Worthy successors to the William Morris decorative manner, Tsang Kinwah’s wallpapers assert the ornamental virtues of traceries made of words – but words that are much less worthy. The toile de Jouy-style motif lining La Sucrière’s entry silo borrows what you might call its shouts of liberation from a vocabulary in total contradiction with the delicacy of its motifs. In French, English and Chinese phrases like "Vive la France", "The Glory of Human Beings", "Il faudrait les supprimer", "Where is God," and "Fucking Heaven" create a weird impression as they greedily, insidiously creep across the walls; for you only have to step back a little for these scraps of reality and other shrieks from the artist to vanish into the patterns. On the upper floor at La Sucrière the artist is also presenting a video work using the same principle.
With the support of ATC Groupe and Haulotte France / With the support of the Hong Kong Arts Development Council, Hong Kong.
Youcast, C'Pro Lyon/Caparol, M.E.R.I.C./Cirem, Géopack Industries, IKEA,
Haulotte France, Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte, Duvel Moortgate France, Interbeaujolais, Cephro-Toshiba, Cédric Brochier Soieries, Fermob, Lyon Parc Auto.
The Biennale of Lyon is a Les Biennales de Lyon event