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Nessun Dorma
2014
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CHEN I-Hsuen
Nessun Dorma
2014
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Nessun Dorma
2014
Single-channel video , Double channels Video
Dimensions Variable
Nessun Dorma
2014
Single-channel video , Double channels Video
Dimensions Variable
Nessun Dorma
2014
Single-channel video , Double channels Video
Dimensions Variable
Nessun Dorma
2014
Single-channel video , Double channels Video
Dimensions Variable
Nessun Dorma
2014
Single-channel video , Double channels Video
Dimensions Variable
Nessun Dorma
2014
Single-channel video , Double channels Video
Dimensions Variable
Nessun Dorma
2014
Single-channel video , Double channels Video
Dimensions Variable
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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 the work beyond its surface. In other words, it is not just what it is. I am fascinated by these misunderstandings between communication and perception. Instead of giving answers, I would rather ask questions, to make it more poetic with the possible ambiguities.

Therefore in my work, fail portraits of people suffering from Insomnia with their eyes closed. The camera lens is blocked off by someone’s finger, but produces even more light. The photograph of snow is not just the snow, also the Italian opera is more than just opera. Wanted to be accepted and to be understood, I tell some secrets to my friend but only videotaped their facial expression without my speaking voice. All the punctums are missing in my photobook gutter, but the emotions are still there.
For many years I have been dealing with all sorts of things about communication and perception. I studied advertising and PR in college, learning how to use different media to communicate with consumers. Singing in a choir for 10 years, I share feelings with the audience and also with other singers on stage. For now I am an artist. I try to reveal myself, but at the same time have to think of how the audiences would perceive my work. We are not only making art for ourselves, after all. Now I suddenly realize why people always think that I would understand them.

Then again, I still hope someone could understand me.

ARTISTS
3 artworks / 35 exhibition
Photographic Art
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 a ...
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KEYWORDS
CHEN I-Hsuen, 2011, Photographic Art
CHEN I-Hsuen, 2014, Photographic Art