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LAST UPDATE : 2019.10.20 / EDITOR : avatintern
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I-Hsuen Chen is a young up rising Taiwanese artist who graduated from Fu Jen Catholic University, Department of Advertising & Public Relations, and received his MFA in Photography from Pratt Institute, in 2012. Currently, he works between Taipei and New York. He works mostly with photography and videos. In 2012, He participated in the New York Photo Festival (2012), was the only Asian artist being selected. In the same year, he was also awarded with the PHOTO TAIPEI Emerging Artist.

In July 2013, I-Hsuen had a solo exhibition, I am Leaving this City, in hpgrp GALLERY, New York; in which he explored the lost sense of belonging when traveling back and forth between the two cities. February 2014, He had another solo exhibition Nessun Dorma in Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, where he sang the famous aria, “Nessun Dorma,”and replace each phonetic of the song with Chinese character, presented in a way that feels like subtitle, but meaningless. He create this sarcastic statement on how the audience blindly worship something due to its fame not of its significance.

His photography “Nowhere in Taiwan “series, a journey of self-exploration and self-identification, is collected by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, as the permanent collection after the New York exhibition. This series is also expected to be exhibit at the Taipei Fine Arts Museum.

birth year
1982
Place of Birth
Taipei
Taiwan
education
2012
Master Fine Art, Photography
Pratt Institute, New York
2005
BA Advertising & Public Relations
Fu Jen Catholic University, Taipei
personal website
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CURRICULUM VITAE
2016
Still Life Analysis II : The Island
Fotoaura Institute of Photography , Tainan , Taiwan
2015
I Went Abroad, and then I Went Back
Taipei Fine Arts Museum , Taipei , Taiwan
2014
Still Life Analysis
Bamboo Curtain Studio , Taipei , Taiwan
2014
Nessun Dorma
Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts , Taipei , Taiwan
2013
I am Leaving this City
hpgrp Gallery , New York , USA
2012
Nowhere in Taiwan
Pratt Steuben South Gallery , New York , USA
2017
NOWHERE WE MEET...
www.nowherewemeet.com Taiwan
2016
Gestures and archives of the present, genealogies of the future: Taipei Biennial 2016
Taipei Fine Arts Museum , Taipei , Taiwan
2015
The Real Thing
National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts , Taichung , Taiwan
2015
On Site Artfest
URS21 , Taipei , Taiwan
2015
Road Show
Dynasty Gallery , Taipei , Taiwan
2014
Taipei Arts Award 2014
Taipei Fine Arts Museum , Taipei , Taiwan
2014
The Spirit of Cities
Taipei , Taiwan
2014
Singapore International Photography Festival
Singapore
2013
Don't Look Back, CCNY Staff Show
The Camera Club of New York , New York , USA
2013
If You Can’t Sing, I Do not Want to be Part of Your Revolution
Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts , Taipei , Taiwan
2013
Chuan's 3/5
Miimi Project Space , Taipei , Taiwan
2013
Kaohsiung Award
Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Art , Kaohsiung , Taiwan
2013
PAUSE
Foley Gallery , New York , USA
2013
Traces of Omnipresence
308 at 156 Project Art Space , New York , USA
2012
PHOTO TAIPEI 2012
Taipei , Taiwan
2012
The Camera of New York
Annual Benefit Auction , New York , USA
2012
Folk Remedy
Ren Tea House , New York , USA
2012
Near Collisions
Port Authority Bus Terminal , New York , USA
2012
The New York Photo Award Exhibition 2012 Art Student Exhibition in NY 2012
ISE Cultural Foundation , New York , USA
2012
Simply
The Center for Fine Art Photography , Fort Collins , USA
2012
PhotoPlace Open
PhotoPlace Gallery , Vermont , USA
2012
Pratt MFA Show
Pratt Manhattan Gallery , New York , USA
2012
Beyond 1 lens & Over 100 eyes
hpgrp GALLERY NEW YORK , New York , USA
2012
New York Photo Festival Invitational Exhibition
New York , USA
2012
EXCAVATION / MEMORY
Ed. Varie Gallery , New York , USA
2011
Annual Salon Show
Greenpoint Gallery , New York , USA
2011
No Trend
Pratt Steuben South Gallery , New York , USA
2011
Art from the Heart
25CPW Gallery , New York , USA
2010
Layers
Pratt Dekalb Gallery , New York , USA
2013
Exhibition
Don't Look Back, 2013 CCNY Staff Show
The Camera Club of New York
New York , USA
2014
 
Taipei Fine Arts Award
Taipei Fine Arts Museum
Taipei , Taiwan
2014
Best Portfolio
Singapore International Photography Festival
 
Singapore
2014
Best Portfolio
Young Art Taipei 專家面對面計劃
Taiwan Contemporary Art Link
Taipei , Taiwan
2013
Photography Catagory Winner
Kaohsiung Award
 
Kaohsiung , Taiwan
2012
PHOTO TAIPEI Emerging Artist Award
 
 
Taipei , Taiwan
2012
Nomination
PDN30 2013
 
2012
Student Fine Art Series Category Winner
The New York Photo Award
 
New York , USA
2012
 
Flash Forward - Emerging Photographers 2012
Magenta Foundation
Canada
2012
 
New York Photo Festival Invitational Winner 2012 Culturehall New Artist Feature
 
New York , USA
2012
Blurb Book Prize
Hey, Hot Shot! 2nd Edition 2011
Jen Bekman Gallery
New York , USA
2012
Honorable Mentions
Hey, Hot Shot! 2nd Edition 2011
Jen Bekman Gallery
New York , USA
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Nowhere in Taiwan
Nowhere in Taiwan is a selection of photographs made while traveling through my native country of Taiwan in the summer of 2011. Influenced by the idea of the “road trip” in American photography, exemplified in the work of such photographers as Robert Frank, Stephen Shore, and Joel Sternfeld, I set out to find scenes and situations that seem to be “in between,” neither landscape nor cityscape but existing in an ambiguous space I call “nowhere.” Some of these sites are suburban, or partl ...
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Nessun Dorma
I always have the feeling of not being understood. But there are always people want to tell me their secrets. They might think that I would understand how they feel. Well, there must be some misunderstanding, which I do not understand. I don’t mean to make this exhibition to challenge the audience, see if they really understand my work. There are so many different ways to perceive and interpret an artwork. Thus I would prefer to create some misunderstandings, shifting the context of th ...
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Still Life Analysis
Still Life Analysis is part of Chen’s on-site project during his residency at Bamboo Curtain Studio (Mar-May, 2014). The concept for the exhibition came from the artist’s ongoing curiosity in “garbage-like” objects. “I have always been interested in garbage,” Chen mentioned in his artist statement, “I always pay attention to objects left on the street- things once used but cast away at the end. What is being thrown out? And why is it left on the street?” He looks for trash on the street every ...
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