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JAO Chia-En
LAST UPDATE : 2021.04.22 / EDITOR : tcaa
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Jao Chia-En received his bachelor's degree in fine arts from the Taipei National University of the Arts (2000), before he graduated from the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-arts in Paris (2004). Jao studied at Goldsmiths, University of London, where he received his master's degree in fine arts (2007), and attended a residency program in Paris in 2007.
Jao’s project-based practice stretches across different mediums, including drawing, performance, site-specific installation, and multichannel video installation. His international experience informs his perspective on the particular conditions of Taiwan’s political, economical, and social situation. His practice — deeply rooted in his local surroundings — has more recently delved into colonial histories and the cross-cultural tensions in the Asia Pacific region. His anthropological and collaborative approach has led him to work with civilian protestors, taxi drivers, and immigrant workers from Southeast Asian countries. For Jao, these personal encounters have generated intriguing and valuable interpretations of history that subtly subvert and question the established, official versions produced by the nation-state and media.
In 2016, Jao was commissioned to make works that entered Guggenheim’s collection as part of the Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Chinese Art Initiative. He was part of the exhibition Tales of Our Time (2016-2017) at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York. In the recent decade, Jao has exhibited at international prominent institutions, including Parasite, Hong Kong (2016); Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany (2015); National Museum of Art , Osaka, Japan (2013); QAGOMA, Brisbane, Australia; MOCA Shanghai, Shanghai, China; Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan (2012); Museo di Arte Contemporanea di Villa Croce, Genova, Italy (2011); and Ludwig Museum, Budapest, Hungary (2010). The artist has also participated in notable exhibitions including, the 7th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Shanghai Biennale (2012), and Taipei Biennial (2012, 2010).

education
2007
MFA
Goldsmiths College of London/
2004
Dipôme National Supérieur d’Arts Plastiques
École Nationale Supérieur des Beaux-Arts de Paris
2000
BFA
Taipei National University of the Arts
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CURRICULUM VITAE
2017
Backseat Boulevard
TKG+ , Taipei , Taiwan
2015
Xeno-epistemics
Künstlerhaus Bethanien , Berlin , Germany
2014
Arms
Art basel HK insight , Hong Kong
2013
Shortcut
Project Fullfill Art Space , Taipei , Taiwan
2011
REM Sleep
The Cube Project Space , Taipei , Taiwan
2011
Thaïndophiliviet
The Cube Project Space , Taipei , Taiwan
2009
You Are The Horse That I Would Never Ride
Taipei Art Village , Taipei , Taiwan
1998
Ground Zero
South-North Gallery , Taipei , Taiwan
2020
The Reason of Sleep
The National Museum of Modern Art , Tokyo , Japan
2019
Unfolding Acts: New Art from Taipei and Perth
Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts , Perth , Australia
2019
Asiatica Film Festival: Flowers of Taiwan
Maxxi Museum , Rome , Italy
2019
NMAO collection with Alberto Giacometti II
National Museum of Art , Osaka , Japan
2019
52artists52actions
Artspace Sydney , Sydney , Australia
2018
Metahistory
TKG+ , Taipei , Taiwan
2018
Taipei Art Award 2018
Taipei Fine Arts Museum , Taipei , Taiwan
2017
Attachments and Unknowns
SA SA BASSAC , Phnom Penh , Cambodia
2017
Misty clouds scattered colours
CFCCA , Liverpool , United Kingdom
2017
7th Shenzhen and Hong Kong Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture
Shenzhen , China
2016
Tales of Our Time
Guggenheim museum , New York , USA
2016
Afterwork
ILHAM Gallery , Kuala Lumpur , Malaysia
2016
Afterwork
Para Site Hong Kong
2015
A Voyage to South
Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts , Kaohsiung , Taiwan
2014
Taipei Art Award 2014
Taipei Fine Arts Museum , Taipei , Taiwan
2014
“The pioneers” of Taiwanese Artists, 1971-1980
National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts , Taichung , Taiwan
2014
Voices Travel: Conversation Between Two Harbours
Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts , Kaohsiung , Taiwan
2013
What We See
National Museum of Art , Osaka , Japan
2012
The 7th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art
QAGOMA , Brisbane , Australia
2012
Shainghai Biennale 2012
MOCA Shainghai , Shainghai , China
2012
Taiwan International Documentary Festival
National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts , Taichung , Taiwan
2012
Taipei Biennal 2012
Taipei Fine Arts Museum , Taipei , Taiwan
2012
The 10th Taishin Arts Award Exhibition
MOCA Taipei , Taipei , Taiwan
2011
Republic without People
Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts , Kaohsiung , Taiwan
2011
Arte da Tawian
Museo di Arte Contemporanea di Villa Croce , Genova , Italy
2010
Taiwan Calling - Phantom of Liberty
Ludwig Museum , Budapest , Hungary
2010
Taipei Biennal 2010
Taipei Fine Arts Museum , Taipei , Taiwan
2010
Post-Adolescence
Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts , Taipei, Taichung , Taiwan
2010
Seven Day Weekend
ENSBA Exhibition Space - Salle Foch , Paris , France
2009
Post.O: The Reverse of Topos
Taiwan
2009
Taiwanpics.doc
ENSBA Exhibition Space - Salle Melpomène and Salle Foch , Paris , France
2009
The La La
LaSalle - Praxis Space Singapore
2008
Dwelling Place
Hong-Gah Museum , Taipei , Taiwan
2008
The Future Can Wait
The Old Truman Brewery Exhibition Space , London , United Kingdom
2008
Polynôme
Théâtre de l'Opprimé , Paris , France
2008
Monumental Vacancies
Gallery EM , Seoul , Korea
2008
Perpetuum Mobile
APT Gallery , London , United Kingdom
2007
Hey Jude
Gallery Royal , Seoul , Korea
2007
Ex-ception Life
Taiwan Digital Art and Information Center Taiwan
2007
New Work UK: Trust Yourself
Whitechapel Gallery , London , United Kingdom
2007
The Future Can Wait
Atlantic Exhibition Space , London , United Kingdom
2007
Pocheon Asia Biennale
Pocheon , Korea    
2007
Juglejuice
EM Gallery , Seoul , Korea    
2007
Black Powder + White Party
Kyunghee Museum , Seoul , Korea    
2007
Multiple Intimacy
Osman Hamdi Exhibition Space , Istanbul , Turkey
2007
A2 TV Channel
A.P.T. Gallery , London , United Kingdom
2007
Goldsmiths MFA Show
Goldsmiths Ben Pimlott Building , London , United Kingdom
2006
The end of world party
B.I.G. project space , Athens , Greece
2005
L’oeil du Touriste
Alain Le Gaillard and Frédéric Giroux Gallery , Paris , France
2003
3 cities-3 spaces-3 days
Hochscule für Angewandte Kunst , Vienna , Austria
2003
On Table
ENSBA Exhibition Space , Paris , France
2000
Squirt Q
Lungmen Gallery , Taipei , Taiwan
1999
All for Love
National Institution of the Arts , Taipei , Taiwan
2015
Künstlerhaus Bethanien
Berlin , Germany
2015
Para Site
Hong Kong
2013
r:ead
Tokyo , Japan
2012
Asian Cultural Council
New York , USA
2010
Council for Cultural Affairs Taiwan - Cité des Arts
Paris , France
2010-2008
La Seine
Paris , France
2009
Taipei Artist Village
Taipei , Taiwan
2008
ORTung Symposium
Strobl , Austria
2017
Merit Award
Taipei Art Award
 
Taipei , Taiwan
2014
Merit Award
Taipei Art Award
 
Taipei , Taiwan
2012
 
Taishin Art Award
 
Taiwan
2011
Shortlist
Signature Art Prize
 
Signature
2011
 
35 Visual Artist Support Prize
 
Taiwan
2008
Final Shortlist
Vauxhall Collective Commission
 
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Seep
This is a time-based projection, each image lasts 5 seconds at the corner of the gallery space, which tries to take over a wall or a sector.

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Hold my burden, hold my mind
The work consists of one slide projector with one positive lm and a diagram-like drawing on the wall. The focus of projection is set at 50cm from the oor so the pro-jection on the oor is blurred. In response, viewers use their hands in order to catch and focus the oating images and texts. This body gesture is suggested by the draw-ing on the wall, which hints the relationship between body posture and mental state. When the image is caught by the viewer, it creates an exchange between th ...

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I must be joking when you were sleeping
The project is to build a wooden structure hung from the ceiling at eye level (153-160 cm from the floor), which connects two entrances of the exhibition space. If visitors follow it, they will walk out the show; nevertheless, they could enter another “same” space to see others’ works by lowering their heads. Besides, this installation is to dismiss the notion of the main wall by discharging the function of two entrances. Through this process, the power relationship between each work and arti ...

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Twilight (Pattern 03)
The installation consists of two parts: a projector (showing 7 images, each lasting 5 seconds) and a series of postcards placed at the entrance where the luminosity is decreased. The postcards show a sequence that goes from 100% to 10% visibility. The original image is a pornographic photograph of a woman in front of an artificial scene with a sunset background. The star elements from the postcard are repeated in the projected slides. Through a process of relating the abstract projected ...
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