Heavily influenced by the Ero Guro Nansensu movement (Guro for short), a Japanese art style hailing from the imperialist 1920s-30s and most commonly seen in modern times in horror themed comics by luminaries such as Shintaro Kago, Suehiro Maruo and Takato Yamamoto, this heady mix of eroticism and mutilation of the human body also represents, in a twisted fashion, liberation and empowerment of the female form through its exploration of the base nature of sexuality without the constraints of morality.
Long-time fans of the genre, Olive and Celia, themselves young illustrators graduated from Nanyang Polytechnic’s SIDM course, have relished this opportunity to share their portrayal of this rarely seen style in Singapore for the first time.
For Olive Chua/Celia yew
Date 27 oct – 12 nov 2017
Type art exhibition