Born 1979 Kaohsiung City, Taiwan
Lives and works in
Hou I-Ting works across video, performance and altered photography, often with a focus on women’s labour. The contrast between individual expression and repetitive processes of production, and personal and collective histories, are interwoven in her practice. I-Ting considers the ways in which a succession of colonial and political regimes in Taiwan have determined the role of women in the workforce, and on the particular products associated with female labour. In a series of works on paper, she used brightly coloured embroidery to contrast with black and white historical images of Taiwanese women at work in a production line. For her performance-based installation, Sewing Fields, she recreated a labour force of embroiderers in the gallery for the duration of the exhibition. A recent group of works has concentrated on food production, particularly the monotonous preparation of elaborate Bento boxes for Taiwanese railway passengers, which has taken place in the same factory for 70 years.