Esmond Lee 李春錦 is an artist, researcher, and architect based in Scarborough. Lee explores long-term, intergenerational experiences of migration in peripheral spaces. He holds a Master of Architecture and is pursuing a Doctorate in Critical Human Geography. Lee draws from these seemingly diverging backgrounds to examine identity, belonging, and nuanced cultural and political borders in the built environment. Recent public artworks include a 250-foot long vinyl mesh installation for Nuit Blanche Toronto, developed during his time as the Doris McCarthy Artist-in-Residence, and a 30-foot tall installation at Malvern Town Centre for CONTACT Photography Festival. Lee’s current projects include two photobooks: Below the City, recognized by the Burtynsky Grant, and community-driven book for Woodside Square Library as the TPL Artist-in-Residence. His work is in the permanent collection of The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) and Doris McCarthy Gallery (DMG) at University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC). Lee is supported by the Toronto, Ontario, and Canada Art Councils.
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