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Residencies Studio Sessions: Artist Talk by Chia-Wei Hsu (Taiwan), Artist-in-Residence

23 Aug 2017, Wed 07:30 PM - 09:00 PM
Studio #01-02, Block 37 Malan Road

Chia-Wei Hsu’s ten-year long engagement with the moving image and the forgotten stories of the Cold War in Southeast Asia resulted in a complex body of works which address major historical events through the lens of minor narratives, often embedded in remote locations, that weave together reality and fiction, myth and history. In this talk, Hsu will trace the development of his practice discussing the relevance of fieldwork in his modes of inquiry, his understanding of the artifice of cinematic representation, and his current research into the role of the Dutch East India Company in the region.

The talk will take place in the artist’s studio.

Chia-Wei Hsu (b. 1983, Taiwan) an artist, filmmaker, and curator based in Taiwan whose work merges the language of contemporary art and film. In his practice, Hsu unearths histories of the Cold War in Asia buried in precise geographical locations and brings them back to life through narrative and visual sequences that blend myth and reality, historical documentation and fictional developments. Hsu’s works have been presented in numerous exhibitions and festivals worldwide, including Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany (2017); Cinema Muzeul Țăranului, Bucharest, Romania (2016); 4th Taiwan International Video Art Exhibition, Hong-Gah Museum, Taipei (2014); 55th International Venice Biennale, Italy (2013).

Image credit: Chia-Wei Hsu, The Story of Hoping Island, 2008, one-channel video installation. Courtesy the artist.

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