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Artists as Writers: Fung, Richard

Artist Biography

(Photo by Giulio Muratori, from Heritage Toronto)

FUNG, Richard

Professor at OCAD University

Areas of Expertise

Video art, film, integrated media LGBTQ perspectives, Asian-Canadian perspectives


Richard Fung is an artist and writer born in Trinidad and based in Toronto. He holds a diploma from the Ontario College of Art, a degree in cinema studies and an MEd in sociology and cultural studies, both from the University of Toronto. He is Professor in the Faculty of Art at OCAD University, teaching courses in Integrated Media and Art and Social Change.

His work comprises challenging videos on subjects ranging from the role of the Asian male in gay pornography to colonialism, immigration, racism, homophobia, AIDS, justice in Israel/Palestine, and his own family history. His single-channel and installation works, which include My Mother’s Place (1990), Sea in the Blood (2000), Jehad in Motion (2007), Dal Puri Diaspora (2012) and Re:Orientations (2016), have been widely screened and collected internationally, and have been broadcast in Canada, the United States and Trinidad and Tobago.

Richard’s essays have been published in many journals and anthologies, and he is the co-author with Monika Kin Gagnon of 13: Conversations on Art and Cultural Race Politics (2002), later updated and translated into French. He was a Rockefeller Fellow at New York University and has received the Bell Canada Award for Outstanding Achievement in Video Art and the Toronto Arts Award for Media Art. In 2015, he received the Kessler Award from CLAGS: Center for LGBTQ Studies at the City University of New York for “a substantive body of work that has had a significant influence on the field of LGBTQ Studies.

© Biography from Fung's website.

Online Resources

Richard Fung's website.

Richard Fung on V Tape (includes select video clips by and artist information).

Visible City Project + Archive (video interviews with Richard Fung).

Writing by Richard Fung

Please note that not all works are available through the OCADU library. To acquire one of these works through Interlibrary Loan or other means, please contact the library for assistance.

Richard Fung: Writing about his own art

Threshold. text in collaboration with visual artist Allan de Souza. Highways Gallery, Santa Monica, 1997.

“Remaking Home Movies.” In Mining the Home Movie: Excavations into Historical and Cultural Memories. Eds. Karen I. Ishizuka and Patricia R. Zimmerman. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2008. 29-40. Read online.

Richard Fung: Writing about art

"Looking for My Penis: The Eroticized Asian in Gay Video Porn." In How Do I Look?: Queer Film and Video. Ed. Bad Object-Choices. Seattle: Bay Press, 1991. 145-168. Read online.

"Working through Cultural Appropriation." Fuse 16.5-6 (1993): 16-24. [available from ARTbibliographies Modern (ABM)]

"Dispositions: Undressing `Victim Art'." Co-authors B. Bailey, C. Bailey, L. Boschman, J.A. Poitras, & J. Randolph. Mix 21.1-2 (1995): 41-50.  [available from ARTbibliographies Modern (ABM)]

“Colouring the Screen.” In Video re/view. Eds. Peggy Gale and Lisa Steele. Toronto: Art Metropole & Vtape, 1996. 256-64. Read online.

Convergence 1996: the aesthetic, political and ethical issues in Cross Cultural Art, in Fuse Magazine. vol. 19, no. 4, 1996.  Read online.

“Uncompromising Positions.” In Suggestive Poses: Artists and Critics Respond to Censorship. Ed. Lorraine Johnson. Toronto: Toronto Photographers Workshop and The Riverbank Press, 1997. 137-149 Read online.

Misfits Together: Paul Wong on Art, Community and Vancouver in the 1970s and 1980s. in Fuse Magazine vol. 21, no. 3. 1998.  Read online.

"Art for Glob." Fuse 25.4 (Nov 2002): 7-8. Read online.

“After Essay—Questioning History, Questioning Art.” In On Aboriginal Representation in the Gallery. Eds. Lynda Jessup with Shannon Bagg. Hull, QC: Canadian Museum of Civilization, 2002. 37-42. Read online.

"A Critical Perspective." With Campbell, C., Lee, B., Tuer, D., Robertson, C. in Trinity Square Video: Collection of Independent Video, 1982-1991. Toronto: Trinity Square Video, 1991. 9-10.

“Everyday People.” Fuse 13.1-2 (Fall 1989): 55-6. Read online.

"Bodies out of Place: the Videotapes of Shani Mootoo." Women & Performance: A Journal of Feminist Theory 8:2 1996. pp.161-173. Read online.

“Burdens of Representation.” In Constructing Masculinity. Eds. Maurice Berger, Brian Wallis, and Simon Watson. New York: Routledge, 1995. 291-8. Read online.

Making Changes in Naming a Practice: Cultural Strategies for the Future, ed. Peter White. Banff Centre Press, 1996. Available at OCADU Library.

"Then and Now." In Recollection Project: Stephen Andrews, Sarindar Dhaliwal, Germaine Koh, Lani Maestro, Louise Noguchi. Don Mills, ON: Gendai Gallery, 2000. 41-8.

Future Past: Unit 60: Bruise in Magnetic North, ed. Jenny Lyon.  Minneapolis, Walker Art Centre, 2000.

History Lessons in On Aboriginal Representation in the Gallery. Ed. Lynda Jessup, Shannon Bagg. Canadian Museum of Civilization, Jan 1, 2002

Beautiful dreamers "Unsettled returns: A screening and dialogue with Michel Khleifi and Eyal Sivan" Fuse Magazine, 26 (4). pp. 36-38. 2003.  Read online.

"Uncomfortable: The Art of Christopher Cozier." Public 31 (2005). Read online.

The power of light: aluCine 7th Toronto Latin@ Media Festival's Uncontrolled Reflections. Fuse Magazine, 29 (3). pp. 45-48. 2006. Read online.

Diasporic Dilemmas in Fresh Talk/Daring Gazes: Conversations on Asian American Art. ed. Elaine Kim and Margo Machida. 2015.

Richard Fung: Other Writing

“Asians: Gay and Proud.” The Asianadian 2.3 (Winter 1979-80): 30. Read online.

An Onion Amidst Strawberries. The Asianadian, vol. 2, no. 4, 1980.

From Brixton to Brazil. The Asianadian, vol. 4 no. 1, 1980.

“TV Dinner in 24 Languages.” Fuse 4.4 (May 1980):188-9. Read online.

Profile: Gay Asians of Toronto. The Asianadian, vol. 5, no. 4, 1981

Television in Nicaragua. Fuse, vol 5, no 2+3, 1981.

Circling Tiananmen Square. Fuse Magazine vol. 13 no. 1+2, 1989.

Breaking the Network: Grassroots Productions Transform Trinidadian TV. Fuse Magazine, vol. 13, no. 5, 1990.

“Centre the Margins.” In Moving the Image: Independent Asian Pacific American Media Arts. Ed. Russel Leong. Los Angeles: UCLA Asian American Studies Center & Visual Communications, 1991. 62-7. Read online.

“Films About Interracial Relationships.” Fuse 15.3 (Winter 1992):30-32. Read online,

"Historical Revisions: Sex, Gender and the Past." (Swoon; Gerda; Legal Memory: Films at the Toronto Festival of Festivals, September 10-20, 1992)." Fuse 16.2 (Winter 1992/93): 38-9.

“Shortcomings.” In Queer Looks: Perspectives on Lesbian and Gay Film and Video. Eds. Martha Gever, John Greyson and Pratibha Parmar. Toronto: Between the Lines, 1993. 355-367. Read online.

“Seeing Yellow.” In The State of Asian America: Activism and Resistance in the 1990s. Ed. Karin Aguilar-San Juan. Boston, MA: South End Press, 1994. 161-171. Read online.

Conference Calls: Race as Special Event in Take One. no. 5 1994.

“The Trouble with 'Asians.'” In Negotiating Lesbian and Gay Subjects. Eds. Monica Dorenkamp and Richard Henke. New York: Routledge, 1995. 123-30. Read online.

“Burdens of Representation.” In Constructing Masculinity. Eds. Maurice Berger, Brian Wallis, and Simon Watson. New York: Routledge, 1995. 291-8. Read online.

"Dear Shani, Hiya Richard." With Shani Mootoo. Felix: A Journal of Media Arts and Communications 2.1 (1995): 26–35. Read online.

"Programming the Public." GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies 5.1 (1999): 73-93. Read online.

Richard Fung: Interviews

“Northern Lights: An Interview with John Hanson.” Fuse 4.6 (Nov 1980). p.326-9. Print. Find it at OCADU Library.

A Conversation with Lino Brocka. The Asianadian, vol. 5, no. 2, 1981.

“Eyes on Black Britain: an interview with Isaac Julien.”  Fuse 48 (Winter 1987/88): 25-28. Read online from Richard Fung's website

Misfits Together: Paul Wong on Art, Community and Vancouver in the 1970s and 1980s. in Fuse Magazine vol. 21, no. 3. 1998.  Read online.

Overview: Looking Back and Looking Forward: Richard Fung and Midi Onodera in Reel Asian: Asian Canada on Screen. ed. Elaine Chang. Coach House Books, 2004.  Available at OCADU Library.

13 Conversations About Art and Cultural Race Politics. Montreal: Artexte Editions, [2002].

"Images of Disturbance: Richard Fung in Conversation with Amar Kanwar." Fuse Magazine 32.4 (2009): 18-24. [available from ARTbibliographies Modern (ABM)]