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Chen Chieh-jen

Chen Chieh-jen On Going 2006

Chen Chieh-jen | Taiwan b.1960 | On Going (still) 2006 | 35mm film transferred to DVD, single channel. Continuous loop, colour, silent, 20:22 mins, ed. 4 of 5 | Image courtesy: The artist

b.1960 Taoyuan, Taiwan
Lives and works in Taipei, Taiwan

Chen Chieh-jen has been a significant figure in the development of Taiwanese conceptual art since the early 1980s. A self-taught artist, he was a prominent and controversial figure during Taiwan’s martial law period, and his practice directly reflects on the historical events through which he lived. Using the conventions of documentary filmmaking, Chen’s films weave together real and historical footage, often conveying a sense of disjointedness by moving slowly between past and present, prompting the viewer to consider the distinction between the real and the illusory. The individual’s experience in communal settings (factories, prisons and places of industry), and the situation of those existing outside the mainstream, are consistent strands in his work, including On Going 2006, to be featured in APT6. Chen’s films are elegiac commentaries on human resilience and issues of accountability, critically addressing social and economic inequities in contemporary society.

Exhibitions (solo): Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain, 2008; Asia Society Museum, New York, United States, 2007. Exhibitions (group): 53rd Biennale of Venice, Italy, 2009; Istanbul Biennial, Turkey, 2007; Biennale of Sydney, Australia, 2006; 51st Biennale of Venice, Italy, 2005.

APT6 exhibiting artists and projects are: Minam Apang | Isabel & Alfredo Aquilizan | Chen Chieh-Jen | Chen Qiulin | Cheo Chai-Hiang | DAMP | Solomon Enos | Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian | Subodh Gupta | Gonkar Gyatso | Kyungah Ham | Ho Tzu Nyen | Emre Hüner | Raafat Ishak | Runa Islam | Ayaz Jokhio | Takeshi Kitano | Ang Lee | Mansudae Art Studio | Rudi Mantofani | Mataso Printers | The Mekong: Bùi Công Khánh, Jun Nguyen-Hatsushiba, Sopheap Pich, Manit Sriwanichpoom, Svay Ken, Tun Win Aung & Wah Nu, Vandy Rattana | Tracey Moffatt | Farhad MoshiriKohei Nawa | Shinji Ohmaki | The One Year Drawing Project | Pacific Reggae: Roots Beyond the Reef | Rithy Panh | Reuben Paterson | Campbell Patterson | Wit Pimkanchanapong | Qiu Anxiong | Kibong Rhee | Hiraki Sawa | Shirana Shahbazi | Shooshie Sulaiman | Thukral & Tagra | Charwei Tsai | Vanuatu Sculptors | Rohan Wealleans | Leba Toki, Bale Jione & Robin White | Yang Shaobin | Yao Jui-Chung | YNG | Zhu Weibing & Ji Wenyu