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Public Open House, Community Days (Free Admission)

Howie Tsui: Retainers of Anarchy

Jun 12 | 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Please join us for the opening of Retainers of Anarchy, a solo exhibition featuring new work from Howie Tsui that considers wuxia as a narrative tool for dissidence and resistance. Wuxia, a traditional form of martial arts literature that expanded into 20th-century popular film and television, was created out of narratives and characters often from lower social classes that uphold chivalric ideals against oppressive forces during unstable times. The title work, Retainers of Anarchy, is a 25-metre scroll-like video installation that references life during the Song dynasty (960–1279 CE) and more recent digitizations of historical scrolls.

Retainers of Anarchy is collaboratively organized by the Vancouver Art Gallery, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria and the Ottawa Art Gallery. The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria iteration curated by Michelle Jacques.


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