.