Chien-Chi CHANG: Double Happiness

When 15 May 2015 - 30 May 2015
Where inCube Arts SPACE
314 West 52nd St., #1
New York, NY 10019
United States

Opening Reception: Saturday, May 16, 7-9pm

inCube Arts SPACE is delighted to present the gallery’s first exhibition dedicated to the work of Graz, Austria-based Taiwanese artist Chien-Chi CHANG (b.1961): Double Happiness (2004-2011), curated by Chi-Wen HUANG and in collaborated with Chi-Wen Gallery, Taipei.

Marriage brokers recruit young Vietnamese women to come to Ho Chi Minh City where they are viewed by groups of Taiwanese men. Each of them pays a fee to pick a suitable bride from the lineup. Within days of meeting, the couples will be married. By using the medium of photography and video as his artistic medium, in Double Happiness, Chien-Chi Chang offers a series of scenarios following the process of arranged marriage in south-east Asia: from selection and application to all the paperwork and the final ceremony. The images are accompanied by interviews with the brokers, the men and women that take place between the potential bride and grooms as they determine the suitability of their partners.

Chien-Chi CHANG is also participating in Frieze New York 2015 - Focus section D06 by Chi-Wen Gallery, presenting Escape from North Korea (2007-2011) and China Town (1992-2011) series. For further information on the artists and works, please email the inCube Arts SPACE info@incube-arts.org or Chi-Wen Gallery info@chi-wen.com

About Chien-Chi CHANG
Primarily using photography as his artistic medium, Chien-Chi Chang (b.1961) explores alienation and connection between people in contemporary society by developing long-term, interactive relationships with the subjects. In his earlier, well-known series The Chain(1993-1999) which was exhibited at the Taiwan Pavilion of the Venice Biennale in 2001 and the Bienal de SãoPaulo in 2002, Chang creates life-sized portraits of patients at Taiwan’s Long Fa Temple psychiatric hospital. His 2002 series I do I do I do exposes subtle societal factors that underpin marriage using a photo album format. In his 2005 series Double Happiness, Chang uses a straight-forward format to document the marriage brokerage process used by Vietnamese brides and Taiwanese grooms.

Starting in 1992, Chang became interested in themes related to the dispersion of individuals or families from their homeland, and in the 20 years hence, followed the lives of illegal immigrants in New York City’s Chinatown who left China as a matter of survival. Entitled China Town and still in progress, the series was exhibited in the artist’s mid-career survey Doubleness at the National Museum of Singapore in 2008, and at the Taiwan Pavilion of the Venice Biennale in 2009. In 2007, Chang travelled with North Korean defectors from Northeast China to Thailand, documenting their lives for his work Escape from North Korea, which won the Canadian AnthropoGraphia Award for Human Rights in 2011. In recent years Chang has expanded his medium to include sound and the photogarphy-based images, which has enriched his image based narratives with additional, multiple elements.

Chang received his bachelor’s degree from Soochow University in 1984, and his master’s from Indiana University in 1990. He began a professional career as a photojournalist in 1991, and has worked for both the Seattle Times and the Baltimore Sun. He joined the world famous photographic cooperative Magnum Photos in 1995 and became a full member in 2001.

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