Chih-Chien Wang: Act of Forgetting
|When||2 Apr 2015 - 24 May 2015|
745 Rue Ottawa
Montréal H3C 1R8
The art of Chih Chien Wang involves the presentation of found objects and the process of collecting or recreating them. This process builds up his understanding of the living space and the cultural diversity of the city. These concerns also resemble his understanding of people; they reflect the place where he lives; and they reveal his doubts about the self.
Photography, video, and installation constantly serve as the main tools for his creation. With these media, he is able to preserve a fresh outlook on specific moments, while recreating scenes generated from collected experiences.
In Act of Forgetting, Chih Chien Wang presents a new body of work – completed between 2014 and 2015 – which undertakes issues in collective memory and identity. This central theme is similar to difficulties faced by many immigrants – for example, how does one address their dual positions of belonging? In an installation comprised of videos, photos, objects and performances, the artist questions the sensitive diasporatic relationship shared between people and their countries of origin, all the while playing with the expressive ambiguity of different mediums. Interested in press clipping accumulations, he explores the unstable nature of memory, and the effects in which changing territories may have thereon.
Chih-Chien Wang was born in Taiwan and has resided in Montreal since 2002, where he completed a Master’s degree in Photography in the Department of Studio Arts at Concordia University, following his studies in Cinema and Theatre at the Chinese Culture University in Taipei, Taiwan. His work is the subject of recent solo exhibitions at venues such as Centre Expression de Ste-Hyacynthe, in 2014; Centre Space in Toronto and Musée régional de Rimouski, in 2013; the Montreal Museum of Fine arts, in 2012; and his first solo exhibition in 2005, presented by Dazibao. He is also included in numerous group shows, including Out of Grace, at the Leonard and Bina Ellen Art Gallery in Montral, in 2010, initiated by Lynda Gaudreau; the Quebec Triennial’s Nothing is lost, nothing is created, everything is transformed at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, in 2008; and Faking Death: Canadian Art Photography and the Canadian Imagination, at the Jack Shainman Gallery in New York, in 2006. Represented by Pierre-François Ouellette Art Contemporain, his artworks can be found within the collections of several important Canadian and international institutions.
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