Born in Hong Kong and raised in Canada, Raeann Kit-Yee Cheung (張傑儀) is a photographer who leans on a dual heritage to create work that is both personal and universal. Having immigrated almost five decades ago, Raeann has come to accept that she is neither Chinese nor Canadian, but rather someone who embodies an ambiguity and a richness that neither ethnicity can possess alone. It is this duality that informs Raeann’s work, a form that accentuates a common yet subdued theme among many immigrant Canadians. Preferring to work through long slow processes, Raeann finds refuge in her methods that act as an anchor on which she contemplates melded identities to resolve inner complexities. She holds a MA in contemporary photography from Falmouth University (UK) and was the recipient of the Photographer of the Year Award by the Exposure Photography Festival in 2021 in the Emerging Photographer category. From this festival, she was also awarded a solo exhibition by TREX Southwest, a two-year traveling exhibition sponsored by the Alberta Society of Artists. Raeann currently resides in the traditional territories of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta, which includes the Blackfoot Confederacy as well as the Tsuut’ina First Nation, and the Stoney Nakoda.
AWARDS & GRANTS
2023 CHICO REVIEW selected participant (hosted by Charcoal Book Club)
2022 EXPOSURE Studio 2.0 selected participant
2022 EXPOSURE Photography Festival Emerging Photographer Of The Year Award
2022 TREX Emerging Photographers Award
2022 Calgary Arts Development Microgrant recipient
Raeann is open to commissioned work, installations, licensing, and collaborations. Please send email with detail information about your project and the best way to contact you. Thank you for your interest.