Dead Serious - Experimental comics from Belgium, France and Hong Kong
Painting, sculpture, drawing, photograph


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AbstractThis exhibition is the result of discussions between professors from the Fine Arts Department, CUHK, and from the Brussels based art school ESA Saint Luc as well as the Academy of Visual Arts, Baptist University. The ESA Saint Luc is one of the most famous European schools of art offering a specialization in comics and graphic novels creation. One of their professors, Ms. Simone Schuiten who taught philosophy at the school for many years, has already organized many workshops with arts departments in Mainland China universities. For the first time, she guided a group of students from the ESA Saint Luc for a workshop in Hong Kong with local students and teachers. During the workshop that took place at the Academy of Visual Arts during the last week of March 2018, local and Belgian students produced a series of short comics stories on the theme ‘Missed appointment(s) in Town,’ some of these works were selected for display in this exhibition.
Invited by the Belgian consulate in Hong Kong, the leader of this workshop, Philippe de Pierpont, is a scriptwriter for graphic novels and films, as well as a director of movies and documentaries, who teaches scriptwriting in Belgium for students in comics and graphic novel creation (other teachers involved in the workshop were Frédérique Halbardier, also from ESA Saint Luc, and architecture professors Kiran Katara and Georges Pirson from Université Libre de Bruxelles, as well as one of Hong Kong’s most popular comics creator and political cartoonist, Justin Wong黃照達). Philippe de Pierpont collaborated with Eric Lambé, a comics and graphic novels author as well as creator of animation films who also teaches in Belgium, on the creation of their most celebrated work to date, Paysage après la bataille (Landscape after the battle). It is a long minimalist tale of a young woman living through the aftermath of a destructive personal experience. It won the best album award (Fauve d’Or) at the Angoulême Festival in France, the longest and most prestigious event celebrating the art comics worldwide. This graphic novel was published by one of the most prestigious publishers of fiction in France, Acte Sud, in collaboration with the association Frémok. It is this association and FRMK, its publishing arm, that will be the main attraction of this exhibition.
Frémok (www.fremok.org) was born out of the reunion in 2002 of the two publishers Amok and Fréon, which were both initially founded at the beginning of the 1990s. The name Frémok was, so the legend goes, created by the contraction Fréon+Amok. By producing books, but also exhibitions, workshops, theater performances or other events like ‘Autartic commix’ or ‘Littérature Pirates,’ Frémok has encouraged the development of graphic literature, contemporary art and activism for what they dubbed ‘bibliodiversity.’ Frémok presents itself as a platform of projects made around the works created or chosen by this non-profit organization. Fréon brings together all sorts of participants, readers, artists, persons active in the domain of book creation and the arts, but also other independent structures and institutions. Frémok also generates projects independently or in collaboration with the other partners of its network (other publishers, art galleries, bookstores, art or performance spaces, etc.). Its members also create events in art schools, universities, libraries and public spaces where they constantly promote and defend the freedom of creation, thought, self-expression and circulation of books and ideas. Frémok does not present itself as merely a publisher, which is why its participants prefer to use the term ‘platform.’
Acceptance Date14/12/2017
All Author(s) ListFrank Vigneron (Guest curator)
Title of PublicationDead Serious - Experimental comics from Belgium, France and Hong Kong
Detailed descriptionDate: 3-14 April 2018
Venue: am space gallery, Hong Kong
Guest curator: Frank Vigneron
Year2018
Month4
LanguagesEnglish-United Kingdom

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