Festival Accès Asie and curator Sara Say invite you into the world of the morbid with the collective exhibition Asian Horror & Cynicism.
The opening will take place on Saturday May 7 at 2 p.m.
A bilingual round table discussion with the artists will take place on May 8 at 2 p.m.
Festival Accès Asie and curator Sara Say invite you into the world of the morbid with the collective exhibition Asian Horror & Cynicism, a dark and macabre alternative world. This world embraces us and draws us in to the things we avoid during the day in groups, but which entice us to satisfy our curiosity alone at night; we refuse to admit to being fascinated by horror, for fear of being judged by those around us. Three young Asian artists, Viviane Tran-Le, Xin Ting Zhou, and Zidi Zhu, take us on a journey through their imaginations, immersing us in this inner darkness.
Curator of the exhibition, Sara Say seeks innovation and explores subjects that are rarely addressed in her projects. In 2019, she made her debut is a young artistic director with the collective exhibition Korea: Through the Eyes of the Artist . She continues to promote young talent from Asia by curating projects that bring refreshing new art to the Montreal scene.
Montreal-based illustrator, Xin Ting Zhou, is a designer, dreamer, and thinker who found her passion and personal fulfillment in the artistic field. Recently graduated from Dawson College’s Illustration program, Xin has entered a new stage of her creative life at Laval University. As a growing artist who is still exploring her personal style, Xin is constantly trying out various tools, techniques, and ideas, resulting in a constantly changing yet always surprising series of work. With her new focus on graphic design, she is exploring how to say more with less. Among countless numbers of tools and mediums that she has tried, Xin finds that the best way for her to bring her perspective of the world to canvas is through digital painting and watercolour. She believes that as well as painting techniques, the expression of emotions through storytelling is another essential skill for artists to share their perception of the world with their audiences.
Viviane is a concept artist, graphic designer, and, mostly, an illustrator. After abandoning biochemistry to pursue arts, she landed in the Illustration program at Dawson College. With her newfound knowledge, she now spends her time working on digital paintings with strong narratives. Her artwork is centered around immersive and relatable tales. She likes to contrast her works with reality and see how she can bend or twist the story. She is currently based in Montreal, Canada.
Zidi (Nebularswamp) is a young artist who was born in China and immigrated to Montreal at the age of 14. She is passionate about creating dystopian universes to express her feelings of cynicism. Through art, she overcame personal obstacles and found a way to express her life experiences in a creative way, such as the publication of her coloring book for adults, Legendary Horrors. At Dawson College, she studied video game design and explored this digital medium to recreate fictional worlds in which the narrative mixes with the real world that surrounds her everyday. She is also passionate about different digital media, digital painting being her favorite, which allows her to express her design ideas spontaneously.
Sara Say – Curator
Viviane Tran-Le – Visual artist
Xin Ting Zhou – Visual artist
Zidi Zhu – Visual artist