In collaboration with OBORO’s new media Lab, Festival Accès Asie presents The Thomas Wang Project, a media installation by artist Cheryl Sim. Infused with family memories, Sim’s new work pays tribute to Thomas Wang, the artist’s great‐uncle.
In 1948, a few months prior to the establishment of the People’s Republic of China, Thomas Wang was arrested for profiteering in Shanghai. Despite all endeavors by his sister and brother to plead his case, Wang was executed by the Chinese Government. Moved by this event, Cheryl Sim created an installation that would shed light on this long concealed story.
Using archival images and audio‐visual material, The Thomas Wang Project explores the socio-economic context in Shanghai at the time of Wang’s arrest along with family memories of this story. Inspired by film noir classics such as Shanghai Express, Sim takes the spectator into 1940s Shanghai to invoke and preserve her great-uncle’s memory.
This installation is a deeply personal work that will touch the heart of every spectator.
Chinese artist Cheryl Sim is a media arts creator, musician/composer, researcher and curator based in Montreal. She is interested in the
postcolonial condition, traditional clothing and spirituality. In addition to being a singer, Sim is currently an associate curator at DHC/ART Foundation for Contemporary Arts.
Cheryl Sim ‐ Multidisciplinary artist