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Join artist Howie Tsui for an in-depth look at his hand-drawn animated video scroll, Retainers of Anarchy, on view in the Monda Gallery for Contemporary Art.
Vancouver-based artist Howie Tsui employs a variety of media to construct tense, fictive environments that subvert canonized art forms and narrative genres, often from the Chinese literati class. His research draws from the martial arts, Buddhist hell scrolls, Hong Kong politics, Canadian-Chinese history, automatic drawing, and stories of exile and isolation. Tsui synthesizes diverging socio-cultural anxieties around superstition, trauma, acculturation, and otherness through a distinctly outsider lens to advocate for liminal and diasporic experiences. Howie Tsui: Retainers of Anarchy (2017) is a solo exhibition featuring new work from Tsui that considers wuxia as a narrative tool for dissidence and resistance. The title work, Retainers of Anarchy, is a 25-metre scroll-like video installation that references life during the Song dynasty (960–1279 CE), but undermines its idealized portraiture of social cohesion by setting the narrative in Kowloon’s notorious walled city— an ungoverned tenement of disenfranchised refugees in Hong Kong which was demolished in 1994.
Howie Tsui (Tsui Ho Yan) was born in Hong Kong, raised in Nigeria and Canada. His work was included in solo and group exhibitions internationally, including the Vancouver Art Gallery, Canada; OCAT Xi’an Museum, China; Para Site, Hong Kong; Asian Art Museum of San Francisco; National Gallery of Canada; Art Labor, China; Ikkan Art Gallery, Singapore, among others. Tsui’s work is in the public collections of the National Gallery of Canada, Vancouver Art Gallery, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Canada Council Art Bank, Ottawa Art Gallery, City of Ottawa, Global Affairs Canada, Centre d'exposition de Baie-Saint-Paul and M+ Museum of Visual Culture.
Please note that this lecture will take place in the Chao Lecture Hall. Please allow additional time to make your way from the Visitors Pavilion to the Lecture Hall.
Photo credit : Rémi Thériault.