Esmond Lee 李春錦 is an artist, researcher, and practising architect based in the suburbs of Toronto. As a second generation Chinese-Canadian, Lee explores long-term, intergenerational experiences of migration in peripheral spaces. He holds a Master of Architecture from the University of Toronto and draws from this background to examine identity, belonging, and nuanced cultural and political borders in the built environment. Lee is proud to create hyperlocal research and art concerning his community in Scarborough. Lee’s work includes a continuous 250-foot long vinyl mesh installation for Nuit Blanche Toronto, developed during his time as the Ontario Heritage Trust Doris McCarthy Artist-in-Residence, and a 30-foot tall installation at Malvern Town Center for CONTACT Photography Festival. Upcoming projects include a photobook, Below the City, recognized by the Burtynsky Grant, and community photobook as part of his Toronto Public Library artist residency. Lee’s work is part of the CAMH permanent collection and received awards from Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council, and Canada Council for the Arts.
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