Ming Hon

Patricia 3-1 copy

Photo credit: Leif Norman

Patricia: Qu’est-ce que c’est, “dégueulasse”? / what is a “scumbag”?

Titled after the last line in Jean-Luc Godard’s ‘À bout de souffle’, Hon’s durational solo inhabits a corner of the gallery, set dressed to simulate an unkempt bachelor apartment. The audience plays voyeur to a character enacting the familiar daily rote actions of guilty pleasures and cheap thrills, a person running on fumes, alcohol, sugar, and practicing a raging existential nihilism. Donuts, king cans, scratch lotto tickets, empty cigarette packs, vintage fur coats, dollar bin records, busted cell phones, drugstore lipstick, and handfuls of useless pennies pile up exponentially in her room as the actions repeat. Will the structure of the performance or the character collapse first?

  • Wednesday, September 16: 6 pm – 10 pm (Latitude 53)

Artist statement

Ming Hon’s practice looks into themes of work, labour, the ethics of luxury, capitalism, and the economy and politics of the female body.


Ming Hon has exhibited her works and performed both locally and internationally, including at The Taipei Artist’s Village, The CAM in Raleigh, North Carolina, at The National Art Gallery’s Prairie Scene events in Ottawa, Surrey Art Gallery, at Plug In Institute for Contemporary Art in Winnipeg and more. She has worked with acclaimed visual artists; Sarah Anne Johnson, Rebecca Belmore, Rober Racine, and Noam Gonick. As a dancer she has trained with Canadian dance greats Tedd Robinson and Peter Boneham and is a graduate of The School of Contemporary Dancers. Her practice includes video and installation work. Recent works of note include ‘Chase Scenes #1-58’, ‘Forever in Blue Jeans’, ‘Patricia: Qu’est-ce que c’est, “dégueulasse”? / what is a “scumbag”?’, ‘The Exhibitionist’, and ‘Cleaver Piece’.