RU Exhibition: The Impossibility of Form

When 15 Sep 2018 - 14 Oct 2018
Where Cuchifritos Gallery + Project Space
120 Essex Street
New York 10002
United States

Opening Reception: Thursday, September 20 from 6-8p
Exhibition dates: September 15 through October 14, 2018
Gallery Hours: Tuesday through Sunday, 12-6p

Curated by Jodi Waynberg, in association with Residency Unlimited (RU).

Cuchifritos Gallery and Residency Unlimited are pleased to present their eighth annual collaboration, The Impossibility of Form, featuring new work from artists Tomás Cunha Ferreira (Portugal), Tzu Tung Lee (Taiwan), and Kairon Liu (Taiwan).

Exploring a diversity of subjects—the status of the art object, political action, social inclusion—Ferreira, Lee and Liu reject the rarefied space of categorical definitions moving between materiality and disciplines. Through distinct practices, their work investigates the complex relationship between institutional structures and visual language, and in both composition and content asserts a state of in-betweenness.


Tomás Cunha Ferreira’s work combines various supports, in a cross-border and open circuit practice – they function as prototypes, which can take on various stages and states – as reading scores, notations, visual poems, emblems, patterns, paintings, murals, etc. To this extent, each work results in a condensed hybrid figure, whose reading is in constant transition between visual elements and rhythmic or sonic ones. Tomás Cunha is currently running a beach project at Cova do Vapor, Trafaria – a fisherman’s marginal community in the outskirts of Lisbon (Vapor nº1, may 2018, included works and performances at the beach by Ana Cardoso, Alexandre Estrela, Tomás Cunha Ferreira, Martin Laborde, Gary Hill, Miguel Soares, João Simões and Belén Uriel).

Lee Tzu-Tung(李紫彤) is a new media artist, a political activist, and a visual anthropologist whose art practice combines rigorous academic research with political activism. Through performances, web-art, installations, fictional and experimental films she examines how one can survive, manipulate, regain autonomy through their political identities, with a special focus on the hegemony of Chinese Sino-centrism, the trauma of modernity and the current epistemological injustice. Lee Tzu-Tung was awarded the Experimental Film funds from the National Cultural Art Foundation in Taiwan. Her political work includes organizing monthly conferences at Café Philo Chicago and Café Philo New York, working with the political youth NGOs Overseas Taiwanese for Democracy , and editing the bilingual political magazine NewBloom.

As a visual artist and photographer, Kairon Liu’s practice reflects his observations about beliefs in human society through the creation of narratives exploring different issues related to religion, disease, and common values. Since 2017, Kairon is developing the project Humans As Hosts focused on understanding the living situation of people with HIV and heightening awareness about AIDS. In collaboration with social networks, NGOs, and Health Authorities, Kairon recruits HIV-positive individuals to volunteer as participants. The resulting images tare to be viewed as the proof/disproof of the stereotypical prejudices and discrimination produced by society. Kairon Liu is the National Winner of the 201 Sony World Photography Awards (SWPA for his project “Married the Christmas”.

Image courtesy of the organizer(s).

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