Chen Chieh-jen: Death by a Thousand Cuts
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World-renowned multimedia artist Chen Chieh-jen is one of the leading artistic voices currently working in Taiwan. He has garnered acclaim locally and internationally for his photographs, installations and performance art. Since 2002, Chieh-jen has focused on creating video art. His often silent treatises center around human emotions in difficult situations and marginalized societies.
Condensation: Five Video Works by Chen Chieh-jen is the first major solo exhibition of Chen Chieh-jen in the United States. Condensation introduces audiences to the depth of Chen’s video works, which are described by some critics as compelling in their sense of urgency about issues of politics, humanism, and social welfare.
He presented his first video work, “Lingchi – Echoes of a Historical Photograph” at the 2002 Taipei Biennial. In that work, the artist reinterprets Chinese history by analyzing an early twentieth-century documentary photograph of a criminal execution in pre-modern China, taken by a French soldier and made famous by the French thinker Georges Bataille. In the video works “Factory,” “Bade Area,” and “On Going,” the artist focuses his lens on forgotten locations and ostracized populations.
Death by a Thousand Cuts
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