LUSTR Illustration and Comics Festival 10
Metafest – Festival of Festivals Exhibition
Organiser: LUSTR Illustration and Comics Festival
Participating Curators: Hong Kong Arts Centre (Comix Home Base), Tinta, Grafixx, Irudika, Snail Eye, Taipei Illustration Fair, Illustradays, Ukmukfukk, Future Off, Comicsfestival Hamburg
Dates: 21 - 26.09.2023
Venue: Holešovická tržnice, Prague, Czech Republic
Festival admission ticket required
Participating Hong Kong Artists
Hong Kong Arts Centre (Comix Home Base) will be presenting three emerging comics artists: Evelyn Bih, Chivas Leung, and Kayla Lui in this first collaboration with LUSTR. LUSTR, a festival of contemporary original illustration and comics in Prague, and the largest illustration festival in the Czech Republic is celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2023.
For this occasion, LUSTR is featuring a special exhibition Metafest – Festival of Festivals bringing together the most inspiring illustration and comics festivals around the world. The 10 curators of art festivals choose artists and works from the countries of their origin. The participating festivals covers Europe and Asia, including Hong Kong, Taiwan, Slovenia, Germany, France, Belgium, Hungary, Spain to Greece. It is expected to bring insights into different art scenes and encourage exchange between artists from different cultures.
The three featured Hong Kong artists are all alumni of comics master class organised by Comix Home Base in 2020. After gaining foundations from the course, they took their passion in comics a step further to different comics creations and experiments. It is exciting to see their latest works in LUSTR. Apart from exhibiting their experimental and stylistically expressive artworks, the Hong Kong artists, Evelyn Bih and Kayla Lui will also hold workshops and participate in talks. It will be a great chance to foster international connections for young and emerging artists.
Theme of Hong Kong exhibits: Party
Welcome to the Party presented by HKAC (CHB) and three Hong Kong aspiring female artists! Here you may find the fanciful imagery of Evelyn Bih, light-hearted fantasy by Chivas Leung, and muddy play by Kayla Lui.
Evelyn’s new work invite us into a journey of transformation. Following the crooked images of body, organs and cells, we are guided back to the fundamental of life form, thus being able to see the world from a new perspective.
Chivas Leung’s pure and childlike charisma in her works has earned her mentions in Bologna Ragazzi Children’s Book Awards and Angoulême International Comics Festival. Using vivid colours, she paves way into a dreamy world full of possibilities.
Kayla Lui’s new story addresses primordiality with her bold storytelling. Have we forgotten our most natural form? What lies ahead when we join hands and become mud together?
May it be peculiar ruminations, dreamlike imaginations, or dramatic blast, all three realms reflects the distinctive perspective of each artist. It will be our honour if they succeed in giving you any intriguing thoughts.
An event that gathers participating artists to share their works and allow direct communication with audiences.
Participating Hong Kong Artists: Evelyn BIH, Kayla LUI
Tutors: Evelyn BIH, Kayla LUI
Date and Time: 24.09 1400-1600
*Recommended for high school and university students, or people who are learning how to draw.
Conducted in English
Draw and bind your own comic zine!
A chaotic workshop with Kayla Lui and Evelyn Bih
Draw, mark, overlay, sequence, thread, and piece together your own, one-of-a-kind mini comic zine! In this workshop led by Hong Kong comic artists Kayla Lui and Evelyn Bih, you will 1) make comics with experimental comic panels and 2) learn a simple saddle book stitching technique to assemble your zine. This workshop is suitable for those who are interested in zine-making and DIY publishing. No experience in zine making is required.
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Hong Kong Artists
Evelyn Bih (born in 1998) is a comic artist graduated from Academy of Visual Arts in Hong Kong Baptist University in 2021. She has also been awarded the Hong Kong Outstanding Visual Art Student Award in 2016 and has exhibited in the Youth Visual Art Exhibition 2016; as well as awarded the Outstanding Student Artist Award of Hong Kong 2017 and has exhibited in Reminiscing Tomorrow Second OSA Award After-show.
Evelyn uses illustrations and comics to express strange thoughts in daily life. She always presents her ideas through the lust of flesh, disturbance in life and the mysterious features in biology.
To her, making artwork is a trip to the unconscious mind. Even though the creative process can be painful, Evelyn is still passionate about creation and her artistic interpretations. Therefore, she continues to create.
Graduated from the Academy of Visual Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University in 2018. Her art practice focuses mainly on painting, drawing and printmaking. She sees art-making as a ritual to complete memory, as the irreversible nature of life prompts her to vividly recall past memories. Leung’s art is always ‘based on a true story’: while anecdotes in her works are often adapted from real-life experiences, they are imaginary. Those stories contain secret clues to retrieve the missing pieces in her memory. What is important, after all, is to commemorate all those times she had.
Recent exhibitions include solo exhibition River (Taiwan, 2022), YA KAN SAN PO (Hong Kong, 2021) and group exhibition Tri-angles (Hong Kong, 2022). In 2023, she was one of the artists featured in Fifteen Fantasies·Hong Kong Comics @The 50th Angouleme International Comics Festival. She was also recognised as one of the winning illustrators in Children’s Book Fair in Bologna, Italy in the same year. Her comic book, NIGHT NIGHT also received a Special Mention in the Bologna Ragazzi Awards, Comics – Young Adult Category.
Kayla Lui is a comics artist and illustrator from Hong Kong who currently resides in London. After graduating from BA Illustration at Camberwell College of Arts in 2020, she participated in FEVER Comics Masterclass in Hong Kong Arts Centre, which rooted her work in comics and small press publishing. She self-published her first comic book Dailongfeng Restaurant (2021), followed by Heavy Flavours Magazine (2023) and other zines. Her recent exhibition include Edges (2023), Stargazers (2022) and Wild Art Festival HK 2020. She explores a tone of playful absurdity, where naivety meets the uncanny, in her subversive interpretations of diasporic and subcultural identities.
About Hong Kong Arts Centre
Art for Passion, Art for Life, Art for All
Since 1977, the Hong Kong Arts Centre (HKAC) has been a platform for nurturing and supporting artists, and infusing art into everyday life. Its unique arts and educational programmes aim to make the arts accessible for all. The HKAC believes in the transformational power of art for people from all walks of life. Established more than four decades ago, the HKAC bring art to the people of Hong Kong – by presenting programmes for visual arts, performing arts, moving images and media arts, comics and animation. Other areas also cover arts education, conferences, festivals, public art and community projects, all done with the vision and mission of engaging and inspiring creativity in the Hong Kong community.
In 2000, HKAC founded its educational arm, Hong Kong Art School (HKAS). The HKAS provides award-bearing programmes to nurture artists and art practitioners, as well as short enrichment courses for the general public. The HKAC aspires to engage everyone in the community to become an active participant in the arts – as an enthusiast, an artist or a patron.
Let’s continue to embrace ‘Art for Passion, Art for Life, Art for All’, and share the inspiration.
About Comix Home Base
Hong Kong Arts Centre (HKAC) believes that comics and animation are important local pop culture and artistic creations. HKAC has been dedicated to planning and organising diverse and unique activities to promote the arts and culture of comics and animation to the local community and abroad.
Since 2006, HKAC curated Comix Home Base project (CHB), hosted over 700 ani-com-related events, such as exhibitions, talks, workshops, performances, publications, screenings, public arts, etc. Outside Hong Kong, the footprints of Hong Kong comics can be found overseas in France, Belgium, Britain, Germany, Finland, Sweden, Japan, Singapore, Mainland China, Taiwan, South Korea, etc. Through the uniquely planned programmes, several Hong Kong comics artists have got chances to initiate international collaborations in publishing their comics in foreign languages in Europe and US. These all made an impact on the international comics scene and help to raise the profile of Hong Kong comics internationally.
HKAC (CHB) continues to proactively look for opportunities to promote Hong Kong's diverse comics and animation arts, with the aim of increasing international recognition and awareness of Hong Kong’s comics artists and their unique works.
About LUSTR Illustration and Comics Festival
LUSTR is a festival of contemporary original illustration in Prague and the largest illustration exhibition in the Czech Republic. LUSTR isn’t just pictures on the walls – it is diverse installations by more than 100 selected artists. The festival is a unique chance for the artists to meet each other, and share their experiences and skills in a fun environment.
For many, it can be refreshing to discover that contemporary illustration isn’t just pictures in books. Thanks to new means in both the digital and traditional “paper” domains, the authors invite the audience to look deeper into their imagination.
LUSTR’s further programme contains artist’s talks, workshops, lectures, master class, live comic readings and guided tours led by both Czech and foreign guests of the festival.
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