Chen Chia-Jen was born in Yunlin, Taiwan. He received his MFA at National Taiwan University of Arts (NTUA), and attended the doctoral program at Art & Technologies de l’image, University Paris 8. He had taught at the School of Fine Art in NTUA, and is currently living and working in Taipei, Taiwan. Photography has been Chen’s primary medium of practice in the recent years. His images, whether digitally altered or in direct photographic forms, possess a sense of disturbance that is initiated by the absence of peoples, things, and places rather than the presence of the visually perceptible. This absence indicates a loss of information, and allows an image to be read beyond its visual surface, creating a poetic interpretation that is no longer the representation of reality. Photography is an approach to materialize imaginations, and the surreality of the materializing process becomes an extension of reality itself.
Chen’s works have been exhibited at the Liverpool Biennale: City States (2012), as well as in Paris, Lyon, Rome, and Budapest, etc. His photography-based pieces are inspired by lives within the city, revealing the conditions of contemporary urban living via direct photography and digitally altered images.