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Post date:2023-09-14



« CdV » - Jao Chia-En Solo Exhibition
Event Time
Tue. - Sun. 9:30 - 17:30
Event Location
No.181, Sec. 3, Zhongshan N. Rd, Zhongshan Dist., Taipei City Taiwan, R.O.C
A shipment from Vienna of objects from 113 years ago serves as the start of the conceptual practice of this exhibition. Those images and their carriers generated from the 1910 Japan–British Exhibition: including the Carte de Visite (CdV) patented in 1854, postcards, newspapers, and paper doll souvenirs with images on them, enough to fill a private residence in Vienna. Through a journey completed through the use of fossil fuels, these objects were able to leave their place of origin and interact with another cultural and intellectual text. Another part of the exhibition is about the authorization of images, the power of reproduction and redistribution, and the relationship between morality and aesthetics. The exhibition presents the review of images through the process of printing, publishing and reproducing some of the images collected by Radauer and showcasing them in a public exhibition.

Born in Taichung, Taiwan in 1976
Now lives and works in Taipei

Chia-En Jao received his bachelor's degree in fine arts from the Taipei National University of the Arts (2000), before he graduated from the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-arts in Paris (2004). Jao studied at Goldsmiths, University of London, where he received his master's degree in fine arts (2007), and attended a residency program in Paris in 2007.

Jao’s project-based practice stretches across different mediums, including drawing, performance, site-specific installation, and multichannel video installation. His international experience informs his perspective on the particular conditions of Taiwan’s political, economical, and social situation. His practice — deeply rooted in his local surroundings — has more recently delved into colonial histories and the cross-cultural tensions in the Asia Pacific region. His anthropological and collaborative approach has led him to work with civilian protestors, taxi drivers, and immigrant workers from Southeast Asian countries. For Jao, these personal encounters have generated intriguing and valuable interpretations of history that subtly subvert and question the established, official versions produced by the nation-state and media.

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