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Islands of Disappearing by WU Chia-Yun 吳家昀《消失島》

  • Date:2023-06-23

Christmas trees waiting to be removed are everywhere on the streets of New York after Christmas. These “jungles” create an outré atmosphere in the city as if they were never part of the real world. The work Islands of Disappearing firstly transforms the “streetscapes” into “images” through photography, and then represents them as “scenes” in the exhibition venue, thereby presenting an unknowable state of dissipation. Based on her practical experience in cinematic arts, the artist connects display with the site-specific feature (i.e., specific time, place and event) of spatial installation in the venue, so as to demonstrate the existence in-between the scenes and the exhibition. She seeks to reflect the birth of art and the void it may entail, just like the Christmas trees that disappeared in situ during the New Year holidays.

About the Artist

Born in 1988, Taiwan, WU Chia-Yun is an artist and filmmaker based in New York. Her work is a mixture of image and has expanded from film to installation and conceptual art. She has applied the technique of film narration, mise-en-scène and cinematic language into the experiments in transmedia and has developed images that penetrate different mediums, discussing the sense of belonging, freedom, and human condition. Her works have been exhibited at some international institutions in London, Paris, Berlin, Bilbao, Lisbon amongst others. She has participated in artist residency “Taipei-Québec Exchange Program”; was also awarded the Director’s Fellowship from International Center of Photography.

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