FRANCE ART EXHIBITION TAIWAN ARTISTS DIGITAL ART MEDIA ART
Exhibition “False Friends/An Ephemeral Video Library” marks the first time Taiwanese digital art has been showcased in an established Paris gallery. Three Taiwanese artists, Ming-Yu Lee, Wu Shang Lin and Chia Wei Hsu, are among 24 international artists whose video-based works are on display in the city’s Jeu de Paume.
Art Radar profiles below these three young Taiwan-based artists, who could be paving the way for future transcultural creative exchanges between Asia and Europe.
Ming Yu Lee: Self-identity and diaspora
A graduate from the Shih Hsin University in Taipei, Ming Yu Lee finished with a degree in Film from the Graduate Institute of Radio, Television and Film. He went on to become an independent filmmaker, working on acclaimed projects like 001-ing, Time Variations, and a biographical diary film Going Home. His works deal with the exploration of self-identity and diaspora.
His work featured in Jeu de Paume is entitled Home Not Yet Arrived. Done on Super 8 film, the work deals with the absence of Ming’s deceased father. Using personal family videos, the piece evokes volumes of nostalgia through fleeting fragments of images.
He is currently living and working in Taipei.
Wu Shang Lin: Memory and history
Having studied in the National Taiwan University of the Arts, Wu Shang Lin graduated from the Fine Arts department.
Based in Taipei, he has shown his work all over the globe and has received recognition internationally. His work in Jeu de Paume, entitled Space of Remembrance 1, is part of his latest solo exhibition entitled, Portrait of Cities – Space of Remembrance which was shown in The Gallery in Kaohsiung, Taiwan.
The piece nestles itself in the themes of memory and history through a video of an old abandoned building. Wu emphasises the anonymity and generalness of the image, letting the audience’s own personal memories and culture permeate the work.
Chia Wei Hsu: Island shipyard stories
An alumni of the department of Fine Arts in the National Taiwan University of the Arts, Chia Wei Hsu went on to finish from the Graduate School of Plastic Art. He has exhibited his art internationally, most recently in this Paris exhibition where his work, The Story of Hoping Island is being shown.
The video shows scenes of the shipyards in Hoping Island where the country’s upheavals in the last century left a mark. Narrated by an old woman who used to work there, Chia grounds the event into a personal perspective that draws the viewer in.
Living and working in Taipei, Chia extends his practice through the Open-Contemporary Art Center, of which he is a member. The artist-run space has been up for nine years and serves as a place in which young artists in Taiwan convene and exchange creative ideas.
More on “False Friends/An Ephemeral Video Library”
Curated by Mara Ponsa, the videos presented as part of “False Friends/An Ephemeral Video Library” are inventive micro-narratives that revolve around the personal stories of these individuals. These insights touch on events that have occurred in mainstream history, thus creating the tension between the personal and the universal. The exhibition began in September 2010 and will run until February 6, 2011.
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