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Huge Things by the River - Chiu Chih-Wei - Solo Exhibition

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Post date:2024-02-26

Updates:2024-02-27

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Huge Things by the River - Chiu Chih-Wei - Solo Exhibition
Event Time
Tue. - Sat. 11:00-19:00
Event Location
B1, No. 82, Sec. 3, Xinsheng N. Rd., Zhongshan Dist., Taipei City Taiwan, R.O.C
Compared to the hustle and bustle above, there is desolation and calm water under the bridge. Whenever I wander outside the river embankment, I can't help but stare at the scenery in front of me. By picking up my camera and recording them properly, I declare this landscape a monument.

Towering elevated structures, infinitely extending riverbanks, vast lawns and huge rivers, looking at these huge things, it always feels both familiar and odd to me. Even though I have lived here for more than twenty years, I have never paid serious attention to them. These huge things have always been there, even though they were never well noticed, so huge yet ignored, like graceful monuments hidden in the city. Monuments in the past were like physical archives, with reliefs and texts trying to turn history into eternity, but what I call "graceful monuments" are more like casually recorded moments in daily life. They are spaces that speak on my behalf, places where I can stop in all sizes, speeds, weights, rhythms and moments. They are memorials that stack up the fragments of my life. Even though I may not always remember them, when I see them again, I always recall certain moments and try not to forget them. So light and important, in other words, they are such "huge things".

The exhibition "Huge Things by the River" is based on my mobile experience and physical sensation on river embankments, under viaducts and along the river. Through black-and-white photography, long-lens video, and sculptural installations, the visual elements around the river embankment are extracted and turned into a personal commemorative scene. By reorganizing these huge and light landscapes, a heterotopia is presented that can be gazed at, and these slices of images and textures become triggers of memory, once again leading us through the huge things by the river.

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