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Dark Fantasy

You only have three days to visit 4A's dark and confronting new exhibition exploring ideas surrounding fantasy worlds and otherness.
By Leisha Kapor
September 30, 2019
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By Leisha Kapor
September 30, 2019
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4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art's new exhibition takes the tropes, motifs and ideologies that you're probably familiar with from works in the fantasy genre and twists them into a complex — and at times uneasy — exploration of "unhinged otherness".

A joint show by Hong Kong-born, Sydney-based illustrator Gerald Leung and Chinese Australian multi-disciplinary artist Louise Zhang, Dark Fantasy celebrates the artists' personal journeys of identity. Leung and Zhang have used cyberpunk imagery, visceral body horror and their own experiences of otherness to offer insight into the creation of fantastical worlds as a process for establishing a sense of identity.

The exhibition is running alongside 4A A4, the gallery's anonymous fundraiser exhibition which is returning for the first time in five years. Maybe you'll be inspired to stamp a representation of your identity on your walls and take home some new art.

Dark Fantasy opens on Friday, October 4 with an event from 6–8pm. It's only open for the weekend, so you'll need to jump on this quickly.

Image: Louise Zhang, The Pure Land (2018), courtesy the artist and Arterial Gallery, Sydney.

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