3 July – 31 August 2017
Chia-Wei Hsu (b. 1983, Taiwan) an artist, filmmaker, and curator based in Taiwan whose work merges the language of contemporary art and film, often unveiling the complex production apparatus – cameras, camera cranes, lighting kits, microphones, etc. – employed in the filmmaking process. 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. Fabricating a mythical narrative where stories, spirits, and machineries unfold on the same level, Hsu maintains a critical attitude toward the structure of film and often seeks to present his projects outside of museums and other contemporary art venues.
Chia-Wei Hsu’s works have been presented in numerous exhibitions and festivals worldwide, including Haus der Kulturen der Welt (2017); Cinema Muzeul Țăranului, Bucharest, Romania (2016); 4th Taiwan International Video Art Exhibition, Hong-Gah Museum, Taipei (2014); 55th International Venice Biennale, Italy (2013); 2012 Taipei Biennial, Taiwan, (2012); Beirut Art Center, Lebanon (2012); Centre Pompidou, Paris, France (2011). He was Artist-in-Residence at Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany (2014) and at the International Studio and Curatorial Program, New York, United States, (2010). In 2013, he was a finalist for the Hugo Boss Asia Art Award. From 2011 to 2013, he was appointed director of Open Contemporary Art Center in Taipei, Taiwan.
In the wake of a research conducted in collaboration with the Eindhoven University of Technology which led to his solo exhibition at the Van Abbemuseum (2015), Hsu will continue to investigate colonial histories of Taiwan, Malaysia, and Singapore as part of a larger project dedicated to backtrack early models of globalization. His interest lies especially in the political, economic, and infrastructural role played by the Dutch East India Company in the 17th century in Southeast Asia and its manifestation in the architectural complexes such as Fort Noord-Holland in Taiwan and Stadthuys (City Hall) in Malacca City, Malaysia.
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.