Cement Fondu celebrates Halloween season with Warm Bodies, a lively and haunting exhibition that challenges us to think and feel outside of our comfort zones.
Just as fictional horror stories reflect the real fears and anxieties of the societies from which they spawn, the selected artists upend convention with hybrid art forms, monstrous bodies and mutating identities, confronting us with the creative potential of rot, death and destruction.
Tropes from 'body horror' and ‘post-apocalypse’ genres reappear as a means to explore important matters of our time - from social injustice and environmental catastrophe to radical redefinitions of identity. Visitors encounter Muslim zombies, the Queer politics of slime, and the haunting beauty of Glitch aesthetics that capture moments of technological meltdown.
In addition, UK-based artist Adham Faramawy will take over the Art Store, Cement Fondu’s mezzanine will become a haunted house following a week-long social project between KARI indigenous youth group and award-winning US artist and educator Jaimie Warren, and Laetitia Olivier-Gargano will fill the Project Space with odd objects and animations that incite wonder and repulsion.
In this era when truth is mummified and fiction reigns, and when the death of analogue meets an impending doom of technological unknowns, these artists ask if we’re living in our own ‘End Time’ scenario? Embracing this creeping feeling, the exhibition also demonstrates that horror can offer hope. Interspersed with unexpected moments of humour and redemption - like the apocalypse novel and film of the same name - Warm Bodies suggests that facing our fears now might be critical to avoiding a future we dread.
Images:Safdar Ahmed, Hazeen, Black Death Metal Band, 2015. Photo Alex Wisser; Warm Bodies Launch, Angela Goh performing Body Loss, photos by Anna Kucera.