Howie Tsui: From Swelling Shadows, We Draw Our Bows

Howie Tsui: From Swelling Shadows, We Draw Our Bows

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Exhibition Catalog

Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Toronto, 2021. Power Plant Pages, 16.

112 pp. Moderately illustrated (all col.). 20 x 15 cm. In English. Hardcover.

ISBN 9781894212830

Growing up between Hong Kong, Lagos, and Thunder Bay, Tsui has described his childhood and adolescence as existing between Chinese and Colonial cultures. His artworks blend classical and contemporary Chinese art, including mou hap (wuxia), a popular martial arts genre advocating for resistance against oppressors that emerged in China during the mid-20th century, with Western popular culture to examine the complexities of the diasporic experience and question Chinese monoculturalism. The exhibition takes as its starting point Tsui’s Retainers of Anarchy (2017), a five-channel algorithmic animation comprised of hundreds of hand-painted ink drawings on paper. This formative work was created as a response to the animated scroll River of Wisdom (2010), a Chinese government-sanctioned version of a famous Song Dynasty painting. Tsui’s version of Hong Kong is, at times, nightmarish, full of violence and permeated with a sense of hopelessness as the characters struggle to survive the horrors that befall them. But in the shadows, liminal spaces, like the Kowloon Walled City, or as members of the diaspora shift between cultures, exist the tools to fight against injustice, untruths, and fear.

Subject Headings: Western Art -- Canada ; Hong Kong -- Post-1945 ; Post-1970 ; Post-1990 ; Post-2000 -- Several Fine Arts Media (Western) ; Video/Film -- Other Non-American Minority --

Artist(s): Tsui, Howie

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