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Chen Po-I
LAST UPDATE : 2019.04.1 / EDITOR : tcaa
5 artworks / 93 exhibition

Born in 1972 in Chiayi, Chen Po-I received his master degree in Ocean Engineering at National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) in Taiwan.

As a photographer, Chen’s works concern the humanities and social aspects of Taiwan, using his lens to connect himself with the greater context of Taiwanese society. With this, his photographs have the power to express the collective memories of Taiwan.

His photographic works are frequently invited for exhibitions, recently include Into Society: Critical Realism in Taiwanese Photographic Arts since 1990 (Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts; 2012), Crossroads‧Another Dimension—A Cross-Strait Four-Regions Artistic Exchange Project 2013(He Xiangning Art Museum, 2013), Records of the Relocation of Hongmaogang Village( Knaudo Museum of Fine Arts, 2013), and Voices Travel: Conversation Between Two Harbours (Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts; 2014), The Pioneers of Taiwanese Artists, 1971-1980(The National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, 2014). His works came into public notice internationally when they were shown at the Phnom Penh International Festival of Contemporary Photography in Cambodia in 2013. In 2015, he participates an art and cultural research project Rebirth of Doom – Regional Exchange and Dialogue Between Taiwan and Macau.

birth year
1972
Place of Birth
Chiayi
Taiwan
Place of Residence
Tainan
Taiwan
education
2015
Bachelor of Ph.D. Hydraulic and Ocean Engineering
National Cheng Kung University
1997
M.S. Hydraulic and Ocean Engineering
National Cheng Kung University
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CURRICULUM VITAE
2018
Records of the Relocation of Hongmaogang Village
NCU Art Center , Chungli , Taiwan
2015
Records of the Relocation of Hongmaogang Village
NHCUE Art Space, CCU Center of Cultural Events , Hsinchu, Chiayi , Taiwan
2014
Morakot
Kao Yuan University Arts Center , Kaohsiung , Taiwan
2013
Records of the Relocation of Hongmaogang Village
Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts , Taipei , Taiwan
2013
Morakot
Tsing Hua University Arts Center, Fotoaura institute of photography , HsinChu, Tainan , Taiwan
2012
Stone Age
Ewuyu Art Space , Taitung , Taiwan
2011
OutLook
Floor 8 Contemporary Art Space , Taipei , Taiwan
2010
OutLook
Fotoaura Institute of Photography , Tainan , Taiwan
2010
History Without Memory-Bamboo Fence Diary
National Cheng Kung University Arts Center , Tainan , Taiwan
2009
Floating
102 Art Space , Tainan , Taiwan
2009
Toward the Twilight
Project Fulfill Art Space , Taipei , Taiwan
2009
History Without Memory-Bamboo Fence Diary
Fotoaura Institute of Photography , Tainan , Taiwan
2017
Air Surprise: An Aerial View of Heterogeneous Landscapes in Modern and Contemporary Taiwan and Japan
galerie nichido Taipei , Taipei , Taiwan
2017
Taipei Art District Festival 2017
LIANG GALLERY , Taipei , Taiwan
2017
Next Art Tainan 2017
InART Space , Tainan , Taiwan
2016
2016 Hopscotch - Art Bank Relay Exhibition
Zheng Xing Cafe , Tainan , Taiwan
2016
Lost in the Möbius—Taiwan・Macau
Taipei Artist Village , Taipei , Taiwan
2016
Dance with the Museum Collection – Retrieved, Reimagined, Restated
Taipei Fine Arts Museum , Taipei , Taiwan
2016
Rivers - The Way of Living in Transition / Asia Contemporary Art Links
Gwangju Biennale Gallery 1 , Gwangju , Taiwan
2016
Visibility
SinPinPier - Absolutely Art Space , Kaohsiung , Taiwan
2016
Tainan Chinatown
Fotoaura Institute of Photography , Tainan , Taiwan
2016
Dream Hometown
Farglory Museum , Taipei , Taiwan
2016
Lendemain Chagrin
Maison Européenne de la Photographie , Paris , France
2015
Geist
Tsung-Yeh Arts and Cultural Center , Tainan , Taiwan
2015
Integral City:Urban Villages within the City
WE Space for the Arts , Xiamen , China
2015
Very Fun Park 2015
Daan Old Mansion , Taipei , Taiwan
2015
Urban Legend
Absolute Space for the Arts , Tainan , Taiwan
2015
13th Taishin Arts Award Exhibition
Museum of National Taipei University of Education , Taipei , Taiwan
2015
Rivers - The Way of Living in Transition / Asia Contemporary Art Links
B4 Warehouse of the Pier-2 Art Center , Kaohsiung , Taiwan
2015
Place, Memory, History - Dialogue between Documentary Photography and Contemporary Art
Hakka Cultural Center - Miaoli Park , Miaoli , Taiwan
2015
Rivers - The Way of Living in Transition / Asia Contemporary Art Links
B4 Warehouse of The Pier-2 Art Center , Kaohsiung , Taiwan
2015
Contemporary Images from the Museum Collection
Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts , Kaohsiung , Taiwan
2015
The Great Scenery
Absolute Space for the Arts , Tainan , Taiwan
2015
Window View of Life:Place, Environment, Identity
Art Bank , Taichung , Taiwan
2014
The Pioneers of Taiwanese Artists, 1971-1980
National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts , Taichung , Taiwan
2014
Asia Independent Art II: Individual Originated Politic
Gimhae Arts And Sports Center , Busan , Korea
2014
On Site
Treasure Hill Artist Village , Taipei , Taiwan
2014
Basically. Forever.
Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography , Tokyo , Japan
2014
Cross-Strait Young Artists / Taipei: The Lost Garden
ESLITE Gallery , Taipei , Taiwan
2014
Cloud of Unknowing: A City with Seven Streets
Taipei Fine Art Museum , Taipei , Taiwan
2014
Voices Travel: Conversation Between Two Harbours
Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts , Kaohsiung , Taiwan
2014
Chen Po-I, Chiu Chao-Tsai and Chin Cheng-Te at TAV
Taipei Artist Village , Taipei , Taiwan
2014
It looks sound but...
Apartment of Art , Munich , Germany
2014
Hongmaogang, Don't forget it
C5 Warehouse of the Pier-2 Art Center , Kaohsiung , Taiwan
2014
DISCO•VERY
C4 Warehouse of the Pier-2 Art Center , Kaohsiung , Taiwan
2014
The Place Where We Belong to: Contemporary Art by Young Taiwanese Artists
Taiwan Academy , New York , USA
2014
Crossroads‧Another Dimension—A Cross-Strait Four-Regions Artistic Exchange Project 2013
Hong Kong City Hall Hong Kong
2013
PhotoPhnomPenh
Institut français du Cambodge , Phnom Penh , Cambodia
2013
Romance of NG
TKG+ Taipei , Taipei , Taiwan
2013
Twilight, The Prospects of Asian Industry, Korea, Japan, Taiwan Collaborative Art Project
Cheng Da Bookstore , Tainan , Taiwan
2013
Crossroads‧Another Dimension—A Cross-Strait Four-Regions Artistic Exchange Project 2013
Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts , Kaohsiung , Taiwan
2013
Crossroads‧Another Dimension—A Cross-Strait Four-Regions Artistic Exchange Project 2013
Macao Museum of Art, He Xiangning Art Museum , Macao, Shenzhen , China
2013
Exploring the Museum Collection. Check-in: Traveling with the Artist
Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts, , Kaohsiung , Taiwan
2012
Remaking Memories- Selected Photographic Works from the NTMoFA Collection
National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts , Taichung , Taiwan
2012
Flaneur in the Insular Cities- The Group Exhibition of Contemporary Asian Photography
Howl Space , Tainan , Taiwan
2012
YES, TAIWAN - 2012 Taiwan Biennial
National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts , Taichung , Taiwan
2012
Into Society: Critical Realism in Taiwanese Photographic Arts since 1990
Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts , Kaohsiung , Taiwan
2012
OutLook, Dali International Photography Exhibition
Dali , China
2012
Different Dimension, 4th Novosibirsk International Festival of Contemporary Photography
Novosibirsk State Art Museum , Novosibirsk , Russia
2012
Radio Morning Exercises
Fotoaura institute of photography , Tainan , Taiwan
2012
City Life Under the Lens—A Century of Taipei
Taipei Photography Center , Taipei , Taiwan
2011
Maya
Sin Pin Pier—Absolutely Art Space , Kaohsiung , Taiwan
2011
Remembering as a Social Narrative in Taiwanese Photography
Lishui International Photography Cultural Festival , Lishui , China
2011
Worldwide @ Young Portfolio
Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts , Kiyosato , Japan
2011
Windows to Taiwan
Porter Butts and Class of 1925 Gallery , Madison , USA
2011
Radio Morning Exercises
Floor 8 Contemporary Art Space , Taipei , Taiwan
2011
Into Society: Critical Realism in Taiwanese Photography Since 1990
Jungil Arts Hall, National Cheng Kung University Arts Center , Taoyuan, Tainan , Taiwan
2011
Gazing the Coastlines
AOTU photographic center , Xiamen , China
2011
Stories Developing - 10 Contemporary Photographers of Taiwan
Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts , Kaohsiung , Taiwan
2011
Ensure Hanging
Sin Pin Pier—Absolutely Art Space , Kaohsiung , Taiwan
2010
Four Dimension
Hong Kong Arts Centre Hong Kong
2010
Into Society: Critical Realism in Taiwanese Photography Since 1990
Taiwan Photo Museum , Taipei , Taiwan
2010
Different Dimension, 3rd Novosibirsk International Festival of Contemporary Photography
Novosibirsk State Art Museum , Novosibirsk , Russia
2010
The Seeing of Travel
Lu tai Art Space , Tainan , Taiwan
2009
The Boundary of the Imagination
Living Stone Art Space , Tainan , Taiwan
2009
Fusion Folks—Contemporary Art Exhibition
Bopiliao , Taipei , Taiwan
2009
Oceanic History of Kaohsiung
Kao Yuan Art Center , Kaohsiung , Taiwan
2008
De-Construction
Taiwan International Visual Arts Center , Taipei , Taiwan
2008
The 6th Taoyuan Creation Award
Cultural Affairs Bureau of Taoyuan County Government , Taoyuan , Taiwan
2008
Second Vision
National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts , Taichung , Taiwan
2008
Open City: Architecture in Art
Taipei Fine Art Museum , Taipei , Taiwan
2008
Young Portfolio Acquisitions 2007
Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts , Kiyosato , Japan
2007
Seeing Ethics
Nanhai Gallery , Taipei , Taiwan
2007
Hong Mao Gang, the Beautiful
Hong Mao Gang , Kaohsiung , Taiwan
2007
Kaohsiung Awards and the 24th Kaohsiung Fine Arts Exhibition
Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts , Kaohsiung , Taiwan
2007
Young Portfolio Acquisitions 2006
Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts , Kiyosato , Japan
2006
Decade Show
Taiwan International Visual Arts Center , Taipei , Taiwan
2006
Attachment
National Cheng Kung University Arts Center , Tainan , Taiwan
2006
Young Portfolio Acquisitions 2005
Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts , Kiyosato , Japan
2005
Migration
Kaohsiung Culture Center , Kaohsiung , Taiwan
2005
Art of Kaohsiung 2005 Unseen History: Art of images in Kaohsiung
Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts , Kaohsiung , Taiwan
2004
Young Photographer’s Award
Taiwan International Visual Arts Center , Taipei , Taiwan
2015
Selected Prize
13th Taishin Arts Award Nomination
Taishin Bank Foundation for Arts and Culture
Taipei , Taiwan
2013
Nomination
13th Taishin Arts Award Nomination
Taishin Bank Foundation for Arts and Culture
Taipei , Taiwan
2012
 
Best Photography
Dali International Photography Festival
Dali , China
2012
 
Grants of Fine Arts
National Culture and Arts Foundation
Taipei , Taiwan
2011
 
S-An Award
S-An Cultural Foundation
Taipei , Taiwan
2011
 
Best Photography
Lishui International Photography Cultural Festival
Dali , China
2010
 
Grants of Fine Arts
National Culture and Arts Foundation
Taipei , Taiwan
2009
 
Grants of Fine Arts
Department of Culture Affairs, Taipei City Government
2008
First Prize
The Taoyuan Creation Award
 
Taoyuan , Taiwan
2007
Honorable Mention
Taipei Art Awards
Taipei Fine Arts Museum
Taipei , Taiwan
2006
Nomination
Kaohsiung Art Awards
Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts
Kaohsiung , Taiwan
2004
 
Young Photographer’s Award
 
Taipei , Taiwan
1996
 
Hua Deng Young Photographer’s Award
 
Tainan , Taiwan
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Wild Temple Fairs
2003-
I am applying a light of humor on the lively religious scenes in Taiwan, allowing us to look into the grand topic of faith within the wild temple fairs. Taiwan Temple Fair takes the form of an open-air theater, and so the audience, actors, religious rituals, and the lives of ordinary people are intermingled, casual and unrestrained, forming a free, bustling scene of temple fairs. On-site, with life and faith mixed together, I attempt to display the strong personal will of Taiwan temple cultur ...
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The Exorcist
1999-2004
I wish to express how human being transcends into the deity in my The Exorcist. In Taiwanese temple festivities exorcists are an indispensable character who helps communicate between the mortal and the deity. Regarded as people’s religious headquarters, many temples located in either rustic or urban areas are dominated by different sect of deities. These deities are conceptually called down from and become branches of some historical mother temples. Every time when the area suffers from any c ...
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OutLooK
2005-
Seeing through the window frame, these shots record not only the changes of landscape but also the industrial expansion and the concomitant urban sprawl and renewal. Recorded accordingly are people’s change of memories for the land and thereupon an outlook on these changes.
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Morakot
2009-2013
These are pictures taken after the attack of Typhoon Morakot. They try to capture the moment when Typhoon Morakot brought the devastating damage to the affected area and, in particular, a village called Nansha-lu in southern Taiwan. Through the still shots, I try to represent the irreversible ravage caused by the heavy rainfall and the disastrous mudslide.
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