43.654°N 79.385°W


Richard Long and Francis Alys both employ “walking” in their performance work.
Long focuses on making marks in the landscape in his A Line Made By Walking in 1967,
where the repetition of walking creates an indented path on the ground.
Alys uses the strategy of walking as a way to explore communities, cities and landscapes.
Alys dragged a magnetized dog through Mexico city in his piece The Collector (1990-1992).

In Toronto, the second wave of Chinese migrants could only operate and work in hand laundry business
due to employment restrictions law implemented by the Canadian government (during the 20th century).
Toronto’s first Chinatown used to be on Elizabeth and Hagerman Street, where the new city hall is at now.
When the new city hall and Nathan Phillips Square were built, the first Chinatown residents were evicted and forced to relocate.


I start my walk at Nathan Phillips Square and ends it at the Chow Keong Hand Laundry and Cleaners.
A long yellow silk is tied around my thigh. A segment of the fabric is touching the ground as I walk.

Most of the hand laundry businesses are gone. Chow Keong Hand Laundry might be the only one left in Toronto.
It is located on Avenue Road, straight south of Nathan Phillips Square.

After the hours long walk, I returned home and hand laundered the silk –– cleaning, scrubbing and ironing it. 

The final presentation consists of a folded clean fabric hung on the wall with a tag,
labeling 2017 43.654°N 79.385°W with years ranging from 2017 to 1961,
referencing the year the first Chinatown was evicted,
and a video projection of my walk.

Video Projection

© 2019 Yuling Chen.