Richard Fung

Born 1954 - Trinidad

Richard Fung is a Toronto-based video artist, writer, theorist and educator. He holds a degree in cinema studies as well as an ME in sociology and cultural studies, both from the University of Toronto. He is Associate Professor in the Integrated Media program at the Ontario College of Art and Design. 

His work comprises of a series of challenging videos on subjects ranging from the role of the Asian male in gay pornography to colonialism, immigration, racism, homophobia, AIDS and his own family history. His tapes, which include My Mother’s Place (1990), Sea in the Blood (2000) and Uncomfortable (2005), have been widely screened and collected internationally, and have been broadcast in Canada and the United States.

His 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), recently updated and translated into French. Richard is a past Rockefeller Fellow at New York University and has received the Bell Canada Award for Lifetime Achievement in Video as well as the Toronto Arts Award for Media Art.

 Fung has always seen himself as much as an educator as an artist, and in Helen Lee’s essay ‘Dirty Dozen: Playing 12 Questions with Richard Fung’ from Like Mangoes in July: The Work of Richard Fung (Images Festival and Insomniac Press, 2002), Fung says he aims to produce work which is ‘pedagogical, but hopefully not pedantic’. Richard is a public intellectual who has pushed forward the debates about queer sexuality, Asian identity and the uneasy borderlands of culture and politics.

Available Titles by Richard Fung

Titlesort icon Year Collection Action
Chinese Characters 1986 Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Uncomfortable: The Art of Christopher Cozier 2005 On Art and Artists, Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Dirty Laundry 1996 Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Fighting Chance 1991 Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Islands 2002 Single Titles order video    add to wish list
My Mother's Place 1990 Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Orientations: Lesbian and Gay Asians 1984 Single Titles order video    add to wish list
School Fag 1998 Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Sea in the Blood 2000 Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Steam Clean 1991 Single Titles order video    add to wish list
The Way to My Father's Village 1988 Single Titles order video    add to wish list